Inawashiro is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Bandai in Inawashiro town, Fukushima Prefecture. There are two main areas of the resort, each with a base area - the Chuo 'Easy' Area and the Minero 'Crazy' Area. The two areas are connected by courses and a pair lift. A few areas are left ungroomed. Inawashiro has been operating since 1948, originally starting off with just the Chuo area.
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 free shuttle bus is available from Inawashiro Station to the resort numerous times each day. The journey takes about 20 minutes.
A free shuttle bus also operates between Koriyama Station to the resort.
6km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
35.4km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
48.9km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 115 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 324
Inwashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Bantetsu Expressway.
From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. There are a few ways to get to the two base areas of Inawashiro. The simplest choice is to turn left after a further 3.5km onto Prefecture Road 2, and then turn left after a further 1.2km (the road sign labels the turn off as 'Inawashiro Skiing Grand'). Follow that road through to the Minero base.
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