Urabandai is located on the northern slopes of Mt Bandai mountain in the southern region of Kita Shiobara village in Fukushima Prefecture. There is an official snowshoe trekking area further up than the top of the lifts.
Fukushima Prefecture is composed of three main regions - the Hamadori region to the east (including the Pacific Ocean coastline), the Nakadori region (the central area) and the Aizu region (the Western mountainous region). Many of the ski and snowboard resorts in the prefecture are found on or near Mt Bandai and Mt Adatara to the north of Lake Inawashiro. Most of the others can be found scattered across the western region of the Aizu region or to the south-west of Lake Inawashiro.
A local bus operates between Inawashiro Station and Urabandai Kogen Hotel which is located just off Route 459. That bus takes around 30 minutes. A free shuttle bus operates from that hotel to the ski resort base and takes about 5 minutes.
21km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
50.3km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
55.1km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 459 (1.9km away)
Ura Bandai is located on the northern slopes of Mt Bandai. The resort is about 2km just off Route 459 at the south end of Lake Hibara. In winter the closest Bandai-san Gold Line road connecting this area with Bandai town is closed and so the roads to the east of Mt Bandai need to be used.
Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Banetsu Expressway.
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Prefecture Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 11km until reaching a road sign for Ura Bandai. Turn left to head to the resort base.
Hibara Kita Shiobara-shi Yama-gun Fukushima-ken 969-2701
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