Mt.Azuma 〜The mountain blessed with rich nature〜
■ Bandai Azuma Skyline

■ Mt.Azuma first-timers half day course
Issai kyouzan
The altitude is 1949m. Covered with debris and dry soil, it leaves a rough atmosphere of the volcano. White smoke rises and volcanic gas blows out, and the surroundings are off limits. For that reason, the Issaikyozan direct route is closed. To climb Issaikyozan (Mt.Issaikyo) one needs to climb through the Sugadaira shelter. The rough mountain road with volcanic galley travels and there are many accidents such as fractures and sprains. From the summit you can see the Fukushima city as well as the Yonezawa. You can see the Zao Renpo(Zao Mountain Range) to the north and the Asahi Renpo(Asahi Moutain Range) to the northwest, you will realize that you are standing on the backbone of mountains across Tohoku. Goshikinuma (Five Colors Swamp) can be seen right under your feet, take the swamp route via Mt.Iegata to reach the turning point of the Fukushima and Yonezawa climbing routes..
Azuma Kofuji
A beautiful mountain with a crater similar to Mt. Fuji. Covered with dry soil and low plants, you can easily climb it in about 15 minutes from the Jyododaira parking lot. Be careful if you are wearing leather shoes or sandals. It takes about 40 minutes to walk around the crater (around the tub). It is also the place where the mountain wind of Azuma comes out, so the wind is strong enough to push people around at the summit. There used to be people who fly paragliders.
Goshikinuma(Five Colors Swamp)
Also called the witch's eyes - a recent name created to link it to the Ubagami Legend of Ubagahara. The light blue color of the swamp changes from moment to moment depending on the weather and changes between cobalt blue and ink blue. The water contains minerals that fish cannot live in and it cannot be used as a water source for climbers. Some call the Urabandai lake group collectively as Gokikinuma, but this swamp’s official name is "Goshikinuma" on the topographic map. As a crater lake located in the middle of Mt.Issaikyo and Mt.Iegata, it was once a place of faith where rituals to call rains were held. There was a serious water shortage in the Showa period and a record says that the rituals that took place involved throwing rocks and making noises. It is said that black clouds appeared in the middle of the ceremony and it rained for three days.
A swamp spreading in a sickle shape located on the south side of Mt.Hourai. The southern side of the swamp is Ubagahara, on the northern side the Sugadaira marshland spreads, and from June to September, the region is covered with beautiful alpine flowers. Although, the locals brought char experimentally, the water was shallow and it could not survive the winter and thus it couldn’t live in the water. The climbing road around the swamp is adjusted with tree roads to make it easy to walk. The road goes from Yubagahara through Yubagamibara and reach Yajidaira, the turning point of the mountain road. From here, if you advance a little to the Karayama Inari, you will reach an open space which is the front door of Mt.Azuma across the Okura River, where Azuma Daikengen was worshipped. Though it was an important sacred mountain, the faith was abandoned after the [One Thousand Year’s Wooden Door Closure] policy came out. If only the faith had continued, from the scale of the temple, it would have been a big sanctuary lined with Tsukiyama and Mt.Haguro. When you turn and proceed Mt.Hourai, there is an entrance to the Mt. Higashiazuma. Without going to Jyododaira, you can choose a course called Mt.Higashiazuma ~ Keibadaira ~ Torikodaira ~ Jyododaira. The climbing path is in a forest zone and the view isn’t good, but from the top of Mt.Higashiazuma you can see the Lake Inawashiro. In actuality, there is no mountain named Azuma, There are "Nishiazuma", "Nakaazuma " or "Higashiazuma". It is argued that one can say that he climbed Mt.Azuma only after climbing all three of them. But from another viewpoint, Mt.Higashiazuma can represent the name of Mt.Azuma. One shall not think that he has conquered Mt.Azuma after only climbed Azumakofuji.
A crater lake on the southern tip of Jyododaira. The diameter is about 150m, the depth is 13m and on the lakeside, there is a monument of Tohoku poet Saito Mokichi. Since the contrast between the sky in autumn leaves and the water surface is beautiful, it is a famous spot for photography. To read more about the monument of Mokichi, please go to the page " Takayu literature walk".Takayu literature walk ".
The climbing road of Okenuma leads to Azuma hut, which leads to the memories of Mr. Morio Endo, the hut's master. When people open their lunch boxes, he often served them with hot miso soup.