Among a cluster of lakes and ponds created by the eruption of Mount Bandai, Lake Hibara, the largest lake in Urabandai, is dotted with beautiful islands of various sizes. From spring cherry blossoms to verdant summer greens, autumnal leaves and snowy winter scenes, the lake attracts visitors with magnificent views throughout the year.
Pleasure boat rides are available from late April to early November. Enjoy the views of the beautiful islands of the lake and Mount Bandai’s crater from the water and admire Mother Nature’s creation!
Besides breath-taking views, a variety of activities are on offer around the lake from summer camping and bass fishing to ice fishing for smelt in winter. There are many B&Bs around the lake where you can enjoy an overnight stay.
The Lake Hibara Trail is a pleasant 60-minute walk providing glimpses of Lake Hibara among the trees and magnificent views of Mount Bandai. There is also a suspension bridge along the way.
The roads around the lake are a wonderful scenic drive. The roadside station “Michi-no-Eki Urabandai” offers a varied selection of local products and a great view of Lake Hibara. You can also take the retro-style sightseeing bus “Mori no Kuma-san” (taking its name from the nursery rhyme “The Other Day, I Met a Bear”) around the lake.