Goshiki-numa – 五色沼
In the western part of Fukushima prefecture there is a unique, literally blue lake. We are going to talk about Goshiki-numa, in the region of Aizu.
What’s special about Goshiki-numa?
Goshiki-numa is located in the Urabandai plateau. Officially called group of lakes of Goshiki-numa, it includes several lakes, Bishamon, Aka, Midoro, Benten, Ruri, Ao and Yanagi.
Also, as one can guess from the name, (“go shiki” means “five colors” and “numa” means “pond”, or “little lake”) each lake has a different color. If you are wondering why, this difference is the result of sediments of different colors and particles of different size floating in the water.
It is possible to see the lakes of Goshiki-numa while walking on the promenades near to them. It takes roughly one hour to see the lakes along the promenades but, since most of the road is flat, walking is easy.
In the biggest of the lakes, Bishamon, it is even possible to rent a small boat.
Moreover, Urabandai is an area with beautiful autumn colours.
Since depending on the elevation every tree shows different colours, it is without doubt a place worth seeing during the autumn.
How to get to Goshiki-numa
Click here to find how to get to Goshiki-numa.
My impression of Goshiki-numa
We went to Goshiki-numa in June.
Arrived in Inawashiro station we got on the bus after waiting for fifteen minutes, but we still remember the impression we got from the scenery outside the bus window. It was early summer, and the trees shined of a beautiful green.
From the station to Urabandai plateau there is a quite difference in elevation, and thus the bus follows a very curvy road.
After arriving at the Goshiki-numa entrance bus stop, we can find the Nature Visitor Center nearby.
Inside were collected documents related to the environment in Urabandai, and here we understood the secret behind Goshiki-numa’s colors.
And finally, the sightseeing of the lakes while walking on the promenades!
The characteristic color of each lake and the deadly silent surroundings of the lakes were really mysterious.
Goshiki-numa is a place where one can appreciate nature, hike, ride a boat, and that both children and old people can enjoy.
It greets us with lush vegetation in the summer and vibrant colors in the autumn, and I really recommend to visit it during one of these seasons.