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薬研渓流 Yagen-keiryuu The Yagen Mountain Stream

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The Yagen Mountain Stream is the 4 km clear stream in an upstream part of the Ohata River, which flows into the Tsugatu Straights. It is at the northern foot of Mt. Asahina and a part of Shimokita Peninsula Quasi-National Park, which includes famous Mount Osore.

It is famous for its beautiful scenery comparable to the scenic beauty of more famous sightseeing spots in the prefecture such as Lake Towada and Oirase Gorge. From tender green in early summer to beautiful autumn colors, visitors can enjoy seasonal changes in scenery.

You can also enjoy forest bathing while walking along the 4 km path beside the stream. It takes about 1 hour from Yagen Hot Springs to Okuyagen Hot Springs. The stream is known as a good fishing spot for sweetfish and Japanese local trout such as Yamame and Iwana.

Near the stream is National Yagen Camping Site, where a lot of people enjoy camping in summer. About 2 km up the stream from the camping site is “Kappanoyu (Kappa’s Hot Spring),” an open-air bath with the legend of Kappa, and Mutsu City Okuyagen Shukei Park, where there is another open-air bath “Meoto-Kappanoyu.”

The hot spring area is called “Yagen” because the shape of the hot spring vent looked like Yagen, a tool used in the making of traditional herbal medicine.
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札幌 星置の滝 Sapporo Hoshioki-no-taki The Hoshioki-no-taki Waterfall

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The Hoshioki-no-taki Waterfall is in a valley adjacent to a quiet residence area in Teine-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido. It is a two-storied waterfall with a height of 14 m located in the Hoshioki River, which springs out of 949-meter high Mt. Teine.

The name “Hoshioki” is presumed to be borrowed from an Ainu word “hoshipoki,” which means “down the cliff.” There are clustering trees in the valley around the cliff, where you can enjoy forest bathing. Having been eroded by the river flow, the rock mass around the middle of the waterfall was hollowed into a conical shape, into which the upper part of the waterfall flows and forms a two-storied waterfall.

The dashing flow of water with white splashes is really dynamic and gives a masculine impression. Its roaring sound echoes through the quiet valley.
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群馬 照葉峡 Gunma Teriha-kyou Teriha Gorge

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Teriha Gorge located in the upstream of the Yunokoya River in Minakami-machi in Gunma Prefecture. The gorge has eleven waterfalls, each of which has the elegant name such as Higurashi (Evening Cicada), Konomi (Nut), Shigure (Shower in Late Autumn), Fudan (Constance), Tsuzumi (Japanese Hand Drum), Kodama (Tree Spirit), Kawasemi (Indian Kingfisher), Hakuryu (White Dragon), Iwana (Char) and Senryu (Diving Dragon), which were given by a Haiku poet, Mizuhara Shuoshi.

Teriha Gorge is a scenic spot with the atmosphere of unexplored land. Tender green in spring is beautiful but the landscape in fall is far more wonderful. The waterfalls gently flow down in the picturesque beauty of the brocade woven with red and yellow autumn leaves. Each of the waterfalls has its own elegance, but the most overwhelming in this season is the Tsuzumi-no-taki waterfall.

As it takes less than one hour to see around the gorge, you can spend leisurely time in forest bathing. It’s the unknown scenic spot.
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神割崎 Kamiwarizaki Kamiwari Point

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Kamiwari Point in Shizugawa-cho, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture is one of the most famous scenic spots along the southern part of the Sanriku Kaigan coastline. There is a huge black sandstone rock that was eroded by the ocean and split in two. The wild waves rushing through the slap between the two rocks look tremendously dynamic.

This scenic site is associated with a legend called Kamiwari, which means “broken by the god.” Legend has it that, once upon a time, a huge whale was washed ashore on the beach. The villagers of both Tokura Village and Jusanhama Village, who had been in conflict with each other over the village border, claimed the possession of the whale. Not being able to arrive at a conclusion, they decided to carry over the discussion to the next morning and went home. At night, however, ear-shuttering sounds were heard from the cape. When the surprised villagers rushed to the cape, they found a huge rock split in two there. People accepted this mysterious incident as the god’s judgment and stopped the conflict since then.

Waking through the pine grove and enjoying a fine view of this beautiful coast, you can’t help feeling that it is not altogether a fanciful tale.
360-21  旧有壁宿本陣  Kyu-arikabesyuku-honjin
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船岡竹林公園 Funaokachikurinkouen Funaoka Bamboo Grove Park

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Over 200 species of Japanese and foreign rare bamboo grow in Funaoka Bamboo Grove Park in Yazu-cho, Yazu-gun, Tottori Prefecture. It is one of the few full-scale bamboo gardens in the country. Surrounded with fresh scent and energy that is emitted from bamboo trees and soft green light seen through bamboo leaves, visitors can fully enjoy “bamboo bathing.”

Other than bamboo trees, the park has plenty of high spots including white, pink, mauve and cardinal red flowers of moss phloxes that cover the ground in spring and beautiful azalea flowers in early summer. Landscape that changes from season to season provides visitors with relaxation and refreshment. Evan families with children can spend enjoyable time because barbeque facilities, bungalows and camping site are arranged in the 7 ha. park ground.
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綾川渓谷 Ayakawa-Keikoku Ayakawa Gorge

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Ayakawa Gorge located in Aya-cho, Higashimorokata-gun, Miyazaki Pref. is a scenic spot composed of the two clear mountain streams, the Aya-Kita River and the Aya-Minami River, and one of Japan’s largest evergreen forest. Numerous spring water that gushes out of the earth surface in the deep forest flows into the streams. This group of spring water is selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Water.
The gorge is a part of Kyushu Chuo-Sanchi Quasi-National Park. The 1,700 ha laurel forest is composed of nearly 40 species of trees including camphor, oak and Shii (Castanopsis cuspidata), many of which are over 300 years old. This densely grown forest is the habitat of wild birds including varied tits, great tits and Mountain Hawk-eagles. Sweetfish swimming upstream can be seen in the clear mountain rivers. Rare species of plants grow in the forest. You can have a full view of the gorge from the world’s highest hanging bridge that is thrown across the forest. Walking in this bountiful nature, you can slip back into the Jomon period.
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御池 Miike Lake Miike

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Lake Miike is a crater lake in the Kirishima Mountain Range in Takahara-cho, Nishi-Morokata-gun, Miyazaki Pref. It is the largest and deepest (103 m) of all the crater lakes in Kirishima mountains. It is a round lake with a circumference of 4 km and a diameter of 1 km. There is a camping site on the lakeside, which is suitable for family camping and school excursion. The area of 115 ha around Lake Miike and Lake Koike is appointed as “Wild Birds’ Forest,” which is famous as a bird watching site where about 130 species of wild birds including the rare species of fairy pitta and blue-and-white flycatcher can be seen. The promenade leading to Wild Bird’s Forest and Lake Koike is arranged as a part of Kyushu Nature Trail project. Visitors can enjoy forest bathing, hiking and fishing in the grandeur of nature.
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吉滝 Yoshi-taki The Yoshitaki Waterfall

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The Yoshitaki Waterfall is a unique waterfall located in Kami-cho, Hyogo Pref. It is a famous beauty spot in the area. This 28-meter high waterfall consists of two parts; the upper part with a height of 23 m, while the lower part with 5 m. Small waterfalls called Kin (gold) Waterfall and Gin (silver) Waterfall flow down on either side of the main waterfall. There is a shrine named Yoshitaki Shrine in back of the basin. If you go up along the approach to the shrine, you can see the waterfall from the backside, from which the waterfall is also called “Urami no Taki (meaning a waterfall seen from the backside).” Behind the waterfall, the splashes of water look very cool. Dark green leaves of cedar and chestnut trees leaning over the waterfall and moss-covered large rocks along the mountain stream, all create a beautiful landscape. A lot of visitors come to enjoy forest bathing.
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