|Being the highest mountain of the Chuo (Central) Alps, the mountain is 2,956-meter tall and is included as one of the '100 Famous Japanese Mountains'.|
The 'A' route was conquered by the Reverend Walter Weston who is known to have introduced Kamikochi to the world. The 'A' route is still popular amongst more experienced mountaineers to this day.
|You can see the magnificent scenery from your train window as you pass by. Writers and poets in the old days who visited the Nakasendo often recorded it in their writings and verse handing it down as a national treasure to us today. |
The present visible shape appeared as a result of lowered water levels following the building of a hydroelectric power station. Its exquisite color scheme is created by the contrasting huge white granite rocks and the emerald green of the river.
Urashima-do hall was built at the center of the huge rock. It is said that Urashima Taro enshrined the Sarasvati there. You can make your way to it on foot.
|Akasawa Shizen Kyuyourin Park|
|Akasawa Shizen Kyuyourin Park (Akasawa Birin), having natural forest lands with Kiso Cypress' more than 300 years old, is the birthplace of the idea of 'forest bathing' in Japan. |
It has a special forest atmosphere that positively effects eye sight, hearing and the sense of smell simultaneously. The effect of forest bathing as a method of relaxation has been proven effective from a medical perspective, and is a recognized center for forest therapy.
|Open: ||From late April (Golden Week period) - early November (Closed during winter due to snow)|
|Enquiries: ||Agematsu Tourism Information Center|
|Akasawa Shinrin Tetsudo (Akasawa Forestry Railroads)|
|This railroad formed a central part of the regions forestry industry and is preserved still in its original form today. Visitors can enjoy riding this railroad any day that Akasawa Shizen Kyuyourin Park is open. Please note that this service is not available on maintenance days (12 days maintenance are scheduled in 2010).|
|Ono no Taki (Ono Waterfall)|
|During the Edo Period, many Nakasendo travelers passed this waterfall, and it was sometimes painted in Ukiyo-e paintings. Today, it can be seen from Route 19, and in summer, many visitors stop at the nearby car park to enjoy the cool, refreshing air of the waterfall.|