This hot spring town is located at an altitude of 1,200 m, at the foot of Mt. Kusatsu-Shiranesan, where volcanic gas met the groundwater flowing from the mountain to create the source of the hot spring.
Yubatake, a hot spring area where mineral deposits are harvested, is located in the center of this town, where a 4,000-liter hot spring springs out every minute, and the steam of the hot springs are always rising up.
There is a park around the Yubatake, where you can enjoy a walk after a bath, passing a tiled walkway, a stone fence, and the “Shiranesan bench,” which is shaped like Mt. Kusatsu-Shiranesan.
Mt. Shirane, with an altitude of about 1,200 m, has Yugama, a crater lake near the top of the mountain. It is a white rugged mountain, with almost no vegetation. The lake is 300m in diameter, with a depth of 30m. It has a white rock surface, like the face of the moon, and has Emerald green water.
Along the promenade that circulates around the lake, Dicentra grows in colonies. It is the Queen of the Alpine plants, and has beautiful, highbrow flowers that bloom from June to July. Mysteries sympathize.
(＊Entering the mountain is prohibited now, due to the volcanic activity)
The summit of Mt. Harunafuji, with an altitude of 1,391m, can be climbed by a 2-car, fifteen seat connectable ropeway. It takes just 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Mt. Fuji can be seen from the observation deck, when it is clear.Going up the stairs from the summit station of the ropeway, is Harunafujisanjinjya Shrine.
The Harunako Lake can be seen below, where the lakeside is a paradise of flowers from spring to autumn, with azaleas, daily lily, irises, gypsy rose, gentian, and balloon-flower.
Mt. Iwaki, a double volcano with an altitude of 1,625 m, is also called “Tsugaru Fuji” because it looks like Mt. Fuji. It has a conical shape that looks like it has sprung up in the Tsugaru Plain, and its ridge line is beautiful.
There are many hot springs at the foot of the mountain, and Iwakiyamajinjya Shrine is at the south foot of the mountain, and Takaterujinjya Shrine is to the east. Mt. Iwaki has been worshiped as a holy mountain.
On August 1 of the lunar calendar, the Mountain pilgrimage festival called “Oyama-Sankei” is held. The pilgrims climb to the rear shrine at the summit and pray for Gokokuhojyo, a bumper crop, the safety of the family, and they worship the rising sun.
This mountain is famous as “Flowers Mountain”. Hayachineusuyukiso is a species of plant that is related to, and resembles, Edelweiss. There are also several endemic species, such as Nanbunotoranoo, a species of common bistort, and about 200 alpine plant species are in full bloom in the rocky ridge above the forest line, 1,300m above sea level.
It is the oldest Mesozoic Era area in Japan and is a relict mountain that survived erosion during the Ice Age. It is the highest mountain in the Kitakami Mountains, and the view is exceptional.
Takamura Chieko (1886 – 1938), was a Japanese artist of painting and colorful cut paper. She was the wife of Takamura Kotaro (1883 – 1956) a Japanese poet and sculptor. Kotaro wrote “Chiekosho” – Chieko’s Sky, a book of poems by Kotaro. The true sky of Chieko that was described in Kotaro’s “Chieko-sho” is the view of Mt. Adatarayama, seen from the Chiekonomori Park.
This mountain belongs to the Nasu Volcanic Zone in Bandai Asahi National Park. It is also called ” Mt. Nyutosan” with an altitude of about 1,700m. It is one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. There are many Alpine plants, as such the natural monument, rhododendron (a rosebay), which blooms in the early summer. The beautiful mountain stream makes mountain climbers very happy.
This lake is the crater lake of the Kuttara Volcano in the eastern part of Noboribetsu Onsen, hot spring, with an 8km circumference and 147m water depth. It is a mysterious lake, inhabited by Ezo salamanders, not appeared normally. There are no rivers that feed into nor out of the lake and it boasts one of the most transparent waters in Japan.
This lake is surrounded by various plants and virgin forest, where you can experience the mystery of the scenery that has existed since ancient times. It is also fun to see 20m down into the lake. It is a source of innocence!