Urabandai (Kita Shiobara Village, Fukushima)

(福島県 北塩原村)
Planned season: Saturday 26th December 2020 until Sunday 21st March 2021
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Urabandai is located on the northern slopes of Mt Bandai mountain in the southern region of Kita Shiobara village in Fukushima Prefecture. There is an official snowshoe trekking area further up than the top of the lifts. Number 1 and 2 lifts allow rides down and a ticket is return ticket to the top using those two lifts is available. Snowshoe trekking is popular, including views of the 'Yellow Wall - thawed water exudes sulfur and iron in the ground and freezes in layers'. It's about 10m high and 8m wide and best from early to mid February.

Urabandai is normally closed to the general public on weekdays from early January, though private reservations are possible on those days.

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.

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Urabandai Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Urabandai. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledding course by the Number 1 lift.

A free 'Kids Corner' indoor room is available at base. Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm. 
Park Information
Park information
There is a special snowshoeing trekking course area at Urabandai. 

Urabandai Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Urabandai is open from 8:30am until 4:00pm every day.

From 4th January 2021, on weekdays the ski area is only open for private group reservations. Otherwise, on those days it is closed to the public.

There is no night skiing at this area.

Urabandai Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
50 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
4 Hours 3,500 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 500 yen 500 yen
Top Return 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

The top return ticket is a return ticket for the top lift.

Getting to Urabandai

By public transport
57.5km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line
20.8km from Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Sai line
57.5km from Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Honsen Line
Transport Information
Inawashiro Station on the Banetsu Nishi line is about 21km from Urabandai.

Koriyama Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen line is about 57.5km from the resort.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by public transport
A local bus operates between Inawashiro Station and Urabandai Kogen Hotel which is located just off Route 459. That bus takes around 30 minutes.

A free shuttle bus operates around the Urabandai area - takes about 10 minutes from the above hotel to the resort. About 15 minutes from Urabandai Lake Resort hotel.
By Car
21km from the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC on the Banetsu Expressway
50.3km from the Koriyama IC on the Tohoku Expressway
55.1km from the Fukushima Nishi IC on the Tohoku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 459 (1.9km away)
Urabandai is located on the northern slopes of Mt Bandai. The resort is about 2km just off Route 459 at the south end of Lake Hibara. In winter the closest Bandai-san Gold Line road connecting this area with Bandai town is closed and so the roads to the east of Mt Bandai need to be used.

Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC is the closest exit on the Banetsu Expressway.

From the Inawashiro Bandai Kogen IC exit, turn right onto Route 115 heading north. After 3.5km branch off to the left onto Prefecture Road 2 (look for the sign on the left hand side) and continue on that road for about 4.5km until reaching Route 459. Turn left onto Route 459 and continue for about 11km until reaching a road sign for Ura Bandai. Turn left to head to the resort base.

>> More information on getting to the Bandai & Aizu regions by car
There are three car parks at the base of Urabandai. Parking is free every day of the season.

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