Nature of Nasu: Loved by the Imperial Family - One Night/Two Days

Nature of Nasu: Loved by the Imperial Family - One Night/Two Days

Explore the magnificent nature worthy of a hot spring area. This is a leisurely trip at a royal resort with a villa of the Imperial Household.

  • START Tokyo Station
  • ↓ 1 hr 10 mins by JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    Nasu Shiobara Station
    ↓ 50 mins by bus
    1

    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.
  • 3 mins on foot
    2

    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
  • 15 mins by bus
    3
    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)
  • 15 mins by bus
    4
    Suggested Time
    Stay one night in Nasu

    Nasu Onsen

    A land with a long and rich history and a scent of sulphur
    Nasu Onsen-kyo are scattered all over the foot of Mt. Chausu, the main peak of the Nasu mountains. The origin of the Onsen-kyo is “Shikanoyu” discovered in the 7th century. The name “Shikanoyu” (deer’s bath) is derived from a legend that an injured deer soaked in the Onsen and healed her wound, and has referred to a therapeutic Onsen ever since. Historic visitors include Yoritomo Minamoto, a great samurai of 12th century, and Basho Matsuo, a famous poet of 17th century. Onsen styles vary from modern hotels in the highland to traditional wooden baths where you can see “Yumomi” (stirring very hot water with long wooden boards to cool it down).
    Address Oaza-Yumoto,Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun, Tochigi
    Telephone Number 0287-76-2619 (Nasu Tourism Association)
  • 15 mins by bus
    5

    Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest

    Have a healing journey into the woodland!
    The 560-hectare forest, used to be a part of the Nasu Imperial Villa, is opened to the public as “Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Forest”. In the ancient beech woodland, wildlife includes foxes, rabbits, bears and dormice (the 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 spot.
    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 Every Wednesday except May, August and October (when a national holidayn falls on Wednesday, the following day will be closed.)
    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
  • 35 mins by bus
    6

    Michi-no-Eki Nasu Kogen Yuai no Mori

    A tourist information centre close to attractions in the Nasu highlands
    Michi-no-Eki Nasu Kogen Yuai no Mori is a roadside station at the foot of Nasu Onsen-kyo. The roadside station has a tourist information centre “Kanko Koryu Centre”, a restaurant “Nasutoran” and a craft centre “Kogeikan”, as well as a gallery, a Nagaya-mon gate and a sculpture square on site. Visitors can purchase fresh local vegetables at the shop “Freainosato Chokubaijo” and local products at the Furusato Bussan Centre. The roadside station also offers hands-on classes, demonstrations and sales of local arts and crafts. The information centre is well located at the foot of Mount Nasu and there are many attractions in the neighbourhood including leisure facilities and museums.
    Address 593-8 Takakuotsu Nasu-machi, Nasu-gun
    Telephone Number 0287-78-0233
    Website http://www.yuainomori.com/
    Business Hours Kogeikan:
    9am – 5pm (April to October)
    9am – 4pm (November to March)

    Nasutoran:
    11am – 3pm (last call)
    11am – 2pm (last call on weekdays during December to February)

    Furusato Bussan Centre:
    9am – 5pm (April to October)
    10am – 4pm (November to March)

    Fureainosato Chokubaijo: 9am – 4pm

    Kanko Koryu Centre:
    8am – 6pm (April to October)
    9am – 6pm (November to March)
    Days Closed for Business Kogeikan:
    Closed on Wednesdays during December to March and New Year holidays.

    Nasutoran:
    Closed on Tuesdays during December to early March and New Year holidays.

    Furusato Bussan Centre:
    Closed on Mondays during December to March and New Year holidays.

    Fureainosato Chokubaijo:
    Closed on Thursdays during December to February and New Year holidays.

    Kanko Koryu Centre: Open every day
    Price Free
    DirectionsTake the Toya bus from the west exit of JR Nasu-Shiobara station to Nasu Ropeway and alight at the “Yuai-no-Mori” stop.
    Take the Toya bus from the west exit of Kuroiso station to Nasu Ropeway and alight at the “Yuai-no-Mori” stop.
  • ↓ 30 mins by bus
    ↓ Nasu Shiobara Station
    ↓ 1 hr 10 mins by JR Tohoku Shinkansen
    GOAL Tokyo Station

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