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シオジ原生林 Sioji-genseirin Shioji Primeval Forest

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Shioji Primeval Forest is in Maetsue-machi, Hita, Oita Prefecture. The primeval shioji tree is a waterside deciduous broadleaf tree native to Japan.

Shioji forest spreads for 3ha across the hills of Shakadake in western Maetsue and is a precious primeval forest, where Japan's few remaining shioji trees can be seen in their natural state. The annual rainfall of this forest zone is over 3000mm, making it very damp and humid. Many varieties of moss and low plants thrive in this environment, as well as rare insects and small animals that are the subjects of scientific study.

The water that wells out from the soft soil and the rich forest is plentiful in minerals and forms the headwaters of the Chikugo River. In addition to shioji, many other deciduous broadleaf trees grow near the forest, including beech and maple.

The primeval shioji forest is an example of a preserved area that reveals a part of Japan's original environment.
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桜滝 Sakura-daki Sakuradaki Waterfall

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Sakuradaki waterfall is located near Amagasemachi, in Hita, Oita Prefecture. The waterfall gets its name from the mountain cherry trees ('sakura') that grow profusely here.

With a height of 25 meters and a width of 15 meters, this waterfall is defined by its white veil-like stream of falling water. In this area, both banks of the Goraku River are cliffs revealing bare rock, but the contrast with the deciduous trees growing between the cracks shows a simple kind of beauty.

The basin of the waterfall is a beautiful half sphere, and there is only a small opening around the waterfall, making it hard to see from far away. The fact that the waterfall is only a 5-minute walk through calm and peaceful paddy fields from JR Amagase station is also a good point. After crossing the rails and walking a short distance, it is already close enough to feel the spray from the waterfall. Sakuradaki is an easy-to-reach location for everyone to appreciate the magnificence of nature.
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立羽田の景 Tachihada-no-kei The Scenery of Tachihada

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Tachihada is a beauty spot in Kusu, Oita Prefecture, and is also known as Sunset Pass. From the Prefectural Highway Mt Kusu that runs alongside it for about 1km, one can see the rocky hills.

Tachihada is a famous spot within Ura-Yaba Valley. In autumn, the area takes on a red color that makes it even more beautiful. The rocky mountains reach up and appear to touch the skies while the green vines add to the wonderful sight. This view harmonizes with the farmhouses that dot the foothills to make a pastoral landscape that seems straight out of a folk tale.

The area is rich in edible wild plants such as bracken, royal fern and 'udo'. At 'Interactive Teahouse', fresh vegetables and dumpling soup are served and many tourists enjoy the different tastes of the seasons. Persimmon trees and local dwellings further complement the landscape. It is indeed a friendly mountain village.

Tachihada is full of scenes that you will never tire of seeing.
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直島ヤマツツジ Naoshima-yamatsutsuji Naoshima-Yamatsutsuji (Naoshima Mountain Azalea)

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On the small island of Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea, near the mainland of Japan, the Yamatsutsuji (Mountain Azalea) has been pronounced as the area's representative flower.
   Every year, from the end of March through May, the mountain slopes are covered with clusters of pink mountain azaleas. Here, they are commonly known as naoshima-yamatsutsuji. It is said that the retired emperor, Munenori, who had a certain bond with this area, passionately loved this flower.  
   In the Taisho period, with the development of copper refineries, pollution spread rapidly, turning the northern half of the island into a bare, desolate mountain. Since then, much attention has been paid to encourage the regrowth of the island plantlife.
   Today, Naoshima is making great efforts to promote the island as an outstanding tourist resort and is actively participating in a campaign called Midori-Sousei, which is improving the land by aforestation.
   In 2004, following a big fire that raged across one-eighth of the island, naoshima-yamatsutsuji seeds were planted at the site of the fire as one of the main plants to help the scorched land to recover.
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