Yellow Falls

Yellow Falls

This shining golden waterfall appears in the midst of Urabandai's harsh winter.

The water, containing sulfur and iron, freezes one layer after another, creating a frozen fall which shines a unique golden colour - giving it the name 'Yellow Falls'.

Urabandai Tourist Association recommends that those wishing to trek to the falls should do so only as part of a guided tour, as the trail is not clear in winter.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.urabandai-inf.com/en/?page_id=24946
Contact

Urabandai Tourist Association

(+81) 241-32-2349

staff1@urabandai-inf.com

Best Season
  • Winter
ParkingParking available at Urabandai Ski Resort
Related infoBest season: From the end of January to the beginning of March
See here for information on recommended snow shoe trekking guides.
Access Details
Access1170-5 Obudairayama, Hibara, Kitashiobara Village, Yama District, Fukushima Pref. 969-2701
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Getting there

The instructions are below are to Urabandai Ski Resort (the closest facility to Yellow Falls)

By Car: 30 min from the Inawashiro-Bandaikogen I.C. exit off the Ban-etsu Expressway

By Train: 15 min bus ride from Inawashiro Station (JR Ban-etsu West Line). Get off at Kyuka-mura Urabandai (休暇村裏磐梯) bus stop. Alternatively, take a taxi from Inawashiro Station (will take 30 min).

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