Goshiki-numa – 五色沼
Emerald green, cobalt blue, …
In the western part of Fukushima prefecture there is a very beautiful blue lake.
Today I am 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, if you know some Japanese, (“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
If you are coming from Tokyo, first head to the Kōriyama station in Fukushima prefecture. It is possible to get there in about 80′ with the Tohoku Shinkansen.
※ There are also shinkansen that do not stop at Kōriyama, so please check when taking the train.
From Kōriyama it is necessary to proceed using the traditional railway line. With the Ban’etsu West Line headed to Aizu-Wakamatsu station you can arrive at Inawashiro station in about 40′. If you take the Aizu Liner rapid train (no overcharge needed), you save even more time. The one way cost from Tokyo is 8500 yen, including the Shinkansen fare, and totally covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
From the bus stop in front of Inawashiro station there in more or less one bus leaving every hour. From the station the Bandai Tōtō bus takes 35′ to the Goshiki-numa entrance.
(for more information follow this link http://tinyurl.com/lq62vux)
For those who want to travel cheaply or prefer travelling during the night, from Tokyo to Kōriyama there are also intercity buses. Depending on the period, there are also buses that go to Inawashiro station.
(for information about seat availability, fares, etc. please follow this link http://tinyurl.com/ms22lzn)
My impression of Goshiki-numa
I went to Goshiki-numa in June.
Arrived in Inawashiro station I got on the bus after waiting for fifteen minutes, but I still remember the impression I 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, there was the Nature Visitor Center nearby.
Inside were collected documents related to the environment in Urabandai, and here I was able to understand 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!