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2007/7/23


びふか松山湿原 Bifuka-matsuyama-shitsugen Bifuka-Matsuyama Moor

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Bifukawa-Matsuyama Moor is on Mt Matsuyama and overlooks the town of Bifuka (Nakagawa-gun, Hokkaido).

Bifuka-Matsuyama Moor is located 797m above sea level and is also known as the highest moor in northern Japan. The moor is approximately 25ha in area and includes three ponds of varying sizes, into which kokanee salmon are periodically released.

The moor was designated as a Natural Environment Conservation Area of Hokkaido in 1976 (Showa 51), because of its many small alpine trees dwarfed by wind and snow. Trees unique to the mountain include aka-ezo pine (Picea glehnii) and Siberian dwarf pine, which are considered to be of academic importance.

The moor features a 1km-hiking route that runs through real wilderness. Here can be found highland plants flowering in various seasons, including the tachigi-boushis (Hosta rectifolia) and horomuirindous (Gentiana triflora var. japonica subvar. horomuiensis). The hiking route brings visitors to the great outdoors, where they can see dwarf trees such as the ezo pine and Siberian dwarf pines sitting between the blue sky and the green landscape. Indeed, such views could only be created by nature.
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2007/7/12


利尻島 Rishiri-tou Rishiri Island

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Rishiri Island is a circular island located to the west of Wakkanai City in north Hokkaido. Most part of the island is designated as a part of Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. The word “Rishiri” comes from an Ainu word “ri-sir,” meaning “an island with a lofty mountain.” As its name shows, the island has a lofty mountain of Mt. Rishiri (1,721 m), which has a beautiful conical shape like Mt. Fuji. Being called “Rishiri Fuji,” it is the symbol of the island.

Rishiri Island is blessed with fishing grounds and ocean resources. Especially kelp taken from the sea around the island is famous all over the country as Rishiri Kelp. The island is also the treasure trove of alpine plants including many species peculiar to this island. With a lot of exquisite mountains, highlands, lakes and wetlands, Rishiri Island is a fascinating sightseeing spot.
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2007/7/9


オムサロ台地 竪穴群 Omusaro-daiti Tateana-gun Pit Dwellings on the Omusaro Plateau

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About 7 kilometers from Monbetsu on the Omusaro Plateau in Hokkaido, are the remains of pit dwellings. These remains spread over a hill between Shokotsu River and Omusaro Pond near the town of Okoppe. There are 208 pit dwellings of early native peoples extending for about 1km in this area.

These remains probably belong to the early Jomon period of about 10,000 years ago. There are also remains belonging to the later Satsumon period that feature the unique Okhotsk culture of the Ainu people of Hokkaido. These pit dwellings show us the life of these peoples over a period of 10,000 years.

Today, the remains are part of a park on the plateau, and there is a great view from the top. There has been some restoration of the pit dwellings, and of high-floored warehouses which give a feeling of life in the Satsumon period 1,000 years ago. Plants favored by the Ainu people, such as 'oubayuri', 'ezoengosaku' and 'gyojaninniku' have been planted in the area.
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2007/6/5


曽爾高原 Soni-kougen Soni Highland

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Soni Highland is located in the northeast of Nara Pref. on the border between Nara and Mie prefectures. This highland with an area of 38 ha is known for pampas grass growing in clumps. The silver spikes of pampas grass blowing in the wind look so dynamic and gentle as well. At the sunset, the spikes glowing with the setting sun create a fantastic scene. A lot of hikers visit to see the pampas grass in the late October. There are tourist facilities such as Soni Highland Farm Garden with a restaurant, where you can enjoy dishes of local foodstuff, and “Okame no Yu” hot spring. Here on Soni Highland, you will fully enjoy the resort life.
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2007/3/9


生石高原 Oishi-kougen Oishi Highland

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Oishi Highland is located near the top of Mt. Oishigamine (870 m) in Wakayama Pref. Mt. Oishigamine is a part of the Nagamine mountains and it is counted as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Mountains.
From the mountain top, you can command a panoramic view of Kii mountains and Kii Cannel over the streets in Wakayama City on a fine day. The highland is a popular place for hiking but you can drive to the parking lot just below the summit and enjoy easy walking. In fall, Japanese pampas grass grows in clusters in this gentle meadow. A lot of hikers come to see this pampas grass field covered with swinging golden ears.
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2007/1/26


八面山 Hatimen-san Hachimen Mountain

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Hachimen Mountain, in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, is 659m high, and so named because it looks the same from whichever direction you see it. ('Hachime' means 'eight directions'.)

Hachimen Mountain is a table-top plateau formed by volcanic eruptions from Mount Aso, or in other words, it is a humongous rock formation with steep cliffs. In olden times, it was called Yayama, or Ya Mountain.

The mountain occupies the northeastern corner of Yabahitahiko Quasi-National Park. Hachimen Mountain represents the town of Nakatsu, and relay antennas for local TV stations can be seen on its peak. The Konjiki Hot Springs are located at the foot of the mountain, while Yaba Ravine can be found in the surrounding area. The peak boasts a grand panoramic view of Toyomae and Nakatsu towns, along with the Suo Sea, Yamakuni River, and the rice paddies of the Nakatsu Plains.

Locals say that when returning from faraway lands, they do not feel entirely home until they see Hachimen Mountain. Hachimen Mountain has, and always will be, an inextricable part of the landscape of Nakatsu.
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九酔渓 Kyuusui-kei Kyusui Ravine

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Kyusui Ravine is a beauty spot located near the town of Kokonoe in Kusu County, Oita Prefecture.

The ravine is at the junction of the Kusu and Naruko rivers, which run by the head of Ida Plateau. Kyusui Ravine is a V-shaped valley and rises about 200m on either side. The valley is covered with trees such as fir, hemlock fir and maple.

Kyusui Ravine is famous as one of the most beautiful spots in Kyushu for red leaves, and also for its many waterfalls. Shindo Waterfall, in particular, was designated as one of Japan's 100 major waterfalls.

The wider area of the ravine is known as Naruko Valley and Kyusui is sometimes regarded as part of Naruko. Along with Ida Plateau, the area is included in the Aso Kuju National Park, so there are many tourists. Roads in this area tend to wind about in the so-called '13 bends', so there are usually lines of traffic during the popular visiting season.

In addition, Kyusui Ravine has Tengu Waterfall and cliffs, which make for superb views.
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2007/1/25


弥高山 Yataka-yama Mt Yataka

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Mt Yataka (654m) is one of Okayama's 100 famous mountains. It is located in the central western part of Okayama Prefecture, near Kawakami and the border with Hiroshima Prefecture.

From Iya-Takai (meaning 'extremely high') at the top of the mountain, are 360°-panoramic views of other mountains on the Kibi Plateau as well as islands in the Seto Inland Sea, which can be enjoyed in each season. It is also possible to see as far as Shikoku.

It is fascinating that the various seasonal changes of nature can be enjoyed here at Mt Yataka: azalea stand out in the verdure of spring; hydrangea in summer; red leaves in autumn. At times, a sea of clouds can be observed from the top of the mountain on early mornings from autumn through winter.

Camping sites and bungalows are available for visitors. Mt Yataka is popular with all kinds of people and is good for beginner climbers.
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