A giant yellow waterfall in the explosion crater of Mount Bandai.
What is It?
It is a gigantic frozen yellow ice waterfall found in the explosion crater of Mount Bandai.
However, there is no waterfall here in summer.
Water leaking from the crater wall freezes little by little in winter, so a large ice “yellow waterfall” is formed. That is why it is called the icefall of illusion. You can see this huge monster only in winter and many tourists come to see it.
No matter where you stand, you can take postcard-perfect pictures.
In the vicinity of Akanuma Pond along of the hiking course, you can see volcanic smoke rising. Akanuma Pond became famous because of the Japanese TV program, “Buratamori”, causing an increase in the number of tourists during the green season. Akanuma Pond freezes in winter and it is possible to walk on the pond.
The contrast between blue skies and snow is beautiful on a sunny day. The scenery of the way back is also wonderful.
How do you get to Yellow Falls?
There is a guided tour which includes snowshoe rental.
Snow trekking tours to the Yellow Falls that bring you close to the fumaroles and explosion crater are recommended activities in Urabandai in winter.
*There are several tours. You can take tours which incorporate the ski lifts to go up and/or down (the hiking entrance is at the top of the ski run), or you can take tours where you walk up and down on the ski slopes rather than taking the ski lifts. Please tell the tour guide which tour you would prefer when you book.
*It is dangerous to go solo trekking so please apply for the guided tour. Even if there are trails on the snow they might not be the way to Yellow Falls.
Recommended Tour Guide Companies
They are a school with more than 15 guides who have extensive knowledge of Urabandai.
Free snowshoe rental! You only need to bring yourself as they provide new model snowshoes.
Please make a request for the “Goshikinuma tour” when you book.