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  • Clean stream near Tengubashi-bridge
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  • Giant Manchurian Ash
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  • Forest Therapy Base
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  • Nukumidaira and snow-covering Iide Mountains
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Nukumidaira Recreation Forest

54.68ha

Elevation Average : 420―500m / Highest : 2,038m (Mount Iwate's Summit)

Forest Therapy Base ― The White Forest of Oguni ― Nukumidaira beech forest

Forest Therapy Base ― The White Forest of Oguni ― Nukumidaira beech forest

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Area
Tohoku
Activities
Flower-viewing Autumn leaf viewing Waterfall viewing (in the vicinity) Birdwatching Picnics (lawn area/park) Areas for paddling/fishing (pond/lake/river) Guided tours (charges apply in some cases)(No foreign languages spoken) Hot Spring(Outside the forest) Forest therapy (therapy center) (No foreign languages spoken)
Overview
Geographical/topographical features
Located at the foot of the Iide Mountains in Bandai-Asahi National Park, at an altitude of 450 m
Historical/cultural features
The Japanese term “shinrin-yoku” (forest bathing) is now beginning to be used overseas. Just as bathing in a hot spring helps to soak your cares away, going for a walk in the woods is said to have a soothing effect. Tests by a variety of experts have shown Nukumidaira to perform exceedingly well as a soothing forest. As a result, it was certified as Japan's first Forest Therapy Base in 2006.
Forest therapy®: This is a private initiative run by the Forest Therapy Society, a specified nonprofit corporation. For further details, please visit the society's website.
http://www.fo-society.Jp/index.html
Climate, flora and fauna
Located in the Sea of Japan climatic zone, this is one of Japan's foremost heavy snowfall areas and is blessed with abundant water resources. Its rich ecosystem includes a virgin forest principally made up of buna, Japanese beech (Fagus crenata Blume) and mizunara, one species of Japanese oak (Quercus crispula Blume), along with rare fauna such as tsukinowaguma, Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus), inuwashi, Japanese golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos japonica), and kumataka, mountain hawk-eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis). The white trunks of the beech trees and the snow that blankets the area in winter has led Nukumidaira to be nicknamed the “White Forest.”
Attractions
Nukumidaira means “warm plain.” As the name suggests, the terrain in this Recreation Forest is quite flat, making it an ideal place for a walk. Even complete novices can enjoy forest trekking here, easily covering the 5.5 km of paths in the beech forest in around two hours, while getting a close-up view of the magnificent Iide Mountains and savoring the effects of forest therapy as it soothes both body and mind.
Main Attractions
  • ・Therapy Guide Corner: Graphs are provided to show the soothing effect of this forest.
  • ・Giant Manchurian ash: With a height of 34 m and an estimated age of 200 years, this is one of Japan’s largest specimens of a Manchurian ash. In FY2000, the Forestry Agency selected it for inclusion in the 100 Giants of the Forest list, as the area’s most outstanding giant tree.
  • ・ View of the Iide Mountains: From here, visitors can enjoy a close-up view of the Iide Mountains, one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.
  • ・ Nukumi-no-ike Pond: This spring-fed pond is a breeding ground for the moriaogaeru, forest green tree frog (Rhacophorus arboreus).
  • ・ Kannondaira Mizunara: This is a very old specimen of Japanese oak mizu-nara, which has survived amid this harsh environment for more than 300 years.
  • ・ Kamoshika-sawa Stream: As the name suggests, Japanese serows (Capricornis crispus), called kamoshika, walk along the stream.
Latest Information
Usage Guide
Entrance fee
None
Opening times
Mid-June – Early November (approximately)
Walking path: 5.5-km round trip, approx. 2 hours on foot
Accommodation options
There are several accommodation facilities nearby
Facility
Toilets and drinking fountains (Toilets) Walking trail Car park Vending machine (Japanese inn in the vicinity) Shop (Japanese inn in the vicinity) Restaurant (Japanese inn in the vicinity) Campsite and/or cabins (charge applies) Accommodation facilities (Hotels / Japanese inns)
Map
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Address
Kotamagawa, Oguni-machi, Nishiokitama-gun, Yamagata Prefecture
Access
(Distances and times are provided as a guide only)
By public transport
<Access from nearest railway station / bus stop>
[July 1 – August 31 only]
  • ・JR Oguni Station (60 minutes by municipal bus) → Iide-sanso → 20 minutes on foot
[Other times]
  • ・JR Oguni Station (40 minutes by municipal bus) → Iide-kairagiso
    90 minutes on foot from the Iide-kairagiso bus stop
<Access from major transport hubs to nearest railway station / bus stop>
  • ・Oguni Station is 90 minutes from Yonezawa Station on the JR Yonesaka Line
By car
<Access>
  • ・JR Oguni Station → Route 113 toward Niigata → Chojahara–Tamagawa Pref. Route → Nukumidaira–Chojahara Municipal Road to the end (28 km / 40 minutes)
<Car parking capacity / parking charges>

Space for approximately 100 vehicles Free of charge

Nearby tourism facilities
  • ・In Bandai-Asahi National Park
Management office contact details
Okitama District Forest Office
TEL:0238-62-2246
FAX:0238-62-3553
https://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/tohoku/syo/okitama/
Official Tourist Information
Oguni Town Forest Therapy Promotion Council [External link]
Recreation Forest Management Committee
Committee name and contact details:
Shiroi Mori Oguni Forest Environment Improvement Committee
Within the Industry Promotion Division, Oguni Municipal Office
TEL:0238-62-2416
FAX: 0238-62-5464
Supporters
Other

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