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[H-JNB] 5D4N mountaineering tour of Mt Issaikyo,
Mt Nishiazuma and Mt Bandai

草紅葉のころ

■Concept

Trekking Mt Azumakofuji, hiking Mt Nishiazuma (100 peaks of Japan), hiking Mt Bandai (100 peaks of Japan), trekking through Goshikinuma (5day 4night mountaineering tour), with the first night at a mountain lodge, the second night at Nature Cottage Akabeko and the third and fourth nights at a hotel of choice.

Mt Issaikyo: A mountain on the border between Fukushima City and Inawashiro Town, Fukushima Prefecture. It is one of the mountains that make up the Azuma Mountain range. It is an active volcano that is still volcanically active, and its summit is covered with rock rubble. The elevation is 1,948 metres.

Mt Azumakofuji: An active volcanic mountain with an elevation of 1,707 metres in Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture. It is one of the Azuma Mountain range. It has a large mortar-shaped crater and is so named because it looks like a small Mt Fuji when seen from the Fukushima City side.

Mt Nishiazuma: One of the peaks of the Azuma Mountain range, with its main axis running east-west, and the highest peak in the mountain range at 2,035 m. It is the second highest peak in the Ou Mountains after Mt Iwate. The summit is surrounded by trees and does not offer a view, but there are many places with good views on the way up the mountain

 

■Date and time

Mid-July - late October 2024

Only during the operating periods of the ropeways and lifts of each ski resorts.

This tour has exclusion dates.

■Tour type [H] Hiking

Hiking tours (beginner level climbing, but only experienced climbers are allowed to participate. Please wear suitable mountaineering clothing, shoes and bags).

■Itinerary

Day 1

14:35 Arrive at Sendai Airport, EVA AIR BR118 (meet Bandai Tours staff)

15:30 Departure from Sendai Airport (by tour bus)

16:30 Stopover at a supermarket in Fukushima City.

17:45 Check in at Azumagoya Lodge (90-year-old mountain lodge at 1576 m altitude).

18:00 Dinner (set menu).

21:00 Lights out time (for energy conservation, the lodge has a set lights out time).

 

Day 2

7:30 Breakfast (set menu)

8:40 Departure from Azumagoya Lodge(1576m) (on foot).

9:00 Arrive at Jododaira Visitor Centre and start climbing. (1600m) (No guide will accompany you).

10:30 Arrive at the summit of Mt Issaikyo(1948m). View Goshikinuma from the summit (There are two Goshikinuma in Fukushima).

11:00 Departure from the summit.

12:00 Arrival at Kamanuma Pond, lunch (packed lunch).

12:40 Departure from Kamanuma Pond.

14:00 Arrive at Jododaira Visitor Centre(1600m), climb Mt Azumakofuji(1707m).

15:30 Arrival at Azumagoya Lodge(1576m), coffee break.

16:00 Departure from Azumagoya Lodge (tour bus).

17:20 Arrive at Nature Cottage Akabeko and check in.

18:30 Dinner (time may vary).

 

Day 3

6:30 Breakfast

7:00 Depart Nature Cottage Akabeko (tour bus).

8:00 Arrive at Tengendai ski resort ropeway boarding area.

8:25 Board ropeway, then lifts.

9:10 Start climbing (1820m) (accompanied by a local mountain guide).

11:30 Arrive at the summit of Mt Nishiazuma(2035m).

12:00 Lunch (packed lunch).

14:00 Arrive at Mt Nishidaiten summit(1981m), descent start.

16:00 Arrive at Grandeco ropeway summit station(1390m). Take ropeway.

16:30 Descend to Grandeco ski area(1040m), and the tour bus picks you up.

17:00 Arrival at the hotel.

 

Day 4

7:30 Breakfast (time may vary)

8:30 Departure from hotel (tour bus).

9:00 Arrive at Urabandai ski resort trailhead and start climbing(904m). (No guide will accompany you).

9:50 Akanuma Pond (copper colour pond) (1116m)

12:20 Arrive at the summit of Mt Bandai(1816m), lunch (packed lunch).

12:50 Start descent.

16:00 Arrive at Happodai parking lot(1194m), tour bus picks you up.

16:40 Arrive at hotel.

18:00 Dinner (time may vary).

 

Day 5

7:30 Breakfast (times may vary).

8:30 Check out.

9:00 Goshikinuma Pond trekking (no guide).

10:30 Finish Goshikinuma Pond trekking and take tour bus to Sendai.

12:00 Arrive at AEON MALL Natori, lunch and shopping.

13:00 Depart AEON MALL Natori.

13:30 Arrive at Sendai Airport (place of disbandment).

16:05 EVA AIR BR117 Departure from Sendai Airport.

*Occupation on day 1 is in a mountain lodge, in the same area as the dining hall, in a shared room for men and women (10 people) and one private room (maximum 3 people) and an attendant's room (1 person). Toilet and shower facilities are shared. Travel agents should inform their guests that they will be staying in such a lodge (not a typical hotel) and obtain their approval.

The second beat is in a rented cottage, with 2-3 persons staying in one cottage.

*Times in the itinerary are approximate and schedules are subject to change due to weather and disasters.

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■Package tour prices (wholesale prices for travel agents, tax included)

The price differs depending on the hotel where you stay on the 3rd and 4th night. You can choose from the following two facilities.

Urabandai Lake Resort Hotel

From 108,850 yen/person, 2-4 people in 1 room (varies according to date).

Please enquire for single use rates, room upgrades and meal upgrades.

Tour conductor fee: from JPY 76,290, room for tour conductor.

Meals served in buffet restaurants. Maximum of one attendant per tour.

EN RESORT Grandeco Hotel

From JPY 105,650/person, 2 people in 1 room (depending on dates).

Please enquire for single use rates, room upgrades and meal upgrades.

Tour conductor fee: JPY 88,390, room for tour conductor.  Meals are on a separate menu. Additional fee will charge if meals are on the same menu as the guest. Maximum of one attendant per tour.

This tour price includes:

>Accommodation (4 nights).

>Dinner and breakfast during the tour, packed lunches on days 2, 3 and 4.

>A cup of coffee during coffee time at Azumagoya Lodge.

>A local guide fee for climbing Mt Issaikyo, Mt Nishiazuma and Mt Bandai.

>Tengendai Ski Resort ropeway and lifts fee (uphill ride).

>Grandeco ropeway fee (downhill ride).

>Transport during the tour (to the meeting point and after disbandment is not included).

>Spa tax and consumption tax.

*Lunch at AEON MALL Natori on the last day is not included.

 

■Customisation

Please contact us to customise your stay by increasing or decreasing the number of nights, deleting an existing stopover, or adding another stopover.

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■Transportation

The itinerary shows the tour departing and disbanding at Sendai Airport, but please contact us if you would like to be picked up at Inawashiro Staion, Fukushima Station, Koriyama Station, Aizu Wakamatsu Station or Fukushima Airport.

 

■Excluded dates

Please enquire about exclusion dates during summer holidays, peak season during the foliage season and consecutive holidays, including Japanese holidays, as these dates may be excluded from the tour set up.

 

■Policy
Minimum number of participants: 8

Maximum number of participants: 13 + 1 tour conductor

(maximum number of people staying at Azumagoya Lodge).

Last reservation: 14 days before arrival.

Last reservation: 14 days before arrival. Please contact us if you need more people after that date.

■Payment method

a)PayPal

A PayPal invoice with a 3% payment fee will be sent by email. Please pay by credit card via the link on the invoice.

b) Bank transfer.
We will inform you of the bank account to which you should transfer the funds. Please note that bank transfer charges are to be borne by your company.

■Payment deadline

10 days before arrival. If payment cannot be confirmed, the booking will be cancelled and the full amount of the booking will be charged.

■Cancellation fees
All cancellations: 30% 31 days, 50% 14 days, 70% 7 days, 80% the day before, 100% on the day/no overnight stay
Reduction: 20% 7 days before, 50% the day before, 100% on the day/non-accommodation.

Mt-Issaikyo-hiking-trail-map

Jododaira area hking map

Bandai Azuma Skyline

Bandai Azuma Skyline scenic driveway

Jododaira Visitor Center

Jododaira Visitor Centre area

Mt Issaikyo

Mt Issaikyo

Mt Issaikyo trail

Start climbing

Mt Issaikyo

Fumaroles. Constantly rising fumaroles.

Mt Issaikyo trail

Hiking trail to Mt Issaikyo. Slippery in this area.

Goshikinuma Pond

Goshikinuma Pond seen from the summit of Mt ssaikyo (there are two Goshikinuma ponds in Fukushima Prefecture).

Kamanuma Pond

Kamanuma Pond

Kamanuma Pond

Kamanuma Pond. Lunch time.

Mt Azumakofuji

Mt Azumakofuji

Okenuma Pond

Okenuma Pond. 10mins walk from the mountain lodge.

西吾妻山登山道案内

Mt Nishiazuma hiking map

天元台ロープウエイ

Tengendai Ski Resort ropeway

天元台リフト

Tengendai Ski Resort lift

草紅葉のころ

Trail wooden section. Grass foliage in autumn.

お昼休憩

Lunch break scene.

西吾妻山山頂

Summit of Mt Nishiazuma. No view.

道中磐梯山が見える

Mt Bandai can be seen on the way.

西大巓山頂

The summit of Mt Nishidaiten. The view is very good.

Mt-Bandai-hiking-trail-map

Mt Bandai hiking map

Urabandai Ski Ground entrance

Urabandai Ski Resort. Start climbing.

Akanuma Pond

Akanuma Pond

Mt Bandai trail

It is easy to get lost in this area.

Mt Bandai trail

Trail marker.

Mt Bandai trail

Trail (ridge walk).

Mt Bandai peak

The summit of Mt Bandai.

Mt Bandai peak

The summit of Mt Bandai.

Mt Bandai peak

The summit of Mt Bandai.

Mt Bandai hiking

Views from Mt Bandai.

Nakanoyu Spring

Nakanoyu hot spring (abandoned).

Mt Bandai Happoudai parking

Happodai parking lot. End of hiking.

Goshikinuma Ponds (Rurinuma Pond)

Goshkinuma Ponds. Trek on the last day.

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