Goshiki Lake 五色沼
Fall at Goshiki Lake
The largest lake at Goshiki
Credit: Jordy Meow
One of Goshiki's lakes
Credit: Brian Adler
Goshiki-numa: a hike around multicolored lakes
Just a stone's throw from Mount Bandai you'll find a natural hiking trail around the five Goshiki lakes. About 3.6 km long, it winds through several colorful marshes. A true feast for the eyes.
For lovers of hiking or nature walks, Lake Goshiki is a gem not to be missed, an area with several lakes the name of which can literally be translated as "five colored marshes".
This natural hiking trail is located near Mount Bandai in Fukushima Prefecture. It's approximately 3.6 km long and can be used by everyone, as it's not particularly challenging. No steep hills or complicated terrain, the trail just meanders through nature.
Goshiki-numa winds through various marshes called Bishamon, Aka, Midoro, Benten and Ao. But it's not just a marsh where you can see fish and wild birds. These five marshes are particularly famous because they each have a different color, such as cobalt blue, emerald green and sometimes even red.
But don't assume that you're going to see these colors for sure. It depends on the weather, the viewing angle, and the season. What doesn't change is the composition of the lime, which was a result of the eruption of nearby Mount Bandai, in 1888. During the eruption, part of the volcano sank, destroying villages and creating lakes all around its crater.
The good thing is that by visiting it at different times of the year, you will always feel like you're discovering a new place. Lake Bishamon begins the journey, the best known and most visited of the lakes, and the route finishes at Lake Ao.
A PROTECTED AREA
Take a few precautions, however, before embarking on this hike. The area is particularly wet, so there are often many mosquitoes, especially in the summer. Don't forget to protect yourself from those itchy insect bites! Finally, the hiking area is subject to special protection. It's forbidden to stray from the hiking path, ride a bicycle, pick any plants or touch animals. Campfires are also not permitted. This allows the area to be preserved and limits potential damage from tourists visiting the area.