In the Bandai-Asahi National Park you can enjoy water sports, camping, fishing, and skiing. The National Park is blessed with numerous distinctive geographical features created when lava from the great eruption of Mt. Bandai-san in 1888, flowed into the Nagase River upstream and created many different sized ponds and lakes, such as Lake Hibara, Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa as well as Nakase Pond and Oguni Pond.

Mt Bandai, Lake Inawashiro

Among the over 100 ponds and lakes that exist in the Bandai-kogen Highlands area, perhaps the most fascinating is the group of Goshiki-numa (five-coloured ponds) and lakes, where you can see the wonder of volcanic material dissolving in the water, with time and sunlight changing the colour of the water from shades of green to whitish blue and then to reddish blue. A promenade allows visitors to tour this unique area with its 40 different lakes and ponds, including Bishamon, Aka, Benten, Ao, Ruri, and Yanagi, a walk that takes about an hour.

The area is especially beautiful during the seasons when the trees are covered with fresh green leaves, or in autumn when the leaves begin to change colour. You can see the greatest number of wild birds there in June. In winter, snowshoeing is also very popular way to enjoy the surrounding nature.

Next to the entrance of the Nakase Pond Promenade is the Ura-Bandai Site Station, a base for visitors that provides information about the Ura-Bandai area and its hiking routes, gives advice on related matters, and provides guides who can accompany visitors to enable them to experience the area's natural beauty to the fullest.

Access: The quickest way to get to Aizu- Wakamatsu from Tokyo is to take the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train) to Koriyama, and transfer there to the Ban-etsu Saisen Line, which will take you to Aizu- Wakamatsu. It will take about 2hrs 20 mins.

Another option is to take the Tobu Railway. Take the train from Tobu-Asakusa Station to Aizu Tajima Station, and then transfer to the Aizu Tetsudo Railway, which will take you to Aizu- Wakamatsu. It takes about 4 hrs and 20 mins.