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Jododaira

Jododaira

Jododaira is a sub-alpine plateau with an elevation of 1600 m. It is located at the mid-point of the spectacular Bandai-Azuma Skyline in the Azuma Mountains. The area features rustic volcanic scenery, pine forests, marshlands, swamps, and wild flowers. The mountainous landscape changes with the seasons, and visitors can enjoy a variety of hiking and walking trails, or simply relax at the Jododaira Visitor Center. Nearby Mt. Azuma-Kofuji has spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area. Jododaira is also home to the Jododaira Astronomical Observatory which is the highest altitude public observatory in Japan. The area is accessible by car or the seasonal Azuma Skyline Tour Bus. Jododaira gives visitors of all ages a rich taste of Fukushima’s beautiful mountain scenery.

Check our Hiking at Jododaira guide or the Bandai-Asahi National Park homepage for more information about hiking in the area.

Opening Hours

Open Mid-April ~ Mid-November
Closed Mid-November ~ Mid-April
Note There may be additional closures or limited hours depending on weather conditions.

Access from Fukushima Station

Car 60 mins (see Parking Fees below)

Parking Fees

Motorbike 200 yen
Car 500 yen
Mini Bus 1,000 yen
Tour Bus 2,000 yen

Mt. Azuma-Kofuji

Mt. Azuma-Kofuji (1705m) is part of the Azuma Mountains and is one of the most recognizable symbols of Fukushima City. Its symmetrical shape and resemblance to Mt. Fuji is the source of the ‘Kofuji (Little Fuji)’ name. The eastern slope is home to the Snow Rabbit (viewable around March ~ May). It takes about 15 minutes to climb up to the crater from Jododaira, or 1 hour to hike around the crater (with spectacular views of the city below).

Jododaira Astronomical Observatory

Jododaira Astronomical Observatory is the highest altitude public observatory in Japan. The high altitude and surrounding Azuma Mountains make the area an amazing spot to view the night sky. The observatory is only accessible while the Bandai-Azuma Skyline is open from April to November, and opens to the public several nights a week (see schedule below). Entry is free.

Opening Hours (April ~ November)

Open 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays (or Tuesdays following a Monday public holiday)

Night Observations (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

June, July, August 8:00 pm ~ 10:00 pm
September, October 7:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm
Closed November ~ May

Jododaira Visitor Center

The Jododaira Visitor Center provides educational resources about the sub-alpine environment, and hiking information around Jododaira.

・Jododaira Visitor Center Homepage (Japanese)

Hiking Courses from Jododaira

Update: Due to the Level 1 Volcanic Warning for the Azuma Mountains, all hiking routes near Mt. Issaikyo (north of Jododaira) are currently inaccessible.

There are several hiking courses of various difficulty that start from Jododaira.

Hiking Course 1 – Jododaira Marshlands (20 min)

Difficultly Easy
Course Information Japanese

Hiking Course 2 – Mt. Azuma-Kofuji (1 hr)

Difficulty Easy/Intermediate
Course Information Japanese

Hiking Course 3 – Okenuma Pond (40 min)

Difficulty Easy
Course Information Japanese

Hiking Course 4 – Kamanuma Pond (2 hr)

Level Easy/Intermediate (Southern Route Only)
Course Information Japanese

Hiking Course 5 – Mt. Issaikyo (3 hr)

Level Intermediate (Currently Unavailable)
Course Information Japanese

Nearby Attractions

Bandai-Azuma Skyline (0.0 km)
Takayu Onsen (15.0 km)
Tsuchiyu Onsen (32.6 km)

Links

Bandai-Asahi National Park (English)
Fukushima Travel (English)
Jododaira Visitor Center (Japanese)
Jododaira Astronomical Observatory (Japanese)
Fukushima City Tourism and Convention Association (Japanese)

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