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Nasu highland

Nasu highlandNasu and Shiobara area mapNasu 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 peaks.

Along the southeastern edge of the highland, Tohoku Expressway, Tohoku Shinkansen,and JR Tohoku Line run. The altitude of them is about 300 meters.

Here is cool, and the average high temperature in midsummer is about 25 degrees C.
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 Japanese people.

And there are many small theme parks and various unique museums in this area.

In spring, some kinds of azalea are beautiful.
In summer, there are some spots where we can enjoy the glows on many fireflies.
In autumn, the colored leaves are wonderful.
Not only general tourists but also mountain hikers to Mount Nasu visit here.

When you visit here by train, the nearest station is Kuroiso on JR Tohoku Line.
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 women.
    Near Shikanoyu, there is Nasu-onsen shrine.
  • Sesshouseki 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.
  • Minamigaoka Dairy /5/ : 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.
  • Nasu Highland Park /6/ : 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.
  • Numappara marsh /7/ : 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 Park /8/ : 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 Kingdom /10/ : 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
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How to get to here

By railroad

  1. 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.
  2. Get on either route bus from Kuroiso station.
    The bus to Nasu-Ropeway : 35 minutes to Nasu-Yumoto, 60 minutes Nasu-Ropeway.
    The bus to Highland-Park : 23 minutes Lake-Rindo, 35 minutes Minamigaoka-Dairy, 55 minutes Highland-Park.

By car

  1. Run Tohoku Expressway, and exit Nasu Exit. About 170 km from Tokyo. About a little over 2 hours.
  2. About 12 km to Nasu Yumoto, about 19 km to Nasu Ropeway from Nasu Exit.

Mountains of Nasu
Chausu peak of Mount Nasu
HoNasu Yumoto hot spring resort from a hill
Shikanoyu public bath
Nasu-onsen shrine
Corroded coins around Sesshouseki
Stone statues of deity around Sesshouseki
Nasu Ropeway
Photo by Fuukei-shasin-kabegami
Minamigaoka Dairy
Photo by Nihonrettou-Okunijiman
Numappara marsh
Photo by Nihonrettou-Okunijiman
Daylilies in Numappara marsh
Photo by Nihonrettou-Okunijiman
Nasi Safari Park

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