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.
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.
Atmosphere of Onko Forest Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is not provided|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||929 381 302*88|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Yagishiri.
|Ryokan Isonoya(旅館 磯乃屋)|
|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