View of Lake Inawashiro from Inawashiro Ski Resort

Multiple ski resorts can be found on the slopes of Mount Bandai in Fukushima Prefecture and the surrounding mountains. The resorts offer courses for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels, high quality powder snow and an attractive natural surrounding that includes Lake Inawashiro.

There are over a dozen resorts in the area, some on the southern front side of the mountain (Omotebandai) and some on its backside (Urabandai), varying in size and the number of lifts and runs available. The resorts typically open from mid December to early May. Some offer shuttle bus services to Koriyama Station (the nearest shinkansen station) or Inawashiro Station.

The three leading resorts on the front side of Mount Bandai

Alts Bandai
One of the largest resorts in Fukushima Prefecture.
Season*
Late December to late March
(First snow to March 29, 2020)
Lifts
8 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4900 yen
Half day 4400 yen
Nighter 1600 yen
Access
Bus/Train 100 minutes by free shuttle service from Koriyama Station.
Car 5 kilometers from Bandai Kawahigashi Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Inawashiro
Another relatively large resort with nice views over Lake Inawashiro. The resort also has a kid's park where children can play in snow.
Season*
Late December to late March
(First snow to March 22, 2020)
Lifts
9 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4800 yen
Half day 4300 yen
Nighter 3200 yen
Access
Bus/Train 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from Inawashiro Station.
Car 5 kilometers from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Inawashiro Resort
Not to be mistaken with Inawashiro ski resort (see above), the smaller Inawashiro Resort ski resort also offers nice views over Lake Inawashiro.
Season*
Late December to late March
Lifts
4 lifts
Tickets
Full day 3100-4100 yen
Half day 2100-2600 yen
Nighter N/A
Access
Bus/Train 15 minutes by taxi from Inawashiro Station.
Car 8 kilometers from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Two leading resorts on the backside of Mount Bandai (Urabandai)

Grandeco Snow Resort
Located in the back of the Urabandai region, this resort is known to have particularly good snow.
Season*
Early December to mid April
(First snow to April 19, 2020)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4800 yen
Half day 4300 yen
Nighter N/A
Access
Bus/Train 45 minutes by free shuttle service from Inawashiro Station.
Car 24 kilometers from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.
Urabandai Nekoma
A mid-sized resort offering some nice runs.
Season*
Early December to early May
(First snow to May 6, 2020)
Lifts
5 lifts
Tickets
Full day 4200 yen
Half day 3700 yen
Nighter N/A
Access
Bus/Train 2 hours 15 minutes by free shuttle bus from Koriyama Station.
Car 18 kilometers from Bandai Kawahigashi Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

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