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Amakazari Kogen “Beautiful Beech Forest and Hidden Hot Spring” Course

Amakazari Kogen “Beautiful Beech Forest and Hidden Hot Spring” Courseの写真
Type:
hiking Mountain Climbing
Time Required:
3 h 35 min.
Distance:
11 km
Enjoy a Japanese beech forest rich in seasonal color and beauty, and a famous hot spring bath flowing from its source.

Course Outline

Giant Japan beech trees as old as 300 years stand quietly in rows in the Amakazari Kogen. The walk takes about 4 hours even at a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery. While relatively short, the course lets you savor the beautiful Japanese beech forest and scenery of Otari.

The round trip of Mt. Onagi climbing can be made in 2.5 hours. The superb view from the summit looks out over two national parks and the Sea of Japan. After descending, take a relaxing walk at Kama-ike Pond among a beautiful forest of Japanese beech. At Bunarin-tei at the entrance to Kama-ike Pond, enjoy a delicious meal featuring the many gifts of the land. After the walk, soak away your fatigue at a hot spring where water flows from the source, such as the free-of-charge outdoor bath just a bit off the road, or the baths at Amakazariso or Yamadaryokan. There is also a trekking course of about an hour's length leading from Kama-ike Pond to Otari Onsen Yamadaryokan.

* Road closed in winter. Passage up to Yamadaryokan is possible.

Highlights

Panorama from the summit of Mt. Onagi
Panorama from the summit of Mt. Onagi

View of the Northern Alps from the summit of Mt. Onagi

Mt. Onagi rises 1,566 m above sea level. Even at a leisurely pace to take in the scenery, the climb from the trailhead at Yutoge Pass takes only about an hour and a half, and culminates with a grand 360° view from the summit. The Hakuba Mountain Range rises in the northwest; in the opposite direction, Mt. Amakazari appears close enough to touch. You'll also have the luxury of gazing out at the two national parks of Chubusangaku and the Myoko-Togakushi renzan. You can even see as far as the Sea of Japan, weather permitting.

Woodland therapy among the Japanese beeches
Woodland therapy among the Japanese beeches

The Japanese beech forest of Kama-ike Pond, resplendent in the beauty of the seasons

Kama-ike Pond is surrounded by beautiful woods of Japanese beech. Step a short way into the woods and you will find a quiet and relaxed space where time itself seems to have stopped. Use your five senses to the full and indulge in “woodland therapy” – that is, the medically demonstrated merits of basking in the woods. Taking a walk here with a therapist is also an enriching experience.
* Inquiries: Otari Village Office, Tourism and Industry Section, http://www.otari-shinrin.com/english.html

Kama-ike Pond, a quiet pond where time seems to have stopped
Kama-ike Pond, a quiet pond where time seems to have stopped

Spend a leisurely time at Kama-ike Pond

Kama-ike Pond is a fantastic viewing spot that is easily accessible by car. A walking path about 2 km in length circles the pond and takes about 40 minutes to complete at a leisurely pace. In both summer and autumn, trees are reflected in the water's surface in watercolor-like hues. In autumn, the refreshing forest of summer changes its atmosphere as if by magic. The trees become steeped in copper, gold, and flaming vermillion.

Course Map

Amakazari Kogen “Beautiful Beech Forest and Hidden Hot Spring” Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Mt. Onagi Parking, Yutoge Pass
90 min.
2 km
2
Summit of Mt. Onagi
60 min.
2 km
3
Mt. Onagi Parking, Yutoge Pass (By Car)
10 min.
1.5 km
4
Kamaike Bunarin-tei
40 min.
2 km
5
Kamaike Bunarin-tei (By Car)
15 min.
3.5 km
6
Open-air Bath
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.