“Lake Goshikinuma” at Bandai Plateau in Fukushima Prefecture is a scenic spot where there are about 30 large and small lakes. The water surface of the lake group changes into various colors depending on the season and weather, and it is a mysterious beauty.
It is approximately 30 minutes by car from “Inawashiro Bandai Kogen” IC Banetsu Road. There is Lake Goshikinuma on the north side of Bandai Mountain in Fukushima Prefecture.
It is said that 300 large and small lakes were created by the eruption of Bandai volcano that occurred in 1888, and Lake Goshikinuma is one of them. The official name of Lake Goshikinuma is “Goshikinuma lake group”, which is composed of about 30 lakes, including Lake Bishamon and Lake Akanuma.
The area around Lake Goshikinuma is designated as a special protected area of Bandai Asahi National Park, where unspoiled nature remains. “Lake Goshikinuma Nature Traffic Route”, which is a hiking course, is about 3.6 kilometers in length and takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes for a beginner course. The starting point of the hiking is “Goshikinuma entrance” by the Urabandai visitor center.
“Goshikinuma entrance” is about 790 meters in height, and the exit is about 830 meters in height. Because there are few ups and downs and a smooth road continues, even people who do not usually hiking or trekking can feel free to enjoy.
About 5 minutes on foot from the entrance, the biggest lake of Goshikinuma “Lake Bishamon” appears immediately. The surface of the emerald green will spread out in front of you and you will be enchanted.
Although there are two observation platforms, the first observation platform which can see the Lake Bishamon with Bandai mountain back is popular as a shooting point.
You can enjoy a varied scenery around Lake Goshikinuma. It’s fun to visit fresh green, dark green, autumn leaves and every season.
“Goshikinuma lake group” in Urabandai in Fukushima prefecture is a beautiful lake made by the eruption of Bandai volcano. The colorful swamps dotted in the forest has a mysterious charm that attracts everyone. The walking course “Goshikunuma Nature Sightseeing Road” includes Bishamon Swamp, Aka-numa Swamp, Midoro-numa Swamp, Benten-numa Swamp, Ruri-numa Swamp, Aonuma Swamp, Yanagi Swamp and so on. Within a short time, you can see the swamps with their respective characteristics.
Lake Goshikinuma is one of hundreds of lakes and ponds where Mt. Kobandai, which was on the northern side of Bandai Mountain, exploded in 1888 and the mountain that collapsed at that time dammed the river. Urabandai where leisure and marine sports are popular has various lake groups, and for large ones there are Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa, Hibara Lake. There are dozens of lakes in the southeast of the Hibara Lake, which is located between them, called Goshikinuma. The official name is “Goshikinuma lake group”.
As the name suggests, Goshikuma is about 30 large and small lake groups which color changes to five colors depending on the season, weather, and time. The boardwalk is being maintained over almost the whole area. It takes about an hour even if you take a walk slowly. After taking a walk, you can use the bus and return to the parking lot at the starting point.
You can enjoy the resort feeling with stylish scenery with lots of Hibara Lake and pension with boat hub.
If you want to enjoy the beauty of the lake group purely, it is recommended to visit early spring or the early winter without plants that block visibility.
You can enjoy boating at Bishamon Swamp, one of Goshikinuma. It is a popular spot for couples too. In this swamp, a carp with a pattern of hearts on the left belly was frequently witnessed, and when we found “Heart’s carp” it is said that love is fulfilled.
|Address:||Hibara Yamagun Kitashiobaramura, Fukushima 966-0400 Japan|
|Access:||JR Banetsusaisen Line “Inawashiro-eki Station” (25 minutes by bus)|