Mount Bandai

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Mount Bandai
Mt. Bandaisan 0811.JPG
Mount Bandai rises above rice fields.
Elevation 1,819 m (5,968 ft)[1]
Listing 100 famous mountains in Japan
Mount Bandai is located in Japan
Mount Bandai
Mount Bandai
Fukushima Prefecture, Tōhoku region, Honshū, Japan
Coordinates 37°35′53″N 140°04′32″E / 37.59806°N 140.07556°E / 37.59806; 140.07556Coordinates: 37°35′53″N 140°04′32″E / 37.59806°N 140.07556°E / 37.59806; 140.07556[1]
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption July 1888
Easiest route Hiking

Mount Bandai (磐梯山 Bandai-san?), also known as Aizu-Bandai-san (会津磐梯山?), Aizu-Fuji (会津富士?), and Aizu-ne (会津嶺?), is a stratovolcano in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

In a major eruption on July 15, 1888[2] the north and east parts of the caldera collapsed in a massive landslide, forming two lakes, Hibara-ko and Onogawa-ko, as well as several minor lakes called Goshiki-numa, or the 'Five Coloured Lakes'.

The lake district formed by this cataclysm became known variously as Urabandai or Bandai-kōgen, and has become a tourist destination.

This last eruption was particularly tremendous and completely reshaped its vicinity. All the surrounding villages were destroyed, killing 461 people and burning another 70.[3] Volcanic debris blocking nearby rivers created lakes and ponds.

Climbing Mount Bandai[edit]

There are six major routes up Mount Bandai.

  • Inawashiro Tozankō (猪苗代登山口)
  • Okinajima Tozankō (翁島登山口)
  • Hapōdai Tozankō (八方台登山口)
  • Urabandai Tozankō (裏磐梯登山口)
  • Kawakami Tozankō (川上登山口)
  • Shibutani Tozankō (渋谷登山口)

See also[edit]

Media related to Mount Bandai at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ a b "Bandai". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
  2. ^ Rowthorn C., page 454
  3. ^ "Bandai". The Significant Volcanic Eruption Database. NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 


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