Nature

The breathtaking scenery that can be viewed as far as the eye can see will refresh and renew your spirit and give you renewed energy. Feel mother nature’s breath as you take your first steps into this wonderful natural world.

Experience the Sea of Japan’s Waters and Skies

Wrapped in Mountain Greenery

Streams and Springs Trip

Experience the Sea of Japan’s Waters and Skies

Because the Kirakira Uetsu Tourism Area faces the Sea of Japan, there are tons of activities that let you enjoy the beautiful blue waters and skies of the area. There are many areas, including the beautiful Awashima and Tobishima islands, where you can experience sea activities that can’t be found in any other place.

Wrapped in Mountain Greenery

From the spiritual Dewa Sanzan Mountains, to the highest peak in Yamagata, Mt. Chokai, the Kira Kira Uetsu Tourist Area has many breathtaking mountains that can purify both your body and spirit. Feel nature’s energy course through your body as you walk the paths famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho once travelled.

Streams and Springs Trip

In 2008 the National Environment Agency created a “Heisei Period Top 100 Waters” list, picking the top 100 springs, rivers, and underground water sources in the country. Many streams and springs on the list are located in this region. The rain and snowfall on Mt. Chokai, Dewa Sanzan, and Asahi Mountain ranges all eventually returns to the rivers and ocean in the area, creating naturally clean waters that relax you just by looking at them.

Mt. Chokai and Tobishima Island Geopark

The Mt. Chokai and Tobishima Island Geopark is recognized as an area that advances the protection and use of Japan’s geological heritage. As of April 2018, there are 34 areas recognized as geoparks in Japan.

*Geoparks are natural parks that include several geological heritages, such as strata, rocks, volcanoes, and other geological features. It is a place to look at mountains and rivers and consider how everything came to be, ecosystems, and people’s way of living. A geopark is a place to think about the earth in its entirety.
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