Nature Spots in Kiso Area

  • Nezame no Toko
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    Nami Prefecture Kiso County Kamimatsu Town sleeping sensation
    This government-designated scenic spot is located along the Nakasendo route between Agematsu and Suhara. It contains rare terrain formations such as cubic joints and potholes. The strong current of the Kiso River has carved several unique rock formations, and the sight of its enchanting emerald hue is one worth beholding. This place appears in the legend of Urashima Taro as well, and it is said the name is taken from the scene when Urashima Taro returned from the dragon palace and opened the treasure casket.
  • Atera Gorge
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunokuwamura Nojiri (Arenda National Forest)
    The Atera River is a distributary of the Kiso River. The area from the water source to where it meets the Kiso River is the “Atera Gorge.” Due to the beautiful color of the clear stream sparkling emerald green, it is also called “Atera Blue.” It is especially recommended in the autumn season for the colors of the leaves.
  • Kaida Highlands
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunkisomachi Kaidakougensuekawa
    A highland sprawling at the foot of Mt. Mitake along the Nakasendo Highway in Kaidakogen Suekawa, Kiso Town, Kiso County. A naturally lush and beautiful area with a picturesque view of Mt. Mitake, even in summer the average temperature is around 18°C and the area is a great place to enjoy the outdoors while escaping the heat of lower lying areas. A variety of activity facilities are located in the area, including Kisouma no Sato, a horse ranch which raises native Kiso horses; museums; and local culture centers, in addition to restaurants, hot spring inns, and bed and breakfasts.
  • Mt. Ontake
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunoutakimura Kiso Town
    Mt. Ontake, which is located on the boundary of Nagano Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture, is the second highest volcano in Japan after Mt. Fuji, rising to a height of 3,067 meters. Since ancient times, Mt. Ontake was renowned as a sacred mountain, and attracted practitioners of Shugendo (a form of mountain asceticism that combines elements of Shintoism and Buddhism); it is still an object of veneration to this day. Visitors can travel up to the Seventh Station via the Ontake Ropeway; from there, it takes around one hour to walk to the Eighth Station, which is a marvelous place for viewing the autumn foliage (the autumn foliage is at its best from late September through to early October). In summer, from late June through into July, there are many beautiful alpine plants to be seen on the mountain slopes. The restrictions on entering areas near the summit of the volcano are gradually being relaxed, and safety measures have been strengthened, with the establishment of new shelters, etc.
  • Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest
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    Nagano Prefecture Kiso-gun Kamimatsu-cho Akasawa Ogawa entered the forest
    Known as the birthplace of forest bathing, Akasawa Natural Recreational Forest is a natural coniferous forest of Kiso Hinoki (Japanese cypress trees) of over 300 years old. It has been selected as one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan and one of the Ministry of the Environment's 100 best aromatic landscapes. The forest is home to walking trails, places to stay, workshops, and restaurants, etc. Many people come here to forest bath so they can relax and de-stress.
  • Magome Pass
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    Gifu Nakatsugawa-shi Magome Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi
  • Shin Falls
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Otakimura
  • Ono Falls
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Agematsumachi
  • Odaki-Medaki Waterfalls (Male & Female Waterfalls)
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi Azuma
  • Onoshima Falls
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi
  • Komorebi Falls & Fueki Falls
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi Mitake
  • Tomoebuchi (Tomoegafuchi)
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomachi Hiyoshi
  • Kakizore Gorge
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Yomikaki
    Kakizore Gorge, located in Kisoji, is said to be especially beautiful with its signature emerald-green color. Proceed upstream from the “Koiji” suspension bridge and you’ll see waterfalls, chasms, and crystal-clear water for about an eight-kilometer stretch. The fall foliage is stunning as well. About 300 meters from the suspension bridge is Ushigataki Falls, the water from which flows magnificently into the main gorge.
  • Lake Okukiso
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomura
  • Ushigataki
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    Nagano Pref. Kisogunnagisomachi Yomikaki
  • Odaira Ayame Park Ike
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano Kiso-gun Kisomura Suge
  • Tadachi no Taki
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    Nagano Kiso-gun Nagisomachi
  • Mt.Kohide
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    Nagano
  • Mt.Kengamine (Mt.Ontake)
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano
  • Mt.Minamikomagatake
    Travel / Tourism
    Nagano

Nagano Areas

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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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