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~ A 15-minute aerial walk on the ropeway ~ Urabandai Autumn Leaves Ropeway

2021.10.21

The autumn colors of the Grandeco Resort in Bandai Asahi National Park have begun in late September.
From the top of the ropeway to the middle, the red autumn leaves of poison ivy and the yellow autumn leaves of beech and larch contrast.
From the middle to the foot of the mountain, the autumn leaves of deciduous pine are the main, and you can also see the autumn leaves of Acer tschonoskii.

Acer tschonoskii

Two trekking courses to enjoy coloring

Around the marsh, the “Dekodaira Marsh Course” (20 minutes one way from the mountaintop station) has a wooden path that surrounds the marsh.
The best time to see lacquer tree, maple, and viburnum furcatum is at the end, and the autumn leaves are now in full bloom.

Deco flat marsh

At the “Hyakunuki Shimizu Course” (60 minutes one way from the mountaintop station) where you can enjoy the Onogawa spring water, which is one of the 100 famous waters, the autumn leaves of the beech virgin forest along the way are in full bloom.
The golden trees that surround 360 degrees are a masterpiece.

Beech alley

Mid-October is the peak season. Since there are many fallen leaves and it is slippery, please come with athletic shoes and mountain climbing shoes.

【Best time to see】

Foothills: Mid to late October
mountainside: Early to late October
Mountain peak: Early to mid October

* If it is as usual, you can see it within the period, but the best time to see it may shift depending on the weather conditions.

【Business content】

Service period: Until November 3, 2021
business hours: From 8:30 to 16:15 (last uphill 16:00)
Round-trip fare: Junior high school students and above 1,800 yen, 4 years old to elementary school students 1,400 yen, pets 800 yen

>Grandeco Resort Official Website

Lunch with a view of the magnificent Mt. Bandai

At the mountaintop station restaurant “Buna Buna” at an altitude of 1,390m, you can enjoy the view of Mt. Bandai and Urabandai.
As a “pizza in the sky” baked in a stone oven, “Mushroom and Teriyaki Chicken Truffle Sauce Pizza”, which is a combination of mushrooms and teriyaki chicken.
You can enjoy the appetizing ramen “Gran Chinese noodles” with a mixed soup of salt and soy sauce.
In addition, the water used for “ice temperature aged coffee” and cooking is the spring water of the Ono River, which has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 Famous Waters.

Truffle sauce pizza with mushrooms and teriyaki chicken
Gran Chinese noodles

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