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Mt. Azuma-yama/Fruit Line

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Mt. Azuma-yama covered with virgin forests. A "Fruit Line" with peaches, pears, grapes and apples that will tantalize your eyes and tongue.

Mt. Azuma-yama is the collective term for a number of volcanoes located near the border between Fukushima and Yamagata prefectures, and is a part of Bandai-Asahi National Park. The volcanoes are concentrated to the east and west of Mt. Azuma-yama. To the east stands Mt. Higashi-Azuma-yama the highest of the peaks, surrounded by Mt. Issaikyo-zan and Mt. Azuma-Kofuji that occasionally spew out volcanic smoke, and to the west, the principal Mt. Nishi-Azuma-yama stretches out into gentle rises and falls. Both volcanic ranges are covered with virgin forests and dotted with marshes.

Mt. Azuma-Kofuji is the best scenic attraction along the Bandai-Azuma Skyline road that skirts around the foot of Mt. Azuma-yama from north to south. As you walk around the crater, which has a 500-meter diameter, you can enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view. Jodo-daira Plateau is blessed with clean air, and with very little disturbing light at night, it is thus known as the ideal spot to gaze at the stars. Jodo-daira Astronomical Observatory is also found there.

At the foot of Mt. Azuma-yama is a line of fruit farms for tourists, commonly known as the "Fruit Line," where you can pick and eat fresh, juicy seasonal fruits, such as cherries, peaches, grapes, pears and apples.

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From Tokyo:[Rail]90 min to Fukushima Station by JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line, and 1h 10 min from Fukushima Station to Jodo-daira-chushajo-mae by bus.

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