Near my home, there are many nice sightseeing spots for tourists. Today, I try to pick up Inawashiro Lake and Urabandai area.
Inawashiro Lake is the 3rd largest lake in Japan, so it's easy to find in a little big map of Japan. Just behind the lake, there is a beautiful mountain called Bandai as you see above photo. This area is a very popular tour spot in Japan and also we can adventure more in the back side of the mountain, where is called Ura-Bandai area. Ura means rear in Japanese, so Ura-Bandai means the place of rear mount. Bandai area.
In Urabandai area, we can enjoy more in the green woods. Now it's getting closer to Winter time, but just a few weeks ago, this area was covered by amazingly colorful trees and leaves. Hotels and small Inns are a lot here, but there not many modern convenience stores or supermarkets, which reserves this place as nature lover's destination.
Not only Inawashiro lake, but there are several really beautiful lakes in Urabandai. Unfortunately, the most popular place called Goshikinuma ( Five color lake ) photos were not taken in good picturesque timing. That place is a must tour spot but words can't describe how it's nice. So next time I will try to take them and upload here.
Driving around Inawashiro lake and Urabandai is probably one day tour for standard sightseeing. But if you explore the nature by walking, it will be more fun and a few days trip will be required. After Urabandai, it's worth going to Aizu Wakamatsu City for taking a look at old Japanese Samurai time castle and their remained heritage in the city. Especially for local food, Wappameshi is a very unique and popular food in Aizu Wakamatsu city, I will try to introduce again about it later.
If I expand on the trip around this area, one article is not enough at all. This should be continured more.