Touch the Horizon at the Bandai-Azuma Skyline in Fukushima

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  • Fukushima is a beautiful prefecture in Japan famed for its natural beauty and friendly people. Although many tourists may not think to visit Fukushima or have concerns about radiation in the region, I would highly recommend taking a chance and exploring this gorgeous place. One spot in particular which draws many nature lovers is the Bandai-Azuma Skyline. Read on to find out about this spectacular place!

    Mount Azuma

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    Mount Azuma is an active volcano situated near Fukushima and situated next to Mount Adatara. For adventure lovers, the road to Mt. Azuma is itself a cherishable experience as it was selected as one of the top 100 roads by the Japanese Ministry of construction. Japan has a few active volcanoes and this is one of the must-see ones in the Fukushima region!

    It is highly advisable to arrange your own transportation, or even better to hire a car to go to the Bandai-Azuma Skyline. To the best of our knowledge, there are no public transportation services. For people who love long drives, this is perfect as the road to the Bandai-Azuma Skyline is steep, winding, covered with mist, and offers spectacular views of the Fukushima region.

    There are numerous viewpoints along the way where one just cannot get enough of the mountains and valleys around. In winter, some of the roads may be closed due to heavy snowfall. All around the year, the place is so magnificent and rejuvenating, but Autumn is the best time to visit as the mountains change their color to various shades of red.

    The Journey

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    As one proceeds along the mountain roads, they can feel the sudden drop in temperature with a cool breeze. The Bandai-Azuma Skyline is aptly named, for it is almost always covered with clouds and it feels as though you are traveling up into the sky and leaving the world behind.

    It is advisable to hire a four-wheel drive or an SUV for the drive. You will start to smell the volcanic gases about 2 km before you reach the destination. The volcano is active and you can see smoke oozing out from the mountaintop. Once you reach Mount Azuma, there is a spacious parking lot with a cafe in the corner. Relax, take a few pictures, and grab something to eat before you head on.

    Get ready with your trekking shoes, sticks, and a bag with all the essentials (water, snacks, and extra clothes to cover you up in case the temperature goes down swiftly). A short walk uphill towards Mount Azuma leads you to the crater at the top. On the way uphill, one can enjoy a few more picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. One can take a walk around the crater to have a 360-degree view of the place. The place has a lot of small mountains and valleys and you can choose to go to the ones you like.

    This trip is strictly for the adventure seekers and we are sure that you won’t regret it at all. Make sure to get to this place as early as possible and finish your trip by late afternoon. It gets dark soon and since the way down gets more dangerous as it gets darker, it is advisable to leave the area relatively early. This trip is especially unique as you get to see an active volcano, and how many of those do you get to see if your lifetime?

    Bandai Azuma Skyline Website

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