Nature Spots in Karuizawa / Saku / Komoro Area

  • Shiraito Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Karuizawa-cho, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The result of underground water welling out of bare rock, Shiraito Falls has a thin stream of water almost like a strand of silk with beautiful lines of water and white spray falling down. The refreshing sight is one of Karuizawa’s representative sightseeing spots. In the winter, icicles are artificially created using water gushing forth from the waterfall, producing a fantastical atmosphere.
  • Kumoba Pond
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakugunkaruizawamachi Karuizawa
    This pond located in close proximity to Roppon-tsuji serves as the water source for gozen-sui. The quiet, beautiful pond is also called Swan Lake since swans used to migrate here in the past. A promenade has been built around the circumference of the pond upon which visitors can enjoy a slow stroll. Visits during the autumn season with its changing leaves are particularly recommended. The sight of the trees steeped in red and yellow reflected in the water is well worth seeing.
  • Mugikusa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    A pass situated along the Merchen Highway in a national forest in Yakori, Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County. Located between Mt. Maru and Mt. Chausu. Shirakoma Pond, Japan's largest natural lake above 2,100 meters above sea level, is located nearby. Note that the pass is closed to traffic in winter.
  • Shirakoma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    The mystical Shirakoma Pond is located in a primeval forest at the base of Mt. Yatsugatake. As a natural lake at an altitude of 2,100 meters, it is the biggest lake in Japan in terms of area. The crystal-clear surface reflects the beauty of the four seasons. There’s a walkway around it as well, so feel free to take a nice, relaxing stroll.
  • Hirasawa Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunminamimakimura Nobeyama
    This pass is located in Minami-maki Village in Minami-saku County, Nagano Prefecture. The dividing ridge between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan, the pass forms the boundary where rainwater can flow in either direction. The starting point for climbing Mt. Iimori, besides a parking lot and bathrooms, there is also an observatory where you can get magnificent views of Mt. Yatsugatake, the Southern Alps and Mt. Fuji.
  • Lake Matsubara
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun, Koumi cho
    A lake located in Koumi Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture also known as Ina Lake. A walking path encircles the lake and visitors can rent a boat or stay at a nearby bed and breakfast. A well-known fishing spot, in summer many people come to catch Japanese crucian carp and in winter, Japanese pond smelt. Also a renowned fall foliage destination, during the peak period in autumn, a great many visitors come here to enjoy the scenery.
  • Yunomaru Highland
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    Marugahara Plateau of Nagano Prefecture Higashi Miyuu
    A highland located on the west side of the Asama Mountain Range along Prefectural Route 94 in Mihari, Tomi City. A mountain climbing route in the area leads from the Jizo Pass 1,700 meters above sea level up Mt. Yunomaru, and from the top, visitors can get a 360-degree panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. Visitors to the area can also find a campground which makes use of the highland's naturally cool weather even in summer, tennis courts, and other facilities, as well as a ski resort in winter.
  • Yachiho Highland Natural Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunsakuhomachi Yakori 2049-183
    Yachiho Highland Natural Garden preserves the natural environment of Mt. Yatsugatake and is nearly 28 hectares large. You’ll find plants native to the highlands blooming gorgeously and hear the songs of wild fowl and the babbling of mountain streams. You’ll find three small pathways here, each of which offers a different natural experience.
  • Ikenotaira Wetlands
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    Marugahara Plateau of Nagano Prefecture Higashi Miyuu
    A wetlands area located in Yunomaru Highland in Tomi City. Situated 2,000 meters above sea level and known as a treasure trove of alpine plants, the area experiences extreme variations in temperature throughout the year, resulting in a diverse environment in which many plants and animals gather extending from the lower slopes of the highland up to mountains 3,000 meters tall.
  • Yachiho Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Prefecture Minamisaku-gun Sakuho-cho
    A lake located in Sakuho Town, Minamisaku County, Nagano Prefecture with a sweeping view of Mt. Asama and the Arafune Highland. Located in the center of the Yachiho Highland, the lake is notable for the beautiful white birch forest which surrounds it. Also a renowned fishing destination for catching trout and char, many people come here to enjoy fishing in the great outdoors.
  • Mt. Arafune
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Prefecture Takara-gun Shimanita-cho, Nagano Prefecture Saku City
    This is a famous mountain located in the Myogi-Arafune-Saku Kogen Quasi-National Park in the southwestern part of Gumma Prefecture. The mountain has an altitude of 1,423 meters is one of 200 hundred famous mountains in Japan. The mountain became a table-shaped plateau after many years of erosion. It is said that it was named because the flat top and the steep cliffs looks like a ship breaking through rough waves. The cliffs are an overwhelming 200 meters high. Many climbers visit throughout the year and as there are several climbing courses, you can choose the route best suited to your skills.
  • Hirogawara Cave Group (Saisho Cave)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Taguchi
  • Arafune Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Sakushi Uchiyama
    This lake is located inside of the Uchiyama Farm Camping Ground along the Myogi-Arafune forest road in Uchiyama, Saku City. A promenade has been built on the side of the lake and visitors can view the Asamafuro, a near-threatened species of geranium, that grow in mass on the lakeshore from July to August. The lake also has a fishing pond (anglers must bring their own fishing equipment).
  • Lake Inako / Lake Choko
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunkoumimachi Toyosato 4253-1
    These lakes are located along Prefectural Route 480 in Toyosato, Koumi Town, Minamisaku County. Of all the nearby lakes often collectively referred to as Matsubara Lake, Lake Inako and Lake Choko are especially popular as Japanese crucian carp fishing spots. From April to October, anglers can enjoy fishing on a more than 1,000-meter-high plateau. In the winter, it is possible to go ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt. Visitors can also commune with nature by strolling the lakeside promenade.
  • Matsubarako Highland
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunkoumimachi Toyosato 5918-2
    This plateau is located in Toyosato, Koumi Town, Minamisaku County near Lake Inako, Lake Choko, and Lake Otsuki, which are collectively referred to as Lake Matsubara. It features a variety of facilities including hot springs and camp grounds as well as sporting facilities such as a skating center and tennis courts. Visitors can also enjoy activities such as boating and strolling along the lakeshore. Anglers can fish for Japanese crucian carp on the lake and even go ice fishing for Japanese pond smelt in the winter.
  • Cosmos Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Uchiyama
    A 20-minute drive from the Saku-minami Interchange. A highway close to Uchiyama Valley on National Route 254. A popular tourist destination, here visitors can enjoy a comfortable drive along a nine kilometer stretch of road along which cosmos, the official flower of Saku City, have been planted. The flowers bloom from early to late September. The flowers were first planted by a local senior citizens' club in 1972; today, the scenic road is maintained by local residents. The Saku Kogen Cosmos Festival is held in mid-September and during this time a tea cafe opens up; visitors can also try dying a handkerchief.
  • Uchiyama Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Saku-shi Uchiyama
  • Ryugaeshi Falls (Suzuga Falls)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
  • Senga Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
  • Mt. Iimori
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Minamisakugunminamimakimura Hirasawa
    This gorgeous mountain has a height of 1,643 meters and looks like a bowl full of rice. From the summit, you can see Mt. Yatsugatake and even Mt. Fuji and Mt. Asama if the weather is good. It is also easy for beginners to climb, making it a popular destination.

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Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country’s most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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