Jodo-daira

 

Overview

Jododaira is a sub-alpine plateau with an elevation of 1600m. 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.
Bandai-Azuma Skyline Winter Closure: 5:00 pm, November 10, 2019 ~ Early April 2020.

Access from Fukushima Station

The most convenient way to enjoy Jododaira is by car. There are many car rental agencies around Fukushima Station. The tour bus from Fukushima Station to Jododaira is currently unavailable.
Car: 60 mins
  See Parking Fees below.
Seasonal Tour Bus: Currently Unavailable
Route: Azuma Skyline Tour Bus
From: East Exit Bus Stop No. 11
West Exit Bus Stop No. 3
To: Jododaira (浄土平)
via Tsuchiyu Onsen (土湯温泉)
Return: Fukushima Station
via Takayu Onsen (高湯温泉)
Timetable:  –

 

Parking Fees

Motorbike: 200 yen
Car: 500 yen
Micro Bus: 1,000 yen
Large 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.

Day Times
(April ~ November)
Open: 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Closed: Mondays (or the day following Monday public holidays)
Night Observation Times
(Wednesdays and Saturdays)
Late May:  –
June, July, August: 8:00 pm ~ 10:00 pm
September, October: 7:00 pm ~ 9:00 pm
Closed: November ~ May
Note(s):  –

 

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 Tourist Spots

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

 

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