Nasu highland spreads at the
farthest north of Tochigi Prefecture.
There is Mount Nasu, which is a group of complex volcano and has
several peaks, around the prefecture's border with Fukushima Prefecture.
The highest peak is Sanbonyari (1,917 meters), and the second highest
peak is Chausu (1,915 meters).
The highland spreads within a 20km area south and southeast of the
Along the southeastern edge of the highland, Tohoku Expressway,
Tohoku Shinkansen,and JR Tohoku Line run. The altitude of them is about
Here is cool, and the average high temperature in midsummer is about 25
So here is a nice resort area, and many small hotels, pensions, lodges,
villas and restaurans are dotted in the broad area.
Additionally Nasu Imperial Villa in this area is well known to
And there are many small theme parks and various unique museums in this
In spring, some kinds of azalea are beautiful.
In summer, there are some spots where we can enjoy the glows on many
In autumn, the colored leaves are wonderful.
Not only general tourists but also mountain hikers to Mount Nasu visit
When you visit here by train, the nearest station is Kuroiso on JR
The next station is Nasu-Shiobara, and Tohoku-Shinkansen stops there.
Many sightseeing spots are dotted in this area.
The popular ones are the followings.
- Nasu Yumoto
hot spring resort /1/ : It is
the main hot spring resort in Nasu area, and is located about 15 km
north-northeast of Kuroiso station. The altitude is about 1,000 meters.
There are many hotels and ryokans along a mountain stream.
At the north end of the resort, there is the old publib bath
"Shikanoyu". The hot water is cloudy and strongly acidic.
It has two bathrooms. One is for mixed bathing, the other is for only
Near Shikanoyu, there is Nasu-onsen shrine.
rock /2/ : It is a place where
many rocks are strewn and poisonous volcanic gas is emitting around
there, and is located to north of Nasu-onsen shrine.
In the 12th century, Emperor Toba had loved a beautiful lady
passionately. But a fortuneteller saw through her identity. She was a
fox with nine tails.
And she was killed after troops pursued her. It is said that she
transformed into the rock and emitted the posonous gas to keep off all
people and animals.
- Nasu Imperial
Villa /3/ : It is located to
the southeast of Nasu Yumoto hot spring resort.
This villa was built in 1926. Emperor family ordinarily stay here every
July or August.
General public cannot enter the site.
- Nasu Ropeway
/4/ : It is a ropeway to
the top of Mount Nasu. The
station at the foot of the mountain is located about 4 km
north-northwest of Nasu Yumoto hot spring resort.
It climbs a difference in height of about 300 meters.
: It is a stock farm located just south of Nasu Yumoto hot spring
resort. In Japanese, it is called "Minamigaoka bokujo".
This farm breeds Guernsey cattle, a few cattle in Japan.
Here is opened to the public as a theme park. We can ride a horse or a
donkey, and, of course, we can enjoy tasting the milk, dairy products
and meats produced in this farm.
Dairy official website
- Nasu Highland
: It is an amusement park located about 5 km southwest of Nasu Yumoto
hot spring resort.
This park is popular for 10 scary rides, and there are total of more
than 40 attractions.
Nasu Highland Park official website
: Website in only Japanese.
: It is a marshland located about 6 km north-northwest of Nasu Highland
Park. It is at the level of 1,230 meters on the southwestern
mountainside of Mount Nasu.
In the marshland, about 230 kinds of plants are known, and here is
covered with many yellow daylilies in June and July.
- Nasu Safari
: It is a zoo-like attraction, and we can observe the wildlife in a
park's bus or a car. It is located about 3.5 km south of Nasu Yumoto
hot spring resort.
In the park, there are about 70 kinds of African animals such as lions,
elephants, giraffes or zebras.
As the exotic animals, we can see "white lions" and "white ostriches".
Nasu Safari Park official website
: Website in only Japanese.
- Lake Rindo
Family Park /9/
: It is a theme park located about 3.5 km east of Nasu Safari Park.
The concept is "little Switzerland", and there are many lovely
attractions around artificial Rindo Lake.
It is a nice spot for the people with children.
Lake Rindo Family Park : Website
in only Japanese.
- Nasu Animal
: It is a park that we can contact with various small animals, and is
located about 4.5 km northeast of Nasu Yumoto hot spring resort.
Especially the half area of the park is for dogs and cats, and "Dog
show" is held.
Nasu Animal Kingdom : Website in
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
- By Shinkansen, about 1 hour and
15-20 minutes from Tokyo to Nasu-Shiobara.
Change to the local train on JR Tohoku Line. About 5 minutes to Kuroiso.
- Get on either route bus from
The bus to Nasu-Ropeway : 35 minutes to Nasu-Yumoto, 60 minutes
The bus to Highland-Park : 23 minutes Lake-Rindo, 35 minutes
Minamigaoka-Dairy, 55 minutes Highland-Park.
- Run Tohoku Expressway, and exit
Nasu Exit. About 170 km from Tokyo.
About a little over 2 hours.
- About 12 km to Nasu Yumoto,
about 19 km to Nasu Ropeway from Nasu Exit.
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