Yamanouchi Town is located in the center of Joshinetsu Kogen National
Park in the northeastern part of Nagano prefecture, and has three
tourist areas: Shiga Kogen and Kita-Shiga Kogen which are treasure
troves of nature, and Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen, which is a hot spring paradise.
It is a town blessed with wonderful nature each season and is known
nationwide as a tourist area that represents Japan.
Shiga Kogen Yudanaka&Shibu
Shiga Kogen is located at the center of the Yudanaka&Shibu Onsen Resort is a hot
joshin'etsu-kogen National Park,and it is spring area composed of nine onsen
surrounded by mountains rising 2,000 meters towns(Yudanaka Onsen,Shin-Yudanaka
above sea level. Onsen, Shibu Onsen, Andai Onsen,
Spotted by lakes and swamps of varying sizes, Jigokudani Onsen, Honami Onsen,
Shiga Kogen is an excellent place to go trekking Hoshikawa Onsen,Kakuma Onsen, and
in vast nature. It has been designated as one Kambayashi Onsen) along three rivers
of the ten UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Japan. at the foot of Shiga Kogen.
Eighteen ski slopes with a total of over fifty lifts The hot spring is believed to have been
spread on the sides of a mountain ranges. in use for over 1,300 years, and it has
The slopes are interconnected by shuttle buses, been a favorite of many literary figures
so you can freely go from one area to another. such as Kobayashi Issa and Hayashi
Feel the magnificent nature that takes on a Fumiko.
different look each season.
Kita-Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey Park
Kita-Shiga Kogen,surrounded by Mt. Ryuo The Snow Monkey Park, first opened in
and Mt. Kosha, is an area with a serene, 1964, is a place where you can study the
rural landscape. You can take one of the fascinating wildlife of Japanese macaques
world's largest ropeways up to the top of throughout the year.
a mountain 1,770 meters above sea level. These monkeys live in Jigokudani, a valley
A dynamic scenery welcomes you at each run through by Yokoyu-gawa, a river of
time of the day, from the resplendent which source is located in the Shiga Kogen
midday, the shifting hues at sunset to the National Park in northern Nagano prefecture.
star-filled sky at night. In recent decades, these monkeys have
become iconically known globally as
"snow monkeys" that bathe in the hot spring
pools in winter.
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■ UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
"UNESCO Biosphere Reserve" has UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organazaition) and "Man and the Biosphere (MAB) it was in 1976 in the
"Man and the Biosphere Plan" planning project.
It aims to reconcile the conservation of ecosystems with their sustainable use
(human society co-existing with nature) Shiga Highland UNESCO,
Biosphere Reserve, registered in 1980, in 2014 The area of municipalities has been
expanded to all towns.
Yamanouchi Town is a sightseeing spot eminent Japan which about 4.3 milion people
a year visit, and the rapid development around the skiing area was pushed forward
in Shiga Kogen in after 1955, but in "core area" there is not hardly artficial influence,
and profound in buffer zone is dotted with beautiful wetlands and high-rise moors.
Because a profit utilizes these rich nature, based on the idea of the UNESCO Bioshere
Reserve, I plan the promotion of an ecotourism and the enviromental education while
keeping naturel enviroments in good condition.
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