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  • Hiruzen Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama prefecture Maniwa shi mountain
    A plateau 500 to 600 meters above sea level located in north Maniwa City, Okayama Prefecture known as one of the top resort destinations in western Japan. Located in Daisen-Oki National Park, the plateau offers a superb view of the three peaks of Hiruzen. Cute Jersey cows graze on pastureland on the plateau, and visitors can watch them basking in the sun. The plateau is full of tourism destinations, including leisure facilities offering horseback riding, cycling, and barbecuing, as well as an amusement park and a hot spring bath facility.
  • Chausuyama Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Pref. Kitashitaraguntoyonemura Sakauba 70-185
    This field of flowers is located near the summit of Mt. Hagitaroyama, in Sakauba, ToyoneVillage, Kitashitara County. At an altitude of 1,358 meters, there are seven kinds of approximately 400,000 Moss phlox flowers, which cover a vast area of 22,000 square meters. The Shibazakura Festival is held here from mid-May to early June.
  • Akiyoshi-dai Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Mimaki City Yamaguchi
    Believed to have been formed some 350 million years ago as a coral reef, the Akiyoshi-dai Plateau is one of Japan’s largest karst plateaus and boasts a total area of around 54 square kilometers. Countless rugged limestone protrusions jut out of the scenic vast grass-covered plain, and flowers can be found here growing year round. Scenic observatory offers panoramic views of the magnificent plain. The limestone of Akiyoshido, a designated Special Natural Monument, is another of the area’s highlights. The entire area is also designated as a Quasi-National Park which serves as a popular leisure spot where visitors can go hiking and trekking.
  • Tonomine Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Kanzakigunkamikawachou Kawakami
    "A highland area with hiking courses located along the Bantan Renraku Road in Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. The highland was used as a filming location for the movie ""Norwegian Wood"" and the historical television dramas ""Taira no Kiyomori"" and ""Gunshi Kanbei."" In spring, the highland is covered in greenery and flowers come into bloom. In summer, cool, refreshing breezes blow, while in winter the landscape is covered in white, powdery snow. In particular, however, the highland is a renowned fall foliage destination, and in autumn some 90 hectares of white tasseled Japanese pampas grass growing on the highland create a stunning spectacle. Each year in March, controlled burns are conducted on the highland; in September, moon-viewing parties are held and in October a Japanese pampas grass festival is celebrated on the plateau."
  • Senjogahara Plateau
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Chugushi
    Senjogahara Plateau is located in Oku-Nikko which is home to abundant nature, which was formerly a lake but has been transformed into a wetlands, and it is a vast area which is proportionate to the size of 85 Tokyo Domes. The god of Mt. Nantai and the god of Mt. Akagi had a battle here and thus the origin of the name of “Senjo” (battlefield) wetlands. There is a nature exploration route maintained, which you can walk through in about two hours. You can enjoy as many as 350 varieties of plants and numerous birds.
  • Oishi-kogen Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Wakayama Pref. Kaisougunkiminochou Nakada
    This highland area is spread between the towns of Aritagawa and Kimino. Surrounding the primary Oishigamine peak, elevation 870 meters, are pampas grasses inviting many visitors in early spring and during the autumn pampas grass season. The grasses are photogenic especially in the autumn dusk glow where they appear like shining gold. From the pinnacle, one can see the Izumi Mountain Range to the North, and Mt. Gomadan and other crests of inner Koya to the east. At night, one can even capture the star filled sky with the town lights in the backdrop. Because Koya can be reached by car, this is a spot that even a novice photographer feels like a professional.
  • Ibaraki Kenmin no Mori
    Travel / Tourism
    Ibaraki Pref. Nakashi To 4589
    This forest park was created in 1968. Visitors can stroll amidst natural forest lush with seasonal flowering plants, and catch sight of some 360 varieties of trees and wild grasses and flowers along with around 90 varieties of wild birds like green pheasants and great spotted woodpeckers. A variety of events are held in the park, as well, such as crafting classes and nature games.
  • Numappara Marshland
    37 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Prefecture Nasushiobara City
    This marshland is situated 1,230 meters above sea level along the upper reaches of the Naka River, a river which flows through Nasushiobara City, in Tochigi Prefecture. There are walking paths for visitors to use, and from May through August, you can see subalpine plants such as eastern skunk cabbages, Nikko day lilies, and Gentiana triflora Pall. There's parking nearby which can also be used by large busses. Many tourists come here to enjoy the area's seasonal scenery.

    The My family enjoyed the easy stroll on the trail down to the marsh and on the board walk around the marsh. It was cloudy the day we went but still pleasant. Even after heavy rains the night before...

  • Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest
    70 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 3254
    A forest park which serves as a habitat for many plants and animals, including rare species. Nature walks and activity programs are conducted in the Forest Recreation Zone. Access to portions of the Forest Learning Zone is restricted in order to preserve natural environments, and only guided walks are allowed in these areas.

    You will pass through the National Park office which give you directions and a good resting place while waiting for the bus to return hotel. Great walk to the waterfall and a remote onsen which you...

  • Hachikita Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyogo Prefecture Bigata-gun Kami-cho
    A highland sprawling on the north side of Mt. Hachibuse in Osasa, Muraoka Ward, Kami Town, Mikata County. The location of the Hachikita Ski Resort as well as numerous ryokan inns, hotels, lodges, and hot spring bathhouses. Events held in the area include ski tournaments such as the Hachikita Alpine Skiing Competition, and Cronoscalate in Hachikita, a hill climbing tournament which makes use of specially closed off public roads.
  • Hachi Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Yabushi Kusaide
    A highland sprawling partway up the southern slope of Mt. Hachibuse in Yabu City. There are mountain climbing and hiking courses here as well as a campground and paragliding school, plus a ski resort in winter, and visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the area. There are also numerous hotels, ryokan inns, and lodges to be found in this resort destination.
  • Wakasu Kogen Oya Camping Ground, Summer Gelaende (Artificial Ski Slope)
    Travel / Tourism
    Hyougo Pref. Yabushi Oyachouwakasu 99-2 Oya ski area
    This facility is part of the Wakasu Kogen Oya Camping Ground in Wakasu, Oya-cho, Yabu City. A ski resort in winter and a camp ground in the green season, this slope is maintained so you can ski in the summer too. They also have equipment for mat and water jumping.
  • Kawachi Toge Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagasaki Pref. Hiradoshi Onochou
    This is a gently sloping prairie over 6.4 times the size of Tokyo Dome occupying approximately 30 hectares. From the summit one has a view of the Ninety-Nine Islands, the Genkai Sea as well as Iki Island and Tsushima Island further away. In spring Hirado azaleas bloom profusely, in summer the grasses are a radiant green, and in autumn Japanese pampas grass covers the land as far as the eye can see. In the winter the fields are set ablaze to prevent serious fires and promote the cultivation of young grass, and many tourists come to see this spectacular sight.
  • Yakusugi Land
    Travel / Tourism
    Kagoshima Prefecture Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho
    This is a nearly 270-hectare natural recreation forest located at an elevation of approximately 1,000 meters and situated at the upper stream of the Anbogawa River’s tributary, the Arakawa River. Four courses have been created that allow walkers to enjoy large trees representative of the Yakusugi forest zone including sugi (a type of Japanese cryptomeria or cedar), tsuga (southern Japanese hemlock), and momi (fir), and visitors can enjoy the nature according to their physical ability. Visitors on the 50-minute or 80-minute courses can see Buddha sugi that are estimated to be 1,800 years old, and on the 150-minute course Tenchu sugi that are vying to be Yakushima’s tallest and second tallest trees.
  • Large Keyaki of Noma/Keyaki Museum
    20 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Osaka Met. Toyonogun Nosecho Nomainaji
    Located in the Nosecho district of Osaka’s Toyono-gun, the large Keyaki (Japanese zelkova tree) of Noma is a national natural monument and there is a museum nearby that mainly preserves and displays materials relating to it. The large keyaki with a height of approximately 27 meters and trunk girth of approximately 13 meters said to be about 1,000 years old is one of Japan’s foremost giant trees. The largest branch is approximately 39 meters by approximately 36 meters, and the tree is loved as a symbol of Nose’s abundance nature. From late April to July when the new leaves are out, wild brown hawk owls can be seen sitting in the branches. Entrance to the museum is free.


  • Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest Field Centre
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Takaku Hei 3254
    Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest is an area of forest (about 560 hectares) with abundant plant and animal life that is located in the foothills of the Nasu Mountains, around 40 minutes' drive from the Nasu Interchange and the Nasu-Kogen Service Area Smart Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway. The forest was originally managed as part of the Nasu Imperial Villa, and has now been opened to the general public. It provides a habitat for a great many different animal and plant species, including several rare species. The forest is divided into two main areas: the Forest Recreation Zone, where visitors can stroll around freely and experience the wonderful natural environment, and the Forest Learning Zone, where access is restricted to guided walks, in order to safeguard the environment. The Forest offers various special activities for visitors at different times of year.
  • Nikko Kirifuri Highland, Kisuge-daira Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono 1531
    Nikko Kirifuri Highland, Kisuge-daira Park is located around 30 minutes' drive from the Nikko Interchange of the Nikko Utsunomiya Road, via the Kirifuri-ohashi Bridge and Kirifuri Highland Road. The Park is a highland area at an elevation of around 1,200 meters on the slopes of Mt. Akanagi. It is a treasure-house of alpine plants; it is particularly famous for Brown Dwarf Day Lily flowers, around 260,000 of which can be seen in bloom from late June through into mid-July. Kisuge-daira, the area where the flowers grow, also has hiking trails for visitors to use. Starting in late October, there is beautiful autumn foliage, and in winter visitors can enjoy skiing. There is also the Nikko Kirifuri Kogen Chirorin Village leisure facility, which is ideal for both couples and families.
  • Urabandai Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Kitashiobara Village, Yama-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
    "Urabandai Highland is a highland area to the north of Mt. Bandai, located around 25 minutes' drive from Inawashiro Bandai Kogen Interchange on the Ban-Etsu Expressway. Viewed from the south, Mt. Bandai has a very neat, mountain-like appearance, but the north side has a rough, irregular shape due to sectoral collapse, hence the name ""Urabandai"" (meaning ""Back of Mt. Bandai""). Urabandai is famous for the Goshikinuma lakes and ponds; there are many lakes and ponds, with water that takes a wide range of different colors, including emerald green and cobalt blue. Urabandai is a great place to visit in spring (for the new greenery) and autumn (for the autumn foliage), but it is also well worth seeing in winter, when visitors can enjoy snowshoe-trekking. Special guided tours, available only in winter, take visitors to see Goshikinuma ponds when they are at their most magical and mysterious."
  • Hinohara Tokyo Citizens’ Forest
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nishitamagunhinoharamura Kazuma 7146
    Hinohara Tokyo Citizens’ Forest is located on the lower slopes of Mt. Mito, the tallest of the “Three Mountains of Okutama.” The Forest is a water source protection forest, and is ranked as one of Japan’s “Top 100 Finest Water Source Protection Forests.” There are several hiking trails within the Forest, one of which, “Otaki no Michi” (Waterfall Route Course) was designated as the first “Forest Therapy Trail” in Tokyo; with a packed woodchip surface, the trail is very easy to walk on. The restaurant located within the Forest grounds is the highest restaurant in Tokyo.

    武蔵五日市駅から急行バスに揺られること約1時間20分。 標高1,000Mの山岳地帯にあるビジターセンターのような場所にたどり着きます。 三頭山の登山口であったり、奥多摩周遊道路のドライブの立寄りスポットとしても 機能しています。 山にしては非常に清潔なトイレや、ゴミ箱、屋根付きのベンチなどハイカーには嬉 しい設備もあります。 自分はここを拠点にして、ハセツネのコースを武蔵五日市駅まで戻りました...

  • Kirifuri Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Tochigi Pref. Nikkoushi Tokorono
    This roughly 1,200-meter above sea level highland is at Mt. Akanagisan in Tokorono, Nikko City. Its rich natural environment includes colorful foliage in autumn and alpine plants like nearly 260,000 Nikko kisuge day lilies that bloom from late June. The area has hotels and other accommodation options, as well as leisure facilities that include Ozasa Ranch, the New Kirifuri Camping Ground, and the Nikko Kirifuri Highland Kisuge-daira Park.

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