What to do when visiting Yatsugatake (P58)

When visiting the Yatsugatake, and Southern Alps “These are the activities you should definitely experience”. Walk barefoot over the pastures! Go looking for animal footprints on the snowfields. Lay down in the forest. Look for, and eat edible wild plants. Stay in a mountain hut for a night. Drink freshly milked milk. See the Yatsugatake from Shishi-iwa. Go picking fruits, and eat your belly full. Go find the “Half-dyed slender Caesar”, and eat it sauteed in butter. Let yourself fall flat in the snow, leaving your body shape. Create your own shadow, in the light of the moon. Enjoy self-made buckwheat noodles. Taste freshly pickled vegetables. Take your time to…

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Enjoy! Community (P56-57)

Living in the region, Enjoying the region, Making a living in the region Both, the people who for various reasons were attracted to the charm of the Yatsugatake and Southern Alps region and came to live here, and those who were born and raised locally and decided to stay, all are putting their pride into the area. Regions where people do there best with an attitude of, “We want to make it even better”, will surely into wonderful places. Kai no Koiko Energizing the region with Yosakoi. (dance originating in Kochi Prefecture) Mr. and Mrs. Akaoka, from Takane town in Hokoto city, nurtured the wish to “rejuvenate and energize the…

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Treasure Rich Hokuto city! (P54-55)

Let’s ask Eiko Watanabe, mayor of Hokuto city, “An Abundant, Healthy and Happy Hokuto!” Hokuto city won the first price as most favorite location on the “Wanting to live countryside” ranking 2018 (Small towns ranking). In January 2018, mayor Watanabe launched the slogan, ” A Treasure rich, Healthy and Happy Hokuto”. Expressing the intention to aim for a “Furusato Hokuto” (hometown Hokuto), promoting policies for child support and employment security, and creating easy to live and affluent conditions in this natural environment. From the many “treasures” we will this time focus on three of them: fruit, skating, and Jomon archaeological sites. The ice-rink in the forest offers the highest quality…

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The story of Yatsugatake and Southern Alps alcoholic beverages (P52-53)

The story of Yatsugatake and Southern Alps alcoholic beverages made with polished mountain water. In the Yatsugatake and Southern Alps area, sake, whiskey, wine, beer, shochu and other kinds of alcoholic beverages (gen. sake) are made. The water used to produce delicious sake was first rained down on the peaks of the Yatsugatake and Southern Alps. After reaching the ground the rain water slowly filters down through the innards of the mountains, to eventually resurface again as delicious groundwater or spring water. All together this is a slow process. The groundwater and spring water is essential for the production of sake. It takes at least several decades, even tens of…

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Haramura and Central Yatsugatake highland (P46)

From Haramura you are able to see all the eight peaks of the Yatsugatake. Stars, wind and green highlands, the Central Yatsugatake highland. Away from your daily life, experience the slow life, get a taste of the seasons and spent a fulfilling time. Within the boundaries of the village there are eleven walking courses, so, why don’t you come for a visit and enjoy the nature of Haramura.

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