Mt. Bandai, or sometimes called “Aizu Fiji” or “Aizu Bandai-san,” is an active volcano (composite volcano) stretching over Inawashiro-cho, Bandai-cho, and Kita-Shiobara-cho in Fukushima Pref. This mountain, which is 1819 m above sea level, rises up to the north of Lake Inawashiro. The mountain-foot in the south is called “Omote (front)-Bandai” and the northern foot is called “Ura (back)-Bandai.” Seen from Omote-Bandai, the mountain has an ordinary appearance, but it shows the rough vestige of a massive landslide on the backside. Inawashiro Basin was formed in the middle of the Pleistocene epoch about 200,000 years ago, and the massive landslide occurred about 1200 years ago, by which the Nippashi River at the foot was dammed by avalanche of rocks and earth and Lake Inawashiro was formed. Lake Inawashiro, or otherwise known as “Tenkyo-ko (literally meaning a lake like a mirror of the heaven),” covers a part of Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Koriyama City, Inawashiro-cho, and Bandai-cho. The area covering Ura-Bandai and Inawashiro / Bandai Highland with Mt. Bandai in as center is a place where you can enjoy bountiful nature.