Onsen, waterfalls, foot onsen
July 21, 2013
Foot onsen for free. Kostenloses Fuß Onsen.
Another waterfall further south just next to the bridge. There is a huge parking lot.
Driving towards Bandai National Park
On the way to it I have seen the following as well.
Rice Field / Reisfeld
Goshiki-numa Five Lakes
free of charge, about 4 km from Lake Bishamon, the largest of the five lakes, to Lake Hibara giving you a full view of all 5 lakes, at parking you find restrooms, shops and a restaurant
Goshiki-numa is a cluster of 5 volcanic lakes at the foot of Mount Bandai. It was formed when Mount Bandai erupted on July 15, 1888, destroying dozens of villages and killing ca. 500 people while
creating hundreds of lakes and tarns. The eruption completely rearranged the landscape, creating the Bandai-kōgen plateau. The eruption imparted mineral deposits to the Five Colored Lakes giving
each of them their own delicate color, ranging from reddish green to cobalt blue. The colors of each lake mysteriously fluctuate throughout the year with the weather.
Maboroshi no taki - the waterfall is only there after strong rains
it rests on top of a slanting slope of accumulated volcanic deposits resulting from eruptions which occured 200 000-300 000 years ago. This is the shrine where Masayuki Hoshina (first generation member of the Aizu
Fief ruling Matsudaira Family who was the younger brother by a different mother of 3rd generation Tkugawa Shogun Iemitsu and who also provided aid to 4th generation Tokugawa Shogun Ietsuna) is enshrined. Lord Hoshina’s final wish was to establish Hanitsu Shrine as a subordinate shrine to Iwahashi Shrine (the much older shrine which is dedicated to the god of Mt. Bandai - Iwahashy Myojin) and so it was built in 1675 after his death. It is said that the shrine established was comparable to Nikko Tosho gu in its beautiful extravagance. The original building was burnt down during the Boshin Civil War. Presently both the shrine and memorial site further up the mountain in the back of the shrine (Masayuki Hoshina’s grave) serve as the gravesite of the Matsudaira family (the last ruling family of the Aizu Fief and clan) and have been designated as National Historical Remains.
Up the hill
Bandai Azuma Skyline a pretty winding road leading up to Azuma Crater
Found this nice bridge of like 1201 meter altitude
Along Bonari Green Line
There is also parking at the Bonari Green Line. You just have to walk up 300 meters to get to the start of the hiking trail which is then 2 km long.When I was there, the street from Bonari Green Line to
the hiking trail was closed so that I drove the few km back south to the farm and took the street from there up to the hiking trail. Parking there is limited - only like 5 parking spaces, but I believe, you
can park all around as long as you dont block the street.
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