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Onko Forest That Has Been Designated Natural Monument in Japan Grow Naturally -Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island-

July 4th, 2016

Onko Forest (オンコの森) is a virgin forest located in the central of Yagishiri Island (焼尻島) and has been designated a natural monument in Japan. Onko means Japanese yew in Hokkaido dialect. Except Japanese yew, 50 types of coniferous trees and broadleaf trees that are over 200 years old such as Japanese oak, scarlet-tinged ivy, Amur cork tree, Japanese linden, magnolia, Japanese rowan and Japanese alder grow naturally. Onko Forest has a cycling road and a walk path, and there are graveyard for 2 feudal retainers of Aizu Clan (会津藩士の墓), strange shaped trees (奇木), Hibarigaoka Park (雲雀ヶ丘公園), Uguisudani Valley (うぐいす谷) and Onko-no-Sho (オンコの荘) along the cycling road and the walk path. Admission free.

Entrance of Onko Forest
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Graveyard for 2 Feudal Retainers of Aizu Clan
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Cycling Road
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Crane Shaped Tree"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Turtle Shaped Tree"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Harp Shaped Tree"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Couple Tree"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island

Uguisudani valley is known as a place for enjoying bird watching. I surely heard small birdsong. A brook flows at a ravine, and wild birds will be easy to live. There is a large tree "Uguisudai-no-Ubamatsu (鶯谷の姥松)" near Taiko Bridge (太鼓橋), and Legend has it that Tengu (天狗) lived on the tree. A certain person would cut down the tree and pinned under other tree and die. So nobody would cut down the tree.

Taiko Bridge
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Uguisudani Valley
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Legend of Old Tree
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Uguisudai-no-Ubamatsu
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Suehiro Tree"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Tree That Tengu Sit"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Marguerite Path
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Strange Tree "Cherry Tree for Leaving Home"
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island
Exit of Onko Forest
Onko Forest in Yagishiri Island

Atmosphere of Onko Forest Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Onko Forest

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is not provided
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-1648-2-3993
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 929 381 302*88

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Yagishiri.

Nunome Ryokan(布目旅館)
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Ryokan Isonoya(旅館 磯乃屋)
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Oda Minshuku(小田民宿) Only Tel:+81-1648-2-3637
Guest House Yasundeke(ゲストハウス やすんでけ)

A page of Yagishiri Island is here

Yagishiri Island

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