Snow Monsters at Mt. Nishi-Azuma

Snow Monsters at Mt. Nishi-Azuma

Mt. Nishi-Azuma is a 2035m tall mountain that can be accessed from Fukushima Prefecture’s Kitashiobara Village.

During the coldest points of winter, it is possible to find frozen “snow monsters” up on the mountain. Of course the snow monsters are not really monsters, these are trees that have endured blizzards and collected snow until they became covered with a thick frost!

From the Grandeco Snow Resort’s Gondola Station, you transfer to a ski lift, and from there it is 3 hours on foot to reach this viewpoint. Especially in the snow, the mountains can be difficult to navigate, so you must climb together with a guide in winter. If you are interested in visiting here, please contact us!

Venue Details

Venue Details
Best Season
  • Winter
Access Details
AccessArasunasawayama Hibara, Kitashiobara Village, Yama District, Fukushima Pref. 969-2701
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Getting there

By Car: 24 km from Inawashiro-Bandaikogen I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway via Route 115 and Route 459

By Train: 50 min via shuttle bus from Inawashiro Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line) Reservation necessary

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