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Soni Highland

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Hiking trails through a plateau of pampas grass

Nara Prefecture

 

 

The expanse of swaying shimmering pampas grass at Soni Highland in Soni Village, Nara Prefecture, is a rare beauty of Japan.

 

Once a common sight, Japanese pampas grass was traditionally used to thatch homes and buildings. Today, their fields have been replaced with forestry, making Soni Highland’s vast 38-hectare grassland an unusual spectacle. Stretched out at the foot of Mt. Kuruso, the field changes color with the season, from verdant green in late spring and summer to a sea of silvery white from autumn to winter.

 

October and November are the best months to visit. With hiking trails through the plateau, visitors can watch pampas grass fronds gleam silver in the daylight and slowly turn golden as the sun sets.

 

In mid-March, the field is set alight to clear the way for new growth, and from May to September, a lush green carpet of fresh grass unfolds across the plain.

 

Take a guided tour of Soni Highland to hear more about the formation of Soni Highland and the region’s folklore tales, and learn how local conservation activities have kept the grassland thriving for generations.

 

How to get there

 

Take a Mie Kotsu Bus from Kintetsu Railway's Nabari Station. In October to November, direct bus services to Soni Highland are available. In other months, get off at Taroji bus stop and walk approximately 45 minutes.

 

 

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