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  • Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tanabe, Wakayama Prefecture other
    This ancient pilgrimage route, also called the Kumano Sankeido, visits the Three Head Kumano Shrines—the Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine, and Kumano Nachi Taisha Shrine. Starting in ancient times, the Kumano faith grew strong throughout the centuries, and countless people of all classes, from emperors and nobles to samurai and commoners have traveled this pilgrimage route. Due to the heavy rains in the area, the route’s stone paving still remains exposed in some areas, such as Daimon-zaka. A nationally designated Historic Site, a portion is also registered a World Heritage Site as part of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range.
  • Hinomisaki Promenade
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachouhinomisaki
    "The area around the ""Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse"", certified as one of the ""100 World Historic Lighthouses"", is a recommended place for a walk overlooking the superb view of the Izumo Matsushima Islands and the beautiful sunset. It is also one of ""Japan's 100 natural locations"" where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery. "
  • Aputo-no-michi Walking Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gunma Pref. Annakashi Matsuidamachisakamoto
    This walkway starting near the Yokokawa Station in Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture, was once the track used by the Abt-type train as part of the former Shin-Etsu line. Visitors can enjoy hiking along the ruins of the railway that travelled along the Usui Pass, a difficult area for railroad transportation. The old brick construction en route is the Maruyama substation, registered as a National Important Cultural Asset. The path passes through five tunnels including Usui Toge no Mori Park Exchange Building, Toge no Yu, Usui First Tunnel, and then onto a grand bridge with four arches. While enjoying the view of Lake Usui seen from the Abt railroad, visitors can get a sense for the railway scene of the Meiji and Showa periods.
  • Ushiku Nature Observation Forest
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Ibaraki Pref. Ushikushi Kessokuchou 489-1
    This forest park in Ushiku City, Ibaraki Prefecture was created as part of a project to establish areas for making use of nature for local residents and was opened in 1990. Nature observers are permanently stationed in the park who provide the latest information on what's happening on its grounds. From plants to animals, visitors can come in contact with nature in the park in a variety of ways, including the park's centrally located Nature Center and its animal exhibits and activity corner, a beech (chinquapin) forest, owl forest, and Japanese hare hill. The Nature Center loans out binoculars and magnifying glasses and also holds events such as birdwatching and animal care classes for children.

    Ushiku Nature Park is north of Tokyo in Ibaraki Prefecture. A great place to bird watch, hike the nature trails, and just relax. A nature center there provides a place to see fish tanks and they...

  • Okukinu Shizen Kenkyuro (Okukinu Nature Exploration Path)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Kawamata
    This hiking course is located in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture. Hikers can see while alpine and marshland vegetation exploring Okukinu Onsen. During the blooming season, the area blooms with many flowers including Asian skunk cabbage and hare's-tail cottongrass. The trail also features an observation deck where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Many tourists stop by to walk the trail while on the way to visit the area's secluded hot springs.
  • Daimon-zaka
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunnachikatsurachou Nachisan
    A hill path and part of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage which extends to the sacred Mt. Nachi. Some 600 meters in length, the path, paved with moss-covered stones, passes through a thick forest of cedar trees. The path still strongly bears the marks of the time when it bustled with worshipers of the Kumano faith, who seek enlightenment through penance on the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. Daimon means “great gate”—a large gate once stood at the entrance to the path. Points of interest include the 800-year-old “Husband and Wife Cedars” standing across from each other along the path.
  • Shingen Bomichi Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Kobuchisawachou
    "This trail was a military roadway developed during the Warring States Period. It runs from south to west across the Yatsugatake Mountain foothills, connecting the borders between the former provinces of Kai and Shinano (modern Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures respectively). The trail was reportedly made to help Takeda Shingen capture Shinano. ""Bomichi"" means the ""staff road"" and was named for its straightness. Today it's a nature trail, and a walking map is available to help you take in the rich environment along the way. It also has 36 stone Buddhist statues marking various sacred spots from the Edo Period. "
  • Gotemba Trail New 5th Station
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shizuoka Pref. Gotembashi Nakabata 2110-10
    To reach the Gotemba Trail New 5th Station, visitors can either drive there by coming off the Tomei Expressway at the Gotemba Interchange and then taking the Fujisan Skyline highway to the Gotemba Trail New 5th Station Parking Area, or take the Tozan Bus from Gotemba Station on the JR Gotemba Line and get off at the Gotemba Trail New 5th Station bus stop. There are no restrictions on parking private cars at Gotemba Trail New 5th Station, so visitors can drive to Gotemba Trail New 5th Station at any time during the official climbing season to begin their climb of Mt. Fuji. Please note that the trail from Gotemba Trail New 5th Station to the summit of Mt. Fuji is a long one, with a significant elevation gain, so this route is recommended only for people who are physically fit. Near the trail entrance there are public toilets, which are open 24 hours a day, and also a tourist information center and shop. Gotemba Trail New 5th Station is open between early July and early September each year.
  • Prefectural Natural Park Nopporo Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Atsubetsu-ku Atsubetsuchou Konopporo
    Nopporo Shinrin Koen Prefectural Natural Park boasts about 2,000 hectares of land which extends across Sapporo City, Ebetsu City and Kitahiroshima City. It was designated as a Hokkaido Nature Park in 1968 to commemorate Hokkaido’s centenary. The park is 80% national forest and maintains 17 pathways. The park has about 110 trees, over 1300 insects, and over 140 species of wild birds, as well as the Hokkaido squirrel and mountain hare inhabiting the lowland forest, which is also a wildlife sanctuary, so you can observe rare plants and animals in close proximity. Check out the visitor’s center to get information about the nature in the park and Hokkaido. Nature observation sessions and guided tours are also available.
  • Tokachi Millennium Forest
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamikawagunshimizuchou Haobi South 10 Line
    This forest was made with the aim of preserving our precious nature for another thousand years. A variety of plants and animals live here and you can take a Segway to explore the fields and forest paths. On a clear day you can see everything from the Tokachi Plain to Mt. Meakandake. You can also try cheese making or horseback riding and experience all of Hokkaido’s nature.
  • Shiretoko Nature Office
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    4.5
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido Utoro Toho 365
    This is the world heritage site Shiretoko, where much nature remains untouched. A nature guide who is well-informed with Shiretoko will guide you around the Shiretoko Five Lakes and provide star watching tours. A variety of nature experience courses are provided for each season and visitors can feel the charm of Shiretoko.

    Joined the night tour. The tour guide tried her best to explain the wild like in Sheritoko in her limited English. Spotted owls, foxes and deers. At last, the guide led us to watch the Milky Way...

  • Konpira Crater-Remnants of the Disaster Walking Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Touyakonsen
    These trails meander around the remaining structures and remnants that were affected by the Mt. Usuzan's eruption in 2000. The trails, located in Toyako Town, start behind the Toyako Visitor's Center and Volcanic Science Hall. If visiting only the relics, the walk will only take about 30 minutes, but the full-trail course is two hours. Near the entryway is an observation tower, where one can view the Yasuragi no Ie, which used to be the municipal hot springs bath, prior to the eruption. Even with the passing of time since the eruption, one can sense the power and awfulness of nature in the sight inside the remaining sturdily structure that was swallowed with muddy waters. With just a little detour off the trails, one can come upon an exquisite emerald bright crater called the Yukun crater.
  • Green Stay Toyako
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Tsukiura 56
    A grass field campground found in Toyako, Abuta County, Hokkaido. Offers a variety of furnished accommodations including lodges, cabins, and bungalows. Along with the playfields and playground many people enjoy the lakeshore access to Lake Toya. With the gentle slope of the grounds the campsite is famous for its beautiful vistas.

    大きな芝生広場の周りをぐるっと囲むようにテントサイトがあります。広場で小さな子どもたちがのびのびと遊んでいるのを、テントにいながら安心して見ることができて良かったです。 テントサイトに5泊しました。芝生の状態を保つために、2日おきに、テントを移動。隣合わせのテントサイトを用意してもらえたので問題ありませんでした...

  • Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Nantanshi Miyamachounaka Downward 56
    This is a large green space along the clear Yuragawa River in Miyamacho, Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture. There are facilities including promenades, old houses with thatched roofs and sunken fireplaces, a baseball ground and a car camping site. In the lodging facility Kajikaso there is a day trip bathing facility to clean off the day’s grime while looking out over the river, and a joint restaurant serving Kyoto free pedigree chicken, deer meat and sweetfish in cuisine using local seasonal produce. There are plenty of spots where families can enjoy casual nature walks and camping.

    茅葺き集落から車ですぐのところにあります。ランチオープン前に着きました。秋の行楽シーズンだからか、予約で満席なので予約以外の方は順次、ということでしたが、団体さんを通したあと、案内して頂けました。鹿すき焼き丼を頂きました。汁だく、味は少し濃いめで私の好みに合いました。到着時間が分かっているなら、行楽シーズンは予約がベターなのかもしれません。

  • Happo-One Shizen-Kenkyu-ro (nature study path)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou Everywhere
    This is a trekking course in Happo-One stretching out from Mt. Karamatsu of the Northern Alps Hakuba Mountain Range. Taking a gondola and two lifts to Happo Pond Sanso, it’s an approximate 90-minute course on to Happo Pond. Called the treasury of alpine plants, rare alpine plants endemic to the area grow here. In the summer one can appreciate a variety of flowers around Happo Pond and Kurohishidaira. It is a scenic course looking onto the three Shirouma mountains, and if the weather is good one can see a wide sea of clouds and the mystical sight of mountains reflected in Happo Pond. The starting point is gondola lift Happo Station.
  • Picchio
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Prefecture Kitasaku-gun Karuizawa Town Hoshino Karuizawa Wild Bird Forest Picchio Visitor Center
    Your guide to the forest creatures of Karuizawa—Picchio conducts a variety of nature tours. Go on a nature walk in the forest on the island of Nojima, where 80 species of birds can be seen throughout the year and creatures such as Asian black bears and Japanese serows make their home. Or go and observe Japanese giant flying squirrels gliding through the air at dusk. On a Picchio tour, you can enjoy and learn about the mysteries of local forests and animals. Tours leave from the visitor center in the Hoshino Area facility in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture.
  • Lake Aoki Campground & Adventure Club
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Omachishi Taira 20780-1
    A campground in Taira, Omachi City, Nagano Prefecture located on the shore of Lake Aoki, known for its pure waters and ethereal beauty. Surrounded by larches and Oyama cherry trees, the campground offers a variety of lodging styles, including cottages, caravanning, tent camping, and bungalows. There are also an abundance of activities on offer, like canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, and nature observation cruises. The Lake Aoki firefly cruise is particularly popular. The campground also has a barbecue area where you can rent the necessary equipment and purchase food for grilling as well.

    オートキャンプ場なので車も横付けできます。が、夏のハイシーズンとなるとテントサイトが狭いので窮屈なキャンプになると思います。 オススメはこの時期の空いたシーズン。4ブースくらいを広々と使えます。

  • Tokusawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Matsumotoshi Adumi Kamikouchi
    These plains can be found beyond the Azusa River heading upstream from Kamikochi. Huge Japanese elms and katsura trees can be found here, along with flaccid anemone around May, making it one of Kamikochi’s prime trekking spots. You can enjoy a sweet repose among the grandeur of nature at the “Tokusawaen” and “Tokusawa Campsite,” which both used to be frequented by author Yasushi Inoue.
  • Sasayaki no Komichi (Whisper Lane)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nara Pref. Narashi Kasuganochou 160
    This walking path in Kasuganocho, Nara City extends from south of the Ni-no-torii (second gate) gate at Kasuga Taisha Shrine to Takabatake-cho. The path, lined on both sides by old-growth Japanese pieris, is believed to have been walked by many well-known intellectuals. Its official name is Shimo-no-Negimichi (lower path for senior priests of Shinto shrines).
  • Rail Mountain Bike Gattan GO!!
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    4.5
    92 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Gifu Pref. Hidashi Kamiokachouazumo 1327-2
    Rail Mountain Bike Gattan GO!! Combines bicycles and abandoned train rails in a new activity where the bike frame is secured to form a rail bike, allowing you to experience a ride along the old Kamioka Railway. With many choices of bike available, anyone from kids to the elderly are bound to find some fun.

    ExceThe staff is really nice, the ride Is so easy. When you come during Fall foliage, breezing with leaves color change will be your spot. Come so easy with bus (For me from Takayama) Then get the...

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