The forests of Towada-Hachimantai National Park primarily consist of deciduous trees, but conifers including Maries' firs grow on the peaks of the Hakkoda Mountains and Mount Hachimantai. On the ridgeline you'll also see a variety of marsh and alpine plant communities, with different flowers blooming depending on the season.

The woodlands are home to mammals such as Japanese serows, Asiatic black bears, Japanese flying squirrels and Japanese martens, which all depend on a rich forest environment for survival. Amphibians such as forest green tree frogs and black salamanders, and insects including the ezoharuzemi cicada (Terpnosia nigricosta) and ruriitotombo damselfly (Enallagma boreale circulatum) thrive here, as do birds such as great spotted woodpeckers, ruddy kingfishers and spotted nutcrackers.


Maries' Fir Forest

The density and spread of this Abies mariesii forest make it one of the most impressive in Japan. It is particularly scenic in winter, when the juhyo (snow-covered trees) known as "snow monsters" appear.



When viewed from the side, the pink flowers of these alpine perennials resemble the faces of horses, giving Dicentra peregrina the nickname "komakusa," or "horse plant." You'll find large clusters on the Akita Komagatake Oyakisuna and Mount Iwate Yakehashiri hiking routes.



Japanese Serow

Japanese serows (Capricornis crispus) are part of the Bovidae family, which includes cloven-hooved animals like water buffalo, sheep, goats, antelope and cattle. These unusual creatures are collectively designated a Special Natural Monument and thrive in the forests of this park.

Japanese serow

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