KORIYAMA / INAWASHIRO / URABANDAI
Lake Inawashiro is the fourth largest lake in Japan. It is the fifth most transparent lake in the world and it beautifully reflects Mount Bandai. Facilities for marine sports, bathing spots and camp sites are all located on the lakeshore. Ski resorts, golf courses and facilities for sky sports are all located at the foot of Mount Bandai. Swans come to the lake between late October and early April every year.
Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Hall
Hideyo Noguchi, world-famous doctor, was born in Inawashiro in 1876. His birthplace is preserved as well as relics and materials related to him.
Bandai Kogen Highlands
A large eruption of Mount Bandai in 1888 created Bandai Kogen Highlands. Breathtaking landscapes like Lake Hibara, Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa, Nakatsugawa Valley and Oguninuma-shitsugen Moor attract large numbers of visitors every year.
There is a 3.7 km hiking course around Goshiki-numa, connecting Yanagi-numa Swamp, Ao-numa Swamp, Ruri-numa Swamp, Benten-numa Swamp, Midoro-numa Swamp and Bishamon-numa Swamp. Some swamps look blue, some look indigo and some look green. Ruri-numa Swamp is emerald green. Wild birds can often be seen here.
Lake Oguninuma is a caldera lake with a circumference of 4 km, located atop Mount Oguni. Approximately 280 varieties of plant life, such as skunk cabbages and cotton grasses grow wild here.
This lake is the largest lake in Urabandai. There are promenades and cycling roads around the lake which is 35 km in circumference.
Autumn leaves are outstanding in Nakatsugawa Valley and hiking is fun.
Taki-zakura (Waterfall cherry blossom)
“Taki-zakura” is one of the three most famous cherry blossom trees in Japan and is located in the town of Miharu, northeast of Koriyama. It is more than 1000 years old, 12 m high and 10 m around. It is a great weeping cherry tree.
Abukuma-do is one of the largest limestone caves in Japan. Rain water and groundwater containing calcium carbonate has been creating a fantastic underground landscape over a time span of 80 million years.