Plants & Animals

Hakusan National Park

Hakusan National Park has a primeval Japanese beech forest and about 250 species of alpine plants. In summer, you're likely to spot flora such as chocolate lilies, Aleutian mountain heath and Hakusan kozakura.

The park's mountains and forests are inhabited by mammals such as Japanese serows and Asiatic black bears, as well as alpine creatures such as the Japanese stoat, alpine accentor and Azumi shrew.


Hakusan Kozakura

Hakusan kozakura (Primula cuneifolia var. hakusanensis) is a perennial plant that grows on snowmelt areas and damp grasslands. It blooms with vibrant pink flowers from July to August. It grows on Mount Hakusan, which it where it gets its name, and Minami-ryuugabanba.

Hakusan kozakura

Asian Skunk Cabbage

The Asian skunk cabbage (Lysichiton camtschatcensis) is a perennial herb that grows in marshes and moist soil. It grows in colonies in Hakusan National Park, and produces gorgeous white flowers in spring.

Asian skunk cabbage


Japanese Stoat

The Japanese stoat (Mustela erminea nippon) is a type of weasel. It's carnivorous, feeding on rats, birds and even hares. This creature inhabits sub-alpine areas at altitudes over 1,200 meters. You'll find it here on forest paths between Minami-ryuugabanba and the mountain peaks.

Japanese stoat

Japanese Serow

The Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus) is related to the cow and endemic to Japan. Its wide hooves allow it to easily scale steep slopes. You'll find this solitary creature throughout the mountains of Hakusan National Park.

Japanese serow

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