Nature and Adventure in Urabandai Nature and Adventure in Urabandai

Nature and Adventure in Urabandai


2018.03.08

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Nature and Adventure in Urabandai

Urabandai, the area behind Fukushima’s iconic Mt. Bandai is the prefecture’s getaway for those looking to take part in a variety of outdoor activities while taking in the beautify of the natural surroundings. Back in 1888, Mt. Bandai erupted, and its lava flows formed the ponds that now attract the crowds all year round, of which the Goshikinuma are the most alluring. Here is a brief rundown of the adventure possibilities while visiting this side of the Bandai-Asahi National Park during the winter.

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    Snowshoeing and Snowmobiling with BACCS (Bandai Adventure Challenge Support Specialists)

    Snowshoeing and Snowmobiling with BACCS

    Snowshoeing and Snowmobiling with BACCS

    Several outfits are set up around Urabandai offering a variety of winter activities that are sure to add a thrill to your winter vacation. If you like the one-stop shop kind of place, then BACCS is the one you should call. With the specialists at BACCS, you’ll have your hands full all day long; snowshoeing along the endless trails, snowmobiling around Lake Hibara, and trying the traditional wakasagi ice fishing experience. While snowshoeing you can either be guided around the backcountry or enjoy the groomed trails at your own pace. The snowmobile tour will have you touring around the frozen lake and its surrounding area while being pulled on a sled. If you want to take matters into your own hands, a option to do the driving yourself is also available, although always accompanied by a skilled guide.

    Mt. Bandai
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamaguninawashiromachi
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    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    To get the best out of Urabandai, you should set aside at least three days to have enough time to enjoy all of the main activities on offer. With the first day of you trip dedicated to BACCS, the second day is a perfect opportunity to head into the snowy trails connecting the Goshikinuma ponds, and stop by each one to take in the splendour of their colours and surroundings.

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    There are eight main ponds each with different hues and features that change with the seasons. The biggest pond along the trail is Bishamon-numa where higher ground will give you the view of the emerald green water surrounded by the forest, with Fukushima’s impressive mountains in the backdrop. From here, the trail will lead you to the rest of the ponds, including Akanuma Pond which takes on a green and reddish tone during the winter, and to the remaining ponds beyond that.

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    To explore Goshikinuma during the winter and do so without getting stuck in waist-deep snow, you must gear up with a pair of snowshoes. If you’ve come unprepared, then make your way to the Urabandai Visitor Center; the starting point of your hike. Here you can rent the necessary gear, and be off in no time with the certainty you’ll stay atop the piles of powdery snow covering the ground. Aside from the rental service, the visitor centre offers an exhibition area where everything you need to know about the ecology of the area is presented, and where expert guides can set you in the right direction to have a safe and enjoyable adventure.

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Exploring the Goshikinuma Ponds

    Goshikinuma Lakes
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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara
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    Skiing at Grand Deco Ski Resort

    Skiing at Grand Deco Ski Resort

    Skiing at Grand Deco Ski Resort

    To round out your adventure packed stay in Urabandai, you should include a day on the slopes. Located right in the heart of Urabandai, the Grand Deco Ski Resort is a great fit for beginner to intermediate skiers, or those traveling with kids. Although the runs are on the short side when compared to other major ski resorts, the resort and the region it is in are famous for having the highest average snowfall in the region. With the constant snowfall the skiing lasts all the way to the beginning of May and the kid-friendly infrastructure make this a well-rounded resort for the whole family.

    GRANDECO SNOW RESORT
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    4.0

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    Fukushima Pref. Yamagunkitashiobaramura Hibara Wild sand lot
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    0241322530
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    [Weekday] 8:30-16:00[Saturda…
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