ukushima used to be a place with so much stunning scenery. This autumn, I came to Urabandai Highland to visit Goshikinuma Lake, which literally means five color lake.
Date of the trip: 28/10/2017(Sat) Cloudy day
The time I stayed: 2hrs
Access: takes 30mins by bus from Inawashirotrain station猪苗代駅, bus to Goshikinuma Lake(Click here)
Route of Goshikinuma Lake五色沼
You can get off when the bus arrives 五色沼入口(entrance of Goshikinuma Lake), follow the directions and you will get to the starting point of Goshikinuma Lake walking trail.
No hesitating, you can start taking nice pictures as hard as you can. According to my own experience, the view autumn leaves of the area near the starting point is the most beautiful among the whole trail.
There might be more people on weekends. But please be patient to grab the chance to take more photos here. And do not worry about spending too much time here. Because the scenery of autumn leaves afterward really can not compare to that at the starting point.
On the walking trail, you will go through a few lakes with the unique color of their own. It is because different kind of metal ions are present in the lakes so each of them comes up with a special color. The following are the lakes I like.
The official site says it takes 1 hr 10 mins to walk through the whole trail, but it turns out to be 2 hrs for me to take pictures and walk in a slower pace.
For your reference:
16:30, it is the time I reach the end of the trail and it is about sunset time.
16:51, I took the bus from the finishing point to the staring point first. (There is no bus directly takes you from that to train station)
After that, I transfer for the bus, which departed at 17:00 and then I got back to the train station at 17:35.
Conclusion for Goshikinuma Lake五色沼
Goshikinuma Lake is just one of the many in Urabandai Highland. There are much more lake, trail and mountain other than that. There are hotels so you can plan to stay for longer if you have plenty of time. The beautiful scenery worth it.
Sightseeing information of Urabandai Highland: http://www.urabandai-inf.com/panflet/
They are leaflets with both pictures and words so no worry about not understanding Japanese.
Inawashirotrain station猪苗代駅→bus for 30mins→entrance of Goshikinuma Lake五色沼入口
Followed by my trip to Nikko日光, I took the train from Nikko Staion日光駅 at 11:00. It stopped at Utsunomiya Station宇都宮駅 at 11:45. I could have time to buy a lunchbox one the way of transfering~
After that, the train arrived at 13:29. I put my baggage in the coin locker in the train station first and I took the bus at 13:58. I arrived the entrance of Goshikinuma Lake五色沼入口 at 14:29.
(in Japanese, no worry, just look for the word 猪苗代駅 and五色沼入口)http://www.totobus.co.jp/bandai/images/NHD2_InawashiroUrabandai.pdf