Mount Bandai rises above rice fields.
|Elevation||1,819 m (5,968 ft)|
|Listing||100 famous mountains in Japan|
|Fukushima Prefecture, Tōhoku region, Honshū, Japan|
|Last eruption||July 1888|
In a major eruption on July 15, 1888 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. Volcanic debris blocking nearby rivers created lakes and ponds.
Climbing Mount Bandai
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)
Media related to Mount Bandai at Wikimedia Commons
- "Bandai". Global Volcanism Program, Smithsonian Institution. http://www.volcano.si.edu/world/volcano.cfm?vnum=0803-16%3D. Retrieved 3 March 2010.
- Rowthorn C., page 454
- "Bandai". The Significant Volcanic Eruption Database. NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
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