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Nasu Nature Research Path and Yahata Azalea Course

Nasu Nature Research Path and Yahata Azalea Courseの写真
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
3 h
Distance:
9.2 km
Take delight in the highland wildflowers and panoramic view of Nasu Highland.

Course Outline

On this nature-filled walking course, you can see the beautiful flowers and breathtaking panoramic views from the many observatories and view points found across Nasu Highland. The walking paths on the course are well maintained, allowing you to enjoy your time in the outdoors without any worries.

The Yahata azalea community is spread across 23 hectares and is comprised of as many as 200,000 Kaempheri azalea and Japanese azalea plants that paint the landscape bright red from mid-May to mid-June. This scene was chosen as one of the Ministry of the Environment’s 100 views with a wonderful scent of Japan. Another wonderful highlight of this course is the seasonal landscape of the Nasu Mountain Range and its forests as seen from the Benten Suspention Bridge and Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge from which you can enjoy the bright foliage of spring, colors of autumn, and snowy scenes of winter.

Highlights

A 1,200-meter high suspension bridge with an amazing view
A 1,200-meter high suspension bridge with an amazing view

Benten Suspension Bridge among the fall foliage

Stretching 65 meters in length at an elevation of 1,200 meters, the Benten Suspension Bridge is the highest-elevation suspension bridge over 50 meters long in Tochigi Prefecture. From atop the bridge, you can take in the beauty of Nasu Highland’s seasons with a view of Mt. Chausu in the distance and the trees down below. It is an especially popular location to see the colorful autumn foliage.

An astounding community of azaleas
An astounding community of azaleas

The Yahata azalea community

This enormous azalea community spreads across 23 hectares and is made up of 200,000 individual shrubs. In spring when the new leaves have begun to appear, the entire area is painted bright red by their blooming flowers. The Yahata azalea community has been designated by the Ministry of the Environment as one of the "100 views with a wonderful scent of Japan" and is a must-see spot in the park.

The best of Yahata’s nature
The best of Yahata’s nature

Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge

The Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge is located within the Yahata Nature Research Path adjacent to the azalea community. Even outside of the azalea season, you can see wonderful, panoramic views of the Nasu Mountain Range throughout the year. The bridge is 130 meters long and suspended at a height of 38 meters.

Course Map

Nasu Nature Research Path and Yahata Azalea Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Nasu Kogen Shizen-no-Ie Parking Lot
30 min.
1.6 km
2
Yakakushi-iwa Rock
15 min.
0.8 km
3
Kitayu-iriguchi Bus Stop
20 min.
1 km
4
Omaru Parking Lot
20 min.
1 km
5
Benten Onsen
10 min.
0.4 km
6
Benten Suspension Bridge
10 min.
0.4 km
7
Kitayu Entrance (Kitayu Iriguchi)
45 min.
2.4 km
8
Nasu Kogen Shizen-no-Ie Parking Lot
15 min.
0.8 km
9
Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge
15 min.
0.8 km
10
Nasu Kogen Shizen-no-Ie Parking Lot
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.