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Mizukizawa Tennenrin Native Forest
Mizukizawa Tennenrin is an 82ha virgin forest, stretching along one of the head waters of the Kiso River in the Mizukizawa district.
There are coniferous trees such as Kiso Cypresses (Hinoki) and Sawara Cypresses which are over 200 years old. Also there are broad-leaved trees such as Japanese Beech trees and Evergreen Oaks. A forest having both coniferous and broad-leaved trees is very rare in Japan, making this forest an even more treasured asset. A 550-year-old Sawara cypress tree can be seen in this forest which having a 2.5m diameter trunk is a breath taking sight.
There are 2 trekking routes through the forest, one named, 'Taiko-no-mori' (The Ancient Forest) and the other 'Genshi- no-mori' (The Prehistoric Forest). Each route is about 3km long, and paved with wood chips, which makes for easy trekking. At the edge of the forest is a waterfall, 'Tokonami-no-taki'. The water cascades down its total drop of about 20m like a stair case.
Starting from Mizukizawa Tennenrin forest, there are several trekking routes which connect to the Tokonami-no-taki waterfall, offering visitors a choice of trekking routes to suit.
In June 2008, Mizukizawa Tennenrin was selected to be included on the list of 'The 100 best water features of the Heisei Period''.
Mizukizawa Tennenrin Native ForestMizukizawa Tennenrin Native ForestMizukizawa Tennenrin Native Forest
Yabuhara Kogen (Plateau) Ski Resort
Conveniently located only 35 minutes from the Chuo Expressway's Ina I.C and 45 minutes from the Shiojiri I.C, this ski resort is easily accessible from the highway. The resort provides a wide range of ski courses to accommodate people of all levels. Niko-niko Park is an area designed to accommodate small children, and has a moving walkway. The Family ski slope is suitable for beginner skiers. For very experienced skiers, the KABE course is available with a slope at 34 degrees.
Various events are held daily.
Yabuhara Kogen (Plateau) Ski ResortYabuhara Kogen (Plateau) Ski ResortYabuhara Kogen (Plateau) Ski Resort
Yabuhara Kogen Kodama-no-mori
This leisure facility has a range of interesting facilities and activities such as, a gigantic maze, tennis courts, a multi-purpose field, a mini golf course, funny bicycles, a super long slide, a 100m long set of monkey bars, a little kids play area, a swimming pool, and a fishing area etc. These many facilities offer a great time for young and old. There are camping sites with BBQ facilities and tents. Cottages and cabins are also available.
Yabuhara Kogen Kodama-no-moriYabuhara Kogen Kodama-no-moriYabuhara Kogen Kodama-no-mori
Kiso River
Lake Okukiso(Misogawa Dam)
Lake Okukiso is at the head waters of the Kiso River. Misogawa Dam is the highest altitude rock-fill dam in Japan at 1130m above sea level.
Throughout the four seasons at Lake Okukiso you can visit and enjoy the Okukiso-ohashi bridge, an observation deck, a park and the dam's visitor information center.
This scenic location lives up to the surrounding beautiful pristine environment.
Lake Okukiso(Misogawa Dam)Lake Okukiso(Misogawa Dam)
Nakasendo Torii Touge Pass・Yabuhara-juku
In the old days, the route of the Nakasendo between Yabuhara-juku and Narai-juku, which was approximately 6km in length, passed through the Torii Touge Pass. It was a part of the important Edo Period Nakasendo route, but was a particularly difficult part for travelers of that time. This old mountain route has become popular amongst travelers of this era also as a beautiful trekking route.
Mt. Ontake and Mt. Kisokomagatake can be seen from the peak of the pass, and many stones with haiku poems by poets such as Matsuo Basho, a well known haiku poet of Edo Period, and others can be found along the side of the road as well as stone statues of Buddha.
Since the old days, production of traditional Japanese combs was prolific in Yabuhara-juku, which is known as the home of Oroku-kushi (Oroku combs).
Tools for making combs and the combs are preserved and on display at the Kisomura Museum.
Nakasendo Torii Touge PassYabuhara-jukuOrokugushi
Cherry Blossom
Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry blossom tree) of Tanoue Kannondo Temple (Blooms from late April – early May)
Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry blossom tree) of Tanoue Kannondo TempleThis tree is designated as a natural treasure of Kiso Village. It is on the property of the Tanoue Kannondo, which is on the way to Lake Okukiso. The tree is very healthy, and is the largest such tree in the village. The tree is estimated to be several hundred years old. When the tree is in full bloom, its flowers beautifully blend with the thatched roof of the temple.
Edo-higan-zakura of Jyuo-do Temple (Blooms from late April - early May)
Edo-higan-zakura of Jyuo-do TempleThis cherry blossom tree is also designated as a natural treasure of Kiso Village. It is on the embankment in front of the Jyuo-do, and has large branches that appear to cover both the Jyuo-do and the side road. Some of the branches are rather withered, indicating the trees great age.
In spring, the tree uniquely blooms before any other cherry blossom trees in the village, as it spreads its delicate pink flowers.
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