Six trails lead to Bandai-san summit and its panorama of mountain ranges and Inawashiro Lake; the summit is accessible from May to October. From JR Inawashiro Station, catch the bus to Bandai-kōgen to reach the Ura-Bandai Tozan-guchi (裏磐梯登山口) trail: this is the easiest to reach by public transport and the most challenging hike, at seven hours return.

After climbing through ski grounds, the path meets the Happō-dai (八方台) trail, the shortest, most popular route.