Myoko-Togakushi renzan National Park
Living in the arms of Mother Earth
The area is characterized by a landscape of reservoirs, highlands scattered across the base of mountains, and lakes as typified by Lake Nojiri. Though only covering a small area, the park is densely packed with distinct mountains; diverse structures of a volcanic origin, caldera, non-volcanic independent summits and a non-volcanic mountain range. This is a place of proactive mountain worship.
Visiting Japan's National Parks
Myoko-Togakushi renzan National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and a permit is not required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.
Mt. Iizuna is recommended for beginner mountaineers and experts can enjoy the steep Togakushi Mountain Range. The highland at the base of mountains attracts numerous visitors who are drawn to explore the abundant nature in the summer and skiing and natural hot springs in the winter.
- Naena Falls—one of Japan's best waterfalls
- A trip to beautiful Kagami-ike Pond
- Crimson foliage of Mt. Amakazari, visible from mid to end of October
This park area is a heavy snowfall area, in which the harsh yet magnificent workings of nature, coupled with the unique culture and mountain worship, create the unique scenery only found in this part of the world.
ACTIVE VOLCANOS MT. MYOKO AND MT. YAKEYAMA
Mt. Myoko is a double volcano (marked as a composite volcano) and exhibits a unique and majestic appearance. From time to time, Mt. Yakeyama spews fumes even now.
The foot of Mt. Myoko has seven natural hot springs with five different types of spring quality and three different colors, making it a hot-spring village that is rich in variety; such a kind is rare in Japan. Otari Onsen has been a famous natural hot spring for over 450 years.
SASAGAMINE AND YUMEMIDAIRA PLATEAU
Besides the rich natural forests, Sasagamine also gives a glimpse of the history of human activity, such as farms and dams. It offers well-developed nature trails and visitors can enjoy camping and trekking.
The area is home to a variety of legends; from the myth of the ogress of Togakushi, to the ninja of Shugendo, this is a site to retrace the footsteps of culture.