Nature of Nasu: Loved by the Imperial Family

Nature of Nasu: Loved by the Imperial Family

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    Nasu Onsen Shrine

    When a deer wounded in a hunt was chased into the mountain around the 7th century, an old man appeared and told of on an onsen that healed the wounds of the deer. Accordingly, it is said that the beginnings of this onsen shrine started with the building of a hokora (small wayside shrine) as gratitude for the discovery of this onsen.
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    Sessho-seki (Killing Stone)

    A mysterious legendary rock in a desolate scenic spot
    In a scenic location where rocks spread over a bleak, desolate land is the “Sessho-seki”. The name  is derived from the myth that a fox-ghost in the stone was responsible for killing birds and beasts coming into the area (in fact the cause was the toxic volcanic gases). The place has a mysterious atmosphere with the smell of sulphur in the air. Many tourists stop here for its stunning location, situated near the Nasu-Yumoto Onsen, with a walking path to the Nasu Kogen Observatory. The historic location was designated as a place of significant scenic beauty in March, 2014.
    Address 182 Oaza-Yumoto, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0287-76-2619 (Nasu Tourism Association)
    Business Hours Open every day, No schedule for opening times
    Price Free
    DirectionsTake the Toya bus for Nasu Ropeway from the West exit of Nasu-Shiobara station on the JR Tohoku Shinkansen or from the West exit of Kuroiso station on the JR Utsunomiya line to “Nasu Yumoto” bus stop, and walk about 3 minutes.
    By car: approx.30-minute drive from Nasu IC
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    Lunch

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    Chausu-dake / Ropeway

    Mt. Chausu and Ropeway

    An unmissable 360-degree panoramic view!
    Mt. Chausu, located at the north end of Tochigi, is an active volcano and the main peak of the Nasu mountains. It stands 1,915 metres above sea level. Take the ropeway to the 9th station for a spectacular view of fields of flowers and autumn leaves. If you are a big fan of trekking, try the routes from the top ropeway station to the crater of Mt. Chausu. A wide range of walking trails are available suitable for beginners and families. The panoramic view of the Kanto Plain below from the top of Mt. Chausu is beyond your imagination.
    Address Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0287-76-2449 (Nasu Ropeway)
    Website http://www.nasukogen.org/
    DirectionsEn train ou en bus : Prendre le bus Toya pour Nasu Sanroku depuis la gare JR de Kuroiso jusqu'au terminus (60 minutes) puis marcher environ 50 minutes depuis la station ""Ropeway Sancho"".
    En voiture : à 40 minutes de l'échangeur Nasu sur l'autoroute Tohoku (jusqu'à la station ""Ropeway Sancho"")
    By car: 40-minute drive from Nasu IC on the Tohoku Expressway (to “Ropeway Sancho” station)
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    Ryokan (traditional Japanese inn)

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    Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest

    Enjoy a healing journey into the local woodland!
    This 560-hectare forest used to be a part of the Nasu Imperial Villa and is now open to the public as “Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest”. Among the ancient beech woodland lurks wildlife includes foxes, rabbits, bears and dormice (a natural treasure). The park provides well-maintained trails, various nature programmes and guided walks. In winter, visitors can make their way through the forest wearing snowshoes. The tree-covered mystic “Komadome Waterfall” is a must-see.
    Address 3254 Oaza-Takakuhei, Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0287-74-6808 (Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Field Centre)
    Website http://www.nasuheiseinomori.go.jp
    Business Hours 09:00-17:00 (April to November)
    09:30-16:30 (December to March)
    Days Closed for Business April to November: Open every day, December to March: Wednesdays (except Bank holidays, in which case closed the next working day)
    Price Free
    DirectionsBy public transport: Take the Toya bus for Nasu Ropeway from JR Nasu-Shiobara station on the Tohoku Shinkansen or Kuroiso station on the JR Utsunomiya line to “Nasu-Yumoto” bus stop. From there, about 20-minute taxi ride
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    Nasu Imperial Villa

    This is a therapeutic forest spot opened up in part of the site (approx. 560 ha) of Nasu Imperial Villa. You will find a natural beech forest and a magical waterfall called Komadome Falls here. You can experience a friendship forest (free strolls) and a forest of learning (walk together with a forest guide called an interpreter) in the gardens.
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    Lunch

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