How to travel between Bandai and Tokyo

Mount Bandai and Urabandai are best accessed from Inawashiro Station, while the area around Mount Azuma is better accessed from Fukushima Station.

By train via Inawashiro Station

Take the JR Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo to Koriyama (80 minutes) and transfer to the JR Banetsu-sai Line to Inawashiro Station (40 minutes). The entire trip costs about 9000 yen one way and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass. From Inawashiro Station, there are buses into the Urabandai region.

By train via Fukushima Station

Tokyo and Fukushima Stations are connected directly by the JR Tohoku Shinkansen (95 minutes, around 9000 yen one way). The trip is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass, JR East Tohoku Area Pass and JR East South Hokkaido Pass. Public transportation from Fukushima Station is very infrequent to nonexistent, and it is recommended to proceed by rental car instead.

By highway bus

Tokyo and Fukushima City are connected by multiple daytime and overnight highway buses. The one way trip takes about 5-6 hours and cost around 5000 yen. Some buses stop in Koriyama along the way (4-5 hours, around 4000 yen from Tokyo), where a transfer can be made to a local train to Inawashiro (40 minutes, 670 yen). Fares by discount bus operators, such as Willer Express start around 3000 yen.

By car

From Tokyo, take the Tohoku and Banetsu Expressways via Koriyama Junction and exit at the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange or the following Bandai Kawahigashi Interchange. The ride takes about three hours and costs around 7000 yen one way in expressway tolls.

To get to Mount Azuma directly, take the Tohoku Expressway from Tokyo all the way to Fukushima Nishi Interchange which is close to the Bandai-Azuma Skyline. The ride takes about three hours and costs around 7000 yen one way in expressway tolls.

How to travel between Bandai and Aizu-Wakamatsu

Take a train from Aizu-Wakamatsu Station to either Inawashiro Station (30 minutes, 500 yen) or Kitakata Station (20 minutes, 320 yen) from where there are buses into the Urabandai region.

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Orientation

While the Urabandai region is relatively well served by buses, public transportation is almost inexistent around Mount Azuma and between Urabandai and Mount Azuma. Rental cars are thus recommended as they provide more flexibility and convenience. Car rental outlets are found in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Kitakata, Koriyama and Fukushima City.

The Urabandai area is served by a relatively frequent bus line that connects Inawashiro Station with the resort town and the various hiking trailheads in the Urabandai area. Likewise, there are buses from Kitakata Station in the west. Buses from Inawashiro Station operate roughly once per hour, while buses from Kitakata Station run roughly once every two hours.

Mount Azuma enjoys virtually no public transportation, except for two buses per day that run from Fukushima Station along the Bandai Azuma Skyline and back to Fukushima. However, they run only on weekends and national holidays from May through September, and everyday from October to early November. The Bandai Azuma Skyline is closed from mid November to mid April.

Page last updated: February 14, 2018