Bandai-Asahi National Park, Japan

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Bandai-Asahi National Park is a national park in the Tohoku region, Honshū, Japan. The park site straddles over Fukushima Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Niigata Prefecture. The park was designated as a national park on September 5, 1950. The park encompasses 186,404 ha of land (the third largest national park in Japan), consisting of three independent units: the Dewasanzan-asahi Region, Iide Region, and Bandaiazuma-Inawashiro Region.
The Dewasanzan-Asahi Region is the most northern unit of the park. The northern portion of the Region consists of mountains called the. The southern section of the region resides on the Asahi Range. National Route 112 separates these two mountain areas.
DewasanzanThe Three Mountains of Dewa refer to Mount Gassan, Mount Haguro, and Mount Yudono, which resides roughly at the center of Yamagata Prefecture. The name “Dewa” refers to the name of the old province, current Yamagata and Akita Prefecture. The mountain range is a natural divider between the two major flat areas present in the prefecture: the Shonai Region to the west and the Yamagata Basin to the east. The mountains have been deemed as a holy area to the religion of Shugendō and attracted many visitors for pilgrimage to the shrines located on their peaks and Japanese mountain ascetic hermits who practice the strict doctrine. Although the location attracts a considerable number of visitors, most of them are tourists who do not practice the Shugendō teachings. Mount Gassan is a stratovolcano and rises to the height of 1984 m. The area contains marshes and subalpine forests with many plants that grown in alpine meadows, including usagi-giku (arnica unalascensis), and rare animals such as ermine and alpine accentor. The renowned haiku poet Matsuo Bashō made a haiku at this site during his journey Oku no Hosomichi in 1689:
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  • It seems a bit worn down but beautiful to see and good gaits around the place. He loved that. Remember to take good shoes for walking.  more »
  • It is a national park that spans three prefectures: Yamagata Ren, Niigata Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture, and consists of three regions: The Dewa Sanzan, Asahi, Iitoyo, Bandai Azuma and Inawashiro regions. I visited the three-sided dam area of The Dewa Sanzan and Asahi area. At the bottom of the dam lake of the Oku-three-sided Dam, there are precious archaeological sites from the Jomon period, where many of the three-sided settlements and excavated items, once called the three-sided, were made important cultural assets. It was a three-sided settlement that was considered a secret land, but i was convinced that i was looking at the scenery around the dam. On the downstream side of the dam, there was a three-sided valley of the V-shaped valley, and this was quite powerful. During my stay, no one else stopped by and i was able to stay quiet. This time, I visited only a few places, but i wanted to visit the Dewa Sanzan area next.
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  • Bandai-Asahi National Park (磐梯朝日国立公園Bandai Asahi Kokuritsu Kōen) is a national park in the Tōhoku region, Honshū, Japan. The park site straddles over Fukushima Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and Niigata Prefecture. The park was designated as a national park on September 5, 1950. The park encompasses 186,404 ha of land (the third largest national park in Japan), consisting of three independent units: the Dewasanzan-asahi Region, Iide Region, and Bandaiazuma-Inawashiro Region.
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