Mt.Azuma Kofuji & Jododaira Visitor Center吾妻小富士＆浄土平レストハウス
Mt.Azuma Kofuji is located along the Bandai-Azuma Skyline road, reminiscent of a small Mt. Fuji, and is a famous mountain that has been familiar to the locals for a long time. Jododaira is a flat land between Mt.Issaikyozan and Mt.Azuma Kofuji, where alpine plants grow in clusters. It is situated at an elevation of 1600m, Joudodaira presents an array of landscapes – from desolate mountainsides covered in volcanic gravel, to wetlands dotted with marshes and ponds, to fields of alpine flowers. At night, the star-filled sky makes Joudodaira one of the prime locations in Japan for night-sky observations. It is said to have been named because it looked like a paradise in the eyes of people who climbed steep mountains. Jododaira Rest House is a good base and rest stop for treks to the active 1,705-meter Mt. Azuma-Kofuji, Mt. Issaikyou (1,949 m), and Goshikinuma Crater Lake. The rest house includes a restaurant, which serves light meals such as local soba and udon noodle dishes, ramen, and snacks. The Jododaira Visitor Center is just a short walk away, displaying materials such as models, photographs, and videos related to the nature of Mt. Azuma, as well as a mountain climbing and hiking information center.
It takes about 15 minutes on foot from the parking lot to Mt.Azuma Kofuji.
We recommend that you arrive at this place at least an hour before sunset. Please check the sunset time at the following site.
Opening hours: 9: 00-16: 30
Closed: Open throughout the season (mid-November-closed in winter until mid-April)
About 1 hour and 15 minutes by car or 65km from Aizuwakamatsu City.
About 1 hour and 30 minutes by car or 85km from Yonezawa City.