Nature Spots in Fukushima Area

  • Abukuma Cave
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    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Tamurashi Takinemachisugaya Higashi Busan 1
    This limestone cave was carved out over 80,000,000 years. The 600 meter length is filled with limestone stalactites and stalagmites, creating an enchanting scene. The largest attraction is the 30 meter high grotto, the Takine Palace, filled with limestone formations like the Crystal Curtain, grotto Coral, and more.

    Cost is 1200Yen per adult - average size limestone cave but I have been to better ones in Japan and other countries. Ryusendo and Utsonomiya are way bigger and better. Considering the distance...

  • Lake Inawashiro
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This massive lake at almost the direct center of Fukushima Prefecture is Japan’s fourth largest in area. It boasts a long history, being used for farm irrigation from the Edo period, and it is spoken of in Kobo Daishi’s Legends of Okinajima. Mt. Bandai stretches to the north, and it is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery including Oshika-zakura cherry and Tatsusawa Virgin Forest, Natural Monuments. There are rental bicycles available at Inawashiro Station and Roadside Station Inawashiro, so you can ride through the beauty of Lake Inawashiro through all four seasons.
  • Goshikinuma Lakes
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    The Goshikinuma (five-colors) lake group consists of dozens of large and small lakes, such as the Bishamon-numa, the Akanuma, and the Rurinuma. The water color of each lake varies according to the size of the particles in the water. The emerald green or cobalt blue shining water surface is mysteriously beautiful. It takes an hour and a half to stroll along the walking path.
  • Oze National Park
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    Gunma prefecture, Tochigi prefecture, Fukushima prefecture, Niigata prefecture
    This is the largest high wetland in Honshu also known as the motif of a nationally beloved song, Natsu-no Omoide (“Summer Memories”). It is the 29th national park in Japan and includes Ozegahara. It is home to animals and plants unique to wetlands such as mizubasho (lysichiton americanum or asian skunk cabbage), iris setosa (arctic iris) and ermine as well as alpine plants such as day lilies and gentiana thunbergii. As the whole park area is formed by mountains such as Mt. Kasagatake, Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Hiuchigatake, climbing equipment and clothes suitable to the season are indispensable. There are three campgrounds in the area and two visitor centers, and it is a base for walking and climbing.
  • To-no-Hetsuri
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunshimogoumachi Yagoshima Shimoji forest
    A cliff located in Okawa Hatori Prefectural Nature Park in Shimogo Town, Minamiaizu County, Fukushima Prefecture. The area has many natural rock formations which visitors can view up close thanks to a nearby suspension bridge. The cliff was also selected as a National Natural Monument in 1943. Many visitors come here to enjoy the area's seasonal scenery.
  • Mt. Iimori
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    Fukushima Pref. Aiduwakamatsushi Ikkimachiyahata
    This is the place where the graves of the 19 Byakkotai samurai who fought for the Aizu domain in the Boshin War committed suicide after seeing Tsuruga-jo Castle on fire from this mountain. Mt. Iimori is a low mountain located about two kilometers from the town of Aizu Wakamatsu, and a slop conveyor (moving walkway) at the bottom of the mountain is also available that makes it easy to reach the top.
  • Lake Hibara
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
    Lake Hibara is the largest lake in the Urabandai area. It has a circumference of 32 kilometers and a maximum depth of 31 meters. The beautiful blue waters offer a gentle surface, and there are sightseeing cruises, campgrounds and walking trails to better enjoy the area. In winter, you can go ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt, so there’s something all year round.
  • Jododaira
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    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Tsuchiyuonsenmachi Washakurayama
    Jododaira is a subalpine plateau on Washikurayama, Tsuchiyu Onsen Town, Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture. The coniferous forest and marshland creates a unique landscape. The visitors center is the central location for their five trekking courses which vary from a 20-minute walk to hikes that can take a few hours. There is an observatory that is open every Wednesday and Saturday evening for star gazing. The road is closed from late October to early April due to snow.
  • Mt. Bandai
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
    This is an active volcano located in Inawashiro Town, Yama Country, Fukushima Prefecture, and is designated as one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. It has an altitude of about 1,816 meters. The view from the top of the mountain is wonderful, and you can see the scenery of the mountain foothills, to the huge peaks of the Nasu Mountain Range to Mt. Aizu Komagatake. In the foothills to the south of Lake Inawashiroko, is what is called Omote (the front side) Bandai and to the north is called Ura (behind) Bandai, each with various trekking courses. The Goshikinuma Nature Trek that goes around the mysteriously colored lakes of Ura Bandai, and the Happodai Mountain Climbing Path where the path is not steep and the climb is easy, are popular.
  • Sanjo Falls
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    Fukushima Pref. Minamiaidugunhinoematamura Mount Mt.
    "This waterfall on the border of Niigata and Fukushima Prefectures has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls. The falls are on the Tadami River that flows from the Ozegahara Marshland to Lake Okutadami, and a popular trekking route connects it with Hiraname-no-taki Falls. The area's so beautiful that it's been said ""A visit to Ozei isn't complete without seeing Sanjo Falls and Ayamedaira marshlands"" Registered with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, Oze is one of Japan's premier high-altitude marshlands. Used as a base for mountain climbing, it's part of Oze National Park, which covers a vast area spanning four prefectures."
  • Urabandai Highland
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    Kitashiobara Village, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
    "Urabandai Highland is a highland area to the north of Mt. Bandai, located around 25 minutes' drive from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway. Viewed from the south, Mt. Bandai has a very neat, mountain-like appearance, but the north side has a rough, irregular shape due to sectoral collapse, hence the name ""Urabandai"" (meaning ""Back of Mt. Bandai""). Urabandai is famous for the Goshikinuma lakes and ponds; there are many lakes and ponds, with water that takes a wide range of different colors, including emerald green and cobalt blue. Urabandai is a great place to visit in spring (for the new greenery) and autumn (for the autumn foliage), but it is also well worth seeing in winter, when visitors can enjoy snowshoe-trekking. Special guided tours, available only in winter, take visitors to see Goshikinuma ponds when they are at their most magical and mysterious."
  • Muso Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Higashishirakawagunyamatsurimachi Yamashita Taikodo 4-6
    This 10-meter-tall waterfall is located in Uchikawa, Yamatsuri Town, Higashishirakawa County. It can be accessed by crossing the 62 meter-long Ayu-no-Tsuribashi suspension bridge that spans the Kuji River from the Yamatsuriyama Station side. The name of the waterfall originates from a local folklore about the Buddhist monk Kukai's visit to the area. The falls have also been selected as one of the best 30 waters of Fukushima Prefecture. There are two notable Jizo statues near the falls.
  • Natsuigawa Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Iwaki-shi
    This gorge is located about a 35-minute drive from Iwaki Station. It runs about 16 kilometers from Kawamae Station to Ogawago Station on the Ban'etsu East Line. It is most notable for its unusual rock formations and cliffs, which were formed by the erosion of granite as the Natsui River carved through the Abukuma Mountains. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery created by the clear streams and unusual rock formations all year long. However, one of its biggest attractions is the fall foliage that comes in from late October to mid- November. The area was also designated as Natsuigawa Gorge Prefectural Nature Park in 1953. We recommend viewing the sights by car as the area does not have a promenade for pedestrians.
  • Otsujiga Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Ishikawa-gun Tamakawamura Tatsuzaki Takiyama Chinai
    A waterfall along Abukuma River in Takishita, Maedagawa, Sukagawa City. The name comes from the falls drawing the shape of the Otsu kanji character. As the water level increases the width of the falls increase to around 100 meters, leading to its nickname of Little Niagara. When the poet Matsuo Basho visited, he wrote a verse, 'Oh what a sight! With the early summer rains the falls overflow.' On the banks is the Otsujigataki Archaeological Site, the oldest such in the city.
  • Lake Numazawa
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    Fukushima Onuma-gun Kaneyamamachi
    A lake in Kaneyama Town, Onuma County. It is a double caldera lake formed nearly 5600 years ago and its circumference is nearly 7 kilometers. It's surrounded by natural forests filled with wild birds and the lake shore has campsites, parks, and hiking trails. The lake is also home to kokanee salmon and you can enjoy fishing during fishing season. The Lake Numazawa Water Festival is held every August.
  • Oguninuma Marshland
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Yama-gun Kitashiobaramura
    A lake in Kitashiobara Village, Yama County. It's a caldera like that was formed by volcanic activity nearly 500,000 years ago. The lake sits at an altitude of 1000 meters and the Oguninuma marshland that surrounds the lake has been designated the Oguninuma Marshland Botanical Area, a Japanese Natural Monument. The area is filled with an abundance of nature and in late June a large number of Nikko day lilies come into bloom.
  • Hiraname Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Minamiaizu-gun Hinoematamura Hiuchigatake
    This falls is along the Tadamigawa River where it flows from the east edge of Osegahara northward. As its name (“smooth slide”) implies, it flows down 400 meters from a massive rock as if sliding down a hill. This shows that the river, which seems to at first glance to flow through a flat landscape, so that one cannot tell where it comes from, is actually flowing down a gentle slope. About a kilometer farther down the river is Sanjo Falls, chosen as one of the Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls. It appears to be more powerful than Hiraname Falls. Certain sections of the riverbank can be extremely muddy, so walkers need to be fully prepared.
  • Mt. Azuma-kofuji
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Fukushimashi Tsuchiyuonsenmachi Washokurayama Pure Land Inland
    The 1,707 meter tall Mt. Azuma-kofuji is part of the Azuma Mountain Range. When you look west from the Fukushima city area, it looks like nothing so much as a small version of Mt. Fuji, thus the name of Kofuji. You can take the Bandai Azuma Skyline Drive to the Jododaira parking area, and from there climb the stairs for a clear view of the mortar-shaped crater. If the weather is right, you can see all the way to the Fukushima Basin, and the ease of climb makes it a draw for those wanting an easy hike.
  • Mt. Adatara
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima-ken Nihonmatsu-shi Okudake Onsen
    At 1,728 meters high this beautiful mountain was selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 mountains and appears in Kotaro Takamura’s poem Portrait of Chieko. It is only 10-minutes to the summit via the Mt. Adatara ropeway. There you can gaze over the Adatara and Zao Mountain Ranges.
  • Irimizu Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukushima Pref. Tamurashi Takinemachisugaya Dairoku 89-3
    Go to Irimizu Cave to try authentic spelunking. At a total of 900 meters this cave offers three spelunking courses, including a simple one with your casual clothes as well as an orthodox one requiring full lighting equipment. The long tunnels that stretch for tens of meters and large caves are must see sights. This cave has also been designated as an Important Natural Monument of Japan.

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Fukushima is a blend of fantastic scenery, delectable sake, and kaleidoscopic colors. This nature-rich prefecture displays its splendor from the hidden Abukuma Cave underground right to the top of its sky-high mountain road, known as the Bandai-Azuma Skyline.

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