Bandai & Inawashiro Travel Guide - By public transport

Fukushima regions by public transport

There are over 20 ski and snowboard resorts throughout Fukushima Prefecture.

Most of them found in two regions of the Prefecture - around Mt Bandai to the north of Lake Inawashiro and near Lake Hibara and Lake Akimoto; and across the Aizu region further to the south west.

The word 'Fukushima' of course is now well known due to the events of March 2011. Our coverage from that time can be found here.

Most of snow resorts of Fukushima Prefecture are closer to Niigata Prefecture than the east coast, which is well over 100km away.

Fukushima resorts by public transport
Getting to resorts from the station
Additional Fukushima resources on SnowJapan
Fukushima by car
Go to our guide for getting to Fukushima by public transport

Fukushima ski and snowboard resorts by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Tohoku Shinkansen 東北新幹線
  Koriyama Station 郡山駅
  Local trains:  
  Banetsu Saisen 磐越西線
  Inawashiro Station 猪苗代駅

The local Banetsu Saisen train line connects Koriyama Station in eastern Fukushima Prefecture with Niitsu Station in Niigata Prefecture to the west. This train stops at stations in the Inawashiro and Bandai region, fairly close to many of the ski and snowboard resorts in that region.

From Tokyo to the Bandai region

From Tokyo Station take the Tohoku Shinkansen to Koriyama Station and transfer to the local Banetsu Saisen train line. The station that is most convenient for most resorts is Inawashiro Station.

Resorts in the Aizu region

Resorts in the Aizu region - to the south west of Lake Inawashiro - are less accessible by train, but stations on the Aizu-sen such as Aizu Tajima Station and Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi Station are the nearest. This area can either by accessed from the north via the Banetsu Saisen or from the south via the Aizu Kinugawa-sen.

More detailed information on how to get to individual resorts is shown below.

Various bus trips from Tokyo are available for some of the ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima Prefecture.

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Koriyama Station Tohoku Shinkansen
Koriyama Station > Inawashiro Station Banetsu Saisen

The journey from Tokyo Station to Inawashiro Station is around 263km and usually takes just over two hours.

Tohoku Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Koriyama Station
>> Full Tohoku Shinkansen details
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Connections
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>>  
Koriyama 郡山駅 Fukushima 227.7km Banetsu Saisen
 
Banetsu Saisen
Banetsu Saisen from Koriyama Station to Niitsu Station
>> Full Banetsu Saisen line details
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Koriyama Station Distance from Niitsu Station Connections
Koriyama 郡山駅 Fukushima >>> 175.6km  
Inawashiro 猪苗代駅 Fukushima 36.7km 138.9km  
Bandai-machi 磐梯町駅 Fukushima 51.2km 124.4km  
Aizu Wakamatsu 会津若松駅 Fukushima 64.6km 111.0km Tadami-sen
Aizu-sen
Niitsu 新津駅 Niigata 175.6km >>> Shinetsu Honsen
Uetsu Honsen
 
Aizu-sen
Aizu-sen from Aizu Wakamatsu Station to Niitsu Station
>> Full Aizu-sen line details
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Nishi Wakamatsu Connections & notes
Aizu Wakamatsu 会津若松駅 Fukushima - Tadami-sen station
Nishi Wakamatsu 西若松駅 Fukushima >>> Tadami-sen
Aizu Tajima 会津田島駅 Fukushima 42.0km  
Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi 会津高原尾瀬口駅 Fukushima 57.4km Aizu Kinugawa-sen

 

Getting to ski and snowboard resorts from stations

Ski resort Nearest (*or most convenient) station Train line Notes
Adatara Kogen
あだたら高原
Nihonmatsu
Station
Tohoku line About 30 minutes drive from Nihonmatsu Station. About 16km.
Aizu Kogen Daikura
会津高原だいくら
Aizu Tajima
Station
Aizu-sen About 20-30 minutes from Aizu Tajima Station by bus or taxi. About 14km.
Aizu Kogen Nango
会津高原南郷
Aizu Tajima
Station
Aizu-sen About 40 mintues from Aizu Tajima Station. About 31km.
Aizu Kogen Takahata
会津高原高畑
Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi Station Aizu-sen
Aizu Kinugawa-sen
About 40 mintues from Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi. About 36km.
Aizu Kogen Takatsue
会津高原たかつえ
Aizu Kogen Ozeguchi Station Aizu-sen
Aizu Kinugawa-sen
Shuttle bus for resort hotel guests available from Aizu Kogen Ozehuchi Station. Reservations required. About 17km.
Family Snow Park Bandai X2
ファミリースノーパークばんだいX2
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen About 7km from Inawashiro Station.
Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort
グランドサンピア猪苗代リゾート
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen About 20 minutes from Inawashiro Station by shuttle. About 5km.
Grandeco Snow Resort
グランデコスノーリゾート
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen About 40 minutes from Inawashiro Station using local bus.  Reservations requited. About 21km.
Grandee Hatoriko Ski Resort
グランディ羽鳥湖スキーリゾート
Shirakawa
Station
Tohoku line About 70 minutes using Hatoriko Liner bus.
Shin Shirakawa
Station
Tohoku Shinkansen About 60 minutes using Hatoriko Liner bus. About 27km.
Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
アルツ磐梯
Koriyama
Station
Tohoku Shinkansen Free Shuttle Bus service available from Koriyama Station.
Bandai-machi
Station
Banetsu Saisen About 7km from Bandai-machi Station.
Inawashiro
猪苗代
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station. About 15 minutes.
Listel Ski Fantasia
リステル スキーファンタジア
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station. About 15 minutes.
Minowa
箕輪
Fukushima
Station
Tohoku lines A free shuttle bus is available from Fukushima Station. Reservations required. About 1 hour.
Numajiri
沼尻
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen About 25 minutes by taxi.
Ura Bandai
裏磐梯
Inawashiro
Station
Banetsu Saisen A free shuttle bus is available for staying hotel guests - reservations required. About 30 minutes from Inawashiro Station.
Urabandai Nekoyama
裏磐梯猫魔
Koriyama
Station
Banetsu Saisen A free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station. About 23km.

See also:

>> Map of Fukushima Prefecture showing locations of resorts

 

Additional Fukushima resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to the Fukushima regions by car, please go to this section.

Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Fukushima
Resort Spotlights Grandeco Snow Resort
Accommodation Online accommodation booking - Fukushima
Map

Map of Fukushima Prefecture showing locations of resorts

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