Nature Spots in Obuse / Nozawa / Shiga Highlands Area

  • Shibu Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanouchi cho, Shimokitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    The Shibu Pass, spanning between Nagano and Gunma Prefectures boasts a stone marker indicating the highest peak over which a national highway travels; National Route 292 running between Mt. Yokote and Mt. Shirane. The view from the peak can take your breath away. It overlooks the extensive Yoshigadaira Marshlands in which the luscious green of the trees and the wetlands intermingle. At dawn, the sea of clouds, softly glowing from the rays of the sun is a glorious sight to see.
  • Shiga Highlands
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    Shiga Kogen in Shimokitai-gun Nagano-machi, Nagano Prefecture
    Located at an altitude of over 1,000 meters, the Shiga Highlands occupy the bulk of the central area of Joshin’etsu-kogen National Park. This resort area features lakes, marshes, and bogs of all sizes, and you can enjoy physical activities such as trekking in summer and skiing in winter. The rich natural scenery is intimately intertwined with people’s lives, and in fact, this area has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
  • Lake Nojiri
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Kamiminochigunshinanomachi Nojiri
    This is a lake dammed by the lava flow of Mt. Madarao, and because the shape of the lake is similar to a cotton rose flower it is sometimes called Lake Fuyo. From the lake shore one can look out over Mt. Madarao and Mt. Kurohime. Between mid-April and mid-November there are excursion boats along Lake Nojiri, and it is particularly popular among visitors during the autumn when the leaves are changing.
  • Kenashi Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Takayama village in Kamikitai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    "A pass situated along Prefectural Route 112 in Takayama Village, Kamitakai County. The pass is also the starting points of routes leading up Mt. Hafu and Mt. Omeshi. ""Kenashi"" literally means ""no hair,"" and as its name implies, no tall trees grow in the area; however, lingonberries, black crowberries, and other short evergreen shrubs do grow in abundance here, adding large splashes of green color to the scenery."
  • Naena Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Myoukoushi Suginosawa
    The Naena Falls, chosen as one of Japan’s Top 100 Falls, is a waterfall with a 55m drop along Sekigawa River and the borders of Nagao prefecture. The two most recommended seasons are spring, just when the snow starts to melt, and mid-October, with autumnal leaves. It is also referred to as “Earthquake Falls” since the earth rumbles as the amount of water increases in spring. You can reach the falls in about 15 minutes by following the promenade.
  • Mt. Yokote
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    Shoga Takahara Yokote Yamanouchi cho Shimotakai gun Nagano Prefecture
    Mt. Yokote is included as part of the Shiga Kogen mountain range in Joshin’etsukogen National Park. Riding the moving walkway along the mountain’s slope, called the “sky-lator,” along with the “skylift” will bring you to the peak at 2,307 meters high, which offers a stunning panoramic view. On very sunny days, you can see the Northern Alps (Hida Mountains) and Mt. Fuji. It is about 10 minutes from the Shibu Pass, the highest point on the National Highway, once you board the Shibu Pass Romance Lift. Enjoy looking down at the clouds as you stroll up above.
  • Akiyamago
    Travel / Tourism
    Eleomura Akiyama village in Nagano pref.
    “Akiyamago,” spreading from Sakaemura, Shimominochi-gun, Nagano Prefecture to Tsunan in Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata Prefecture, is one of the top one hundred secluded areas in Japan, and is a mountainous region seeped in rich nature. You can enjoy beautiful scenery every season such as cherry blossoms in spring and the area covered in snow in winter, but especially the scenery of changing colors of the autumn leaves is superb.
  • Organic Resort IIZUNA HIGASHI KOGEN
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Iizunamachi Kawakami 2755-345
    A highland surrounded by the Five Peaks of Northern Nagano, Mt. Iizuna, Mt. Kurohime, Mt. Togakushi, Mt. Myoko, and Mt. Madarao. Located at an altitude of about 900 meters, it has a lush natural environment with alpine plants, plants found at lower elevations, birds, insects, etc. You can enjoy the great outdoors there year-round with the changing seasons. This includes mountain cherry trees and azaleas in spring, hydrangea and insects in summer, vivid foliage in fall, and the snowy landscape of winter. There are various facilities like a golf course, campground, athletic field, and a petting zoo in the area around Lake Reisenji. The highland is a fun day out for everyone from kids to grown-ups.
  • Shinshu University Nature Education Garden
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Shigakogen
    An outdoor research facility which belongs to Shinshu University's Faculty of Education, located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange. All are welcome to enter the garden, and admission is free. Located in a special conservation district in a national park at the northern foot of Mt. Shiga, here visitors come in contact with the natural abundance of the Shiga Highlands and have fun learning about the area and its ecology. There's a 3.5 kilometer long walking path, a rock garden where around 50 varieties of Japanese alpine plants are grown, and a museum with mounted examples of animals living in the park and other exhibits.
  • Shijuhachiike Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Tanohara Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Maruike
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Takamagahara
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Mt. Higashidate
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Biwa Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchimachi Hirao Shigakogen Uchi
  • Mt. Kurohime
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Shinanomachi
  • Ojika Marsh
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kamiminochi-gun Shinanomachi
  • Nozomi Lake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Iiyama-shi Asahi
  • Kido Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao
    Kido Pond, a lake in Shiga Kogen, is a popular tourist destination owing to the Kido Pond hot spring, ski resort, camp site, and other attractions. The lake surface is crystal clear and surrounded by white birch trees, making for a beautiful site indeed.
  • Onuma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Kogen in Shimokitai-gun Nagano-machi, Nagano Prefecture
    This pond represents the beautiful emerald green Shiga Highlands. It is surrounded by remaining virgin forests, scattered with wetland flowering plants, and is perfect for trekking and making discoveries of nearby ponds.

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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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