The five-colored volcanic ponds of Mt. Bandai

 By Brian Wood-Koiwa   Aug 27, 2012

Goshiki-numa, or Five-Colored Ponds, in Fukushima Prefectures were formed from a deadly volcanic eruption of nearby Mt. Bandai in July 1888. These volcanic lakes are vibrantly colored with yellows, greens, reds, and blues thanks to the minerals from the eruption. There is a 4-km nature trail that connects the lakes. It is not a difficult trail and you walk through nicely shaded areas full of wild flowers and mossy ancient trees. The lakes change colors depending on the season and weather. When I was there in September, the main colors were vibrant turquoise and potion-like yellow-greens.

Photography by Brian Wood-Koiwa
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Brian Wood-Koiwa Photographer 5 years ago
Thanks Simple Me Tyra! Much appreciated.
Tyra 'nell Pille-Lu 5 years ago
I just love everything your have posted here, man! They are all so cool and adventurous-looking. These are the types of places I would love to be in! I wish I could go there to take away all my stress and homesickness! Thanks for sharing this... and not to mention, the photos are great!