‘Dragon Eye’ lake

  • ‘Dragon Eye’ lake

    Posted by gbgb on August 9, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Can anyone comment on the accessibility of Dragon Eye Lake on Mount Hachimantai?

    As the optimal viewing time is in winter I don’t hold much hope but you never know!

    Accessible Japan replied 3 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Josh Grisdale

    August 9, 2020 at 11:57 am

    From the looks of this drone video, even if the bus is accessible getting to the pond requires hiking on the snow…


  • Accessible Japan

    August 10, 2020 at 4:38 pm


    We just contacted the bus company servicing the line from Morioka to Hachimantai Peak. The buses are normal buses (not highway buses with steps), but not all of the buses on the route are accessible to wheelchair users. However, the the staff said that if you know your departure time in advance, they can arrange for an accessible bus at that time.

    Unfortunately, once you arrive at the peak it is 20 minute hike in the snow to get to the pond.

    The Iwate tourist website (https://iwatetabi.jp/barrierfree/) has a little bit on accessible travel (in Japanese only) but nothing on Hachimantai Kagami-numa.

    The local branch of the Japanese National Organization likely can put you in touch with an accessible tour provider (if they exist) – https://visitiwate.com/travel-tips

    Sorry for the bad news. But definitely reach out to the tourist organizations, the more requests they get the more they will realize accessibility is important!

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