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Natural Sparkling Water in Kaneyama Town

Kaneyama Town is a scenic, rural town surrounded by woods.

One of the most famous things about Kaneyama Town is its well of naturally carbonated water.

Such water is rarely found in Japan. Small bubbles are infused into the water, giving it a gentle and smooth taste. Locals and visitors take empty plastic bottles to the well in order to fill them and take the water back home. There is a pot at the well that can be used to collect water from the base of the well. Pulling up water from the bottom with a rope definitely makes for a fun and unique experience!

Why don’t you try this natural sparkling water while enjoying the beautiful scenery in Kaneyama?

Abukuma Cave

A world of illusory beauty created over millions of years, Abukuma Cave is said to have the greatest variety and the largest number of stalactites in the whole of Asia.

Visitors are always impressed by the beauty of natural creations formed over the course of 80 million years that are on display here. The largest hall in the cave, called "Takine Goten (Takine Hall)," and "Tsuki no Sekai (The Moon World)," where a stage lighting system has been installed, are particularly impressive.

The additional adventure course is also a thrilling one; you will experience crawling through a narrow passage and climbing a ladder!

Lake Inawashiro

Japan's third largest fresh-water lake, Lake Inawashiro is situated in Bandai Asahi National Park. The combination of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai form one of Aizu's representative landscapes.

The lake offers all-year-round enjoyment, including boat tours, camping by the lakeshore, and a wide variety of marine sports. There are also a wide range of scenic spots from where visitors can take photographs and soak in the view.

Lake Inawashiro's size means that it is accessible from tourist areas such as Tenkyokaku stately house and Hideyo Noguchi Memorial Museum.

Bandai-Azuma Skyline

This is a sightseeing toll road that runs from Fukushima City's Takayu Hot Springs to the Tsuchiyu Pass, commanding panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

The spectacular views that stretch out at an average altitude of 1,350 meters attract visitors time and time again, and Bandai-Azuma Skyline has been selected as one of the 100 Best Roads in Japan.

Along the road, there are eight scenic spots that were named by the famous Japanese writer Yasushi Inoue. These include the Jodo Daira Plateau and Mt. Azuma Kofuji.

In spring, tourists can enjoy flower viewing while at the same time taking in the otherworldly winter scenery of the "Snow Corridor".
In summer, the Nemoto Shakunage (Rhododendron brachycarpum), a species of alpine rose, and other alpine plants display their colorful flowers and fresh, brilliant green leaves.
In autumn, beautifully tinted red and yellow foliage presents a feast for the eyes.

Along this road, where every season offers its own special delights, visitors experience first hand the cool, refreshing air and breathtakingly blue sky of the highlands, scenery that can be encountered only at a particular time of year, and Olympian views of the lowlands from above the clouds.

Bandai Azuma Lake Line

Bandai-Azuma Lake Line is a scenic 13.1km road, connecting Inawashiro Town and Kitashiobara Village.

Outstanding backdrops of hundreds of lakes, including Lake Akimoto, Lake Onogawa, and Lake Hibara can be seen from along the road.

The Nakatsugawa Valley, which lies half-way along the road, offers a wonderful view of a combination of rock surfaces polished by strong water currents and woodland greenery. A rest-house area with washrooms stands near the valley and visitors can enjoy trekking along the walking trails from the season of fresh green leaves through to the end of the season of red and yellow foliage. The valley is particularly famous as one of the most scenic foliage-viewing spots in Japan with many photographers visiting from both inside and outside of the prefecture.

Enjoy a beautiful drive through this landscape when the new leaves of spring are fresh and green or when the autumn beauty of the valley glistens with red and yellow foliage of beeches, buckeyes, and maples.

Mt. Bandai (Bandaisan) Gold Line

Mt. Bandai Gold Line connects Bandai Kogen, a highland rich with lakes diverse in shapes and size, and various alpine plants, and the Aizu area, which has an immensely rich and fascinating history.

This submontane sightseeing road offers diverse views of Mt. Bandai and can lead visitors to either the mountain's rugged caldera or to the picturesque Lake Inawashiro.

Visitors can discover new hidden gems every time they explore the Gold Line by car, making it a very popular spot to return to among tourists and locals.

The area surrounding the road is known as a foliage-viewing spot with hairpin curves that carve through the woodlands.

On the walking trail that leads to Baya-ike, a "phantom" waterfall, visitors can take in the beauty of the landscape as they hike. The most highly recommended walking course extends from Happodai to Oguni swamp, where in late June, visitors are greeted by ban array of beautiful, broad dwarf day-lilies.

Shibuki-gori (Naturally forming ice sculptures)

If you head to Tenjinhama beach on Lake Inawashiro in the depths of winter, through the trees at its south towards the mouth of the Nagase river, you will see the "shibuki-gori" natural ice sculptures.

Lake water is picked up by strong winds from the west, and meets the trees on the coastline. There it creates a very unusual phenomenon with a beauty that rivals the "juhyo" (ice-covered trees) seen at the tops of mountains.

Local peoples and visitors alike never tire of these sights.

You can also see other shapes formed by ice here, such as ice drifts and the prominent "Omiwatari" cracked, rising ice on the beach and lake surface.

Please note that Shibuki-gori are natural ice sculptures, and therefore their appearance and size change by the day. Please check before visiting.

Yellow Fall

This shining golden waterfall appears in the midst of Urabandai's harsh winter.

The water, containing sulfur and iron, freezes one layer after another, creating a frozen fall which shines a unique golden colour - giving it the name "Yellow Fall".

Guided tours are available to reach the waterfall in winter.

To-no-Hetsuri

A national natural monument, To-no-Hetsuri consists of tower-shaped cliffs overlooking a river.

Hetsuri is a word meaning "a cliff overlooking a river" or "a steep slope" in the local dialect. According to Genkai, the first modern Japanese dictionary, the verb "hetsuru", from which the noun "hetsuri" derives, means the same as "kezuru" (to sharpen) and there are examples in which "hetsuri" is interpreted as a steep road along a river.

These strange-shaped cliffs are thought to made of various types rocks formed around 28 million years ago and feature deep cracks along the vertical joints.

The alternating types of rocks that make up the cliffs also include relatively soft strata, which have been eroded by rain and wind, resulting in distinctive and eye-catching dips and curves in the rock face that resemble a forest of towers.

Each of these tower-like rocks has its own name: Eagle Tower, Hawk Tower, Lion Tower, House Tower, Turret Tower, Nine-Ring Tower, Elephant Tower, Goma (fire ritual) Tower, Eboshi (tall hat worn by male aristocrats in the Heian Period) Rock, Folding Screen Rock, Stage Rock, and Sumo Arena Rock.

Urabandai Highland

Urabandai Kogen is a highland in the northern part of Fukushima Prefecture in the Tohoku Region, situated at an altitude of 800 meters and surrounded by Mt. Bandai, Mt. Adatara, and Mt. Azuma. The highland was created by an eruption of Mt. Bandai in 1888. Urabandai is part of Bandai Asahi National Park and offers a variety of seasonal attractions. Cool weather in summer and deep snow in winter make Urabandai a perfect place for both indoor and outdoor enjoyment. About 300 lakes and ponds, including Lake Goshikinuma and Lake Hibara, are scattered across Urabandai and the harmonious beauty of nature created by the abundant woodlands and lakes will certainly touch the hearts of all visitors.

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