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Nature Spots in Mt. Chokai / Yokote Area

  • Nikaho Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
    Highlands spreading to the north of Mt. Chokai. From its altitude of 500 meters you can see the Sea of Japan as well as Mt. Chokai and the highlands are scattered with a wealth of natural highlights including lakes, marshes, and meadows. Along with ranches, cycling courses and campsites the popular Chokai Panorama Line driving route passes through the highlands.
  • Naso no Shirataki Falls
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    Akita Prefecture Nakaho City Kotakiri
    Shirataki Falls is located on the middle stretch of the Naso River, which flows down from Mt. Chokai. The falls, 11 meters wide and 26 meters tall, create a massive splash as they flow down. In 1932, it was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty. A panoramic view of the falls is available from the pavilions of the nearby Kinpo Shrine.
  • Shishigahana Marsh
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    Akita Pref. Nikahoshi Kisakatamachiyokoka Nakashimadai
    Located at the northern foot of Mt. Chokai, this marsh is surrounded by the Nakajimadai Recreation Forest. This mysterious marsh is home to 11 underground waters, including the one called Detsubo, and flourishes with a moss valued worldwide. The water is also home to the spherical moss Chokai marimo. This marsh offers various magical natural experience.
  • Hottai Falls
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    Akita Pref. Yurihonjoushi Choukaimachimomoyake
    Melt water and spring water from Mt. Chokai cascades down this 100-meter-long and 57.4-meter-high three-step waterfall. It has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls and Important Natural Monument and scenic spot of Akita Prefecture. It is particularly famous for the flow of a width of 3 to 30 meters at the waterfall basin of 3,000 square meters. The magnificent amount of white water flowing boasts an incredible sound. The fall is surrounded by deciduous broad‐leaved trees, making the area famous for viewing the fall leaves. The colorful reds and yellows with the flowing waterfall makes it an unmissable mystical sight.
  • Oyasukyo Gorge
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Field etc.
    This is a roughly eight kilometer long valley in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. It offers views of various waterfalls, including Fudo-no-taki and Yakushi-no-taki. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its well-maintained trails make it a popular sightseeing spot. You can find Oyasukyo Onsen upstream, as well.
  • Oyasukyo Daifunto
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    Akita Pref. Yuzawashi Minase Aratokoro
    Oyasukyo is a famous spot in Kurikoma Quasi-National Park, in Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture. Located in a valley at 60 meter elevation, this hot spring is set apart by the boiling water and steam bubbling forth from bare rock. With its well-maintained trails, you can get a close look at the layers of bedrock holding back intense natural heat, with cracks letting out clouds of steam and hot water. It's also famous for its fall leaf viewing, and its popular sightseeing spot equipped with parking areas.
  • Sanzugawa-Keikoku Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yuzawa-shi
    A valley at the entrance of Kawarage Jigoku. As you gaze over the valley from the Sanzugawa Bridge suspended nearly 40-meters above the mountain river and look at the precipitous cliffs on either side you'll come to understand the naming of the bridge and the valley (Sanzu River is the Buddhist equivalent of the River Styx that souls must cross into the afterlife). On either side of the bridge stand four stone statues, Lord Enma and Lord Taizan on one side, and Longevity Jizo and Praying Jizo on the other. The autumn changing colors of the foliage is superb.
  • Mt.Hinoto
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Mt.Yashio
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Mt.Toko
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Mt.Torage
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Mt.Takamatsu
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Kameda Fudodaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yurihonjo-shi
  • Oike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yurihonjo-shi Chokaimachi Kamijinego
  • Ogata Reservoir
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita
  • Oyachi Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yurihonjo-shi Nishisawa Minami Yuri Hara
  • Oyanagi Swamp Natural Park
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    Akita Ogachi-gun Higashinaruse Mura Tsubakikawa
  • Kainuma Swamp
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yuzawa-shi Minase Sakurazaka
  • Karasu Swamp
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yurihonjo-shi
  • Kurogata
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Nikaho Innai Kuro Kata

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Famed for its sake and samurai, Akita prefecture offers quintessential Japanese culture in a non-touristy setting. Alongside the celebrated rice paddies and historical sites of the region lies dramatic natural scenery in the form of the rugged coastline of the Oga Peninsula and the Dakigaeri Gorge, best visited in autumn, when the leaves begin to change color.

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