This geopark is home to 12 trails, along which visitors can feel the charm of the volcano, the forest, the lake and the sea. It’s an opportunity to feel close to the energy of nature and the earth.
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A walking route that goes round the Usu Zenkoji Nature Park. In this route you can walk among scenery dotted with complex undulating terrain, and the gigantic volcanic rock with cracks caused by the sector collapse of Mt. Usu approximately 10,000 years ago. Also, this is a route of great importance as it explains the effects of the Bunsei pyroclastic flow of 1822. Although the vegetation on the slope facing Mt. Usu was completely burnt by the pyroclastic flow, the other side is dotted with old trees with newly grown branches near the roots, which are somehow managing to survive. The famous “ishiwari-zakura,” designated as Hokkaido's commemorative protected tree, is a famous place for watching cherry blossoms and for enjoying nature.
Cape Poronotto is sticking out into Usu Bay; it is similar to the Zenkoji Nature Park in that its hummocky topography being buried at the time of Mt. Usu's sector collapse, has been left almost intact. Debris avalanches are characterized by complex undulating terrains and gigantic volcanic rocks with cracks. As well as offering a circular walking route, it also offers an observation platform at the top from where you can see Komagatake, and the geographical features of the surrounding areas.
A walking route, approximately 6km long, that goes from the car park at Otaki Athletic Park, and through the forests along the Osaru River. From this route you can enjoy the view of Mt. Tokushunbetsu, and the falls commonly known as the “Otaki Niagara Falls,” measuring 30m in width and featuring a 3m drop.
A mountain trail that was considered as one of the 3 roughest spots in Ezochi (present day Hokkaido), with Rebunge-toge at its center, on the border between Robunge in Toyoura Town and Shizukari in Oshamanbe Town. Excavations took place from 1799 onwards; however, the work was interrupted repeatedly, and proper maintenance was only carried out from 1894 onwards. Famous explorers have passed through here in the past: Takeshiro Matsuura in 1845, and Isabella Bird in 1878.
When your on the promenade routes orhiking trails
- Prepare your own water and hats, and make sure you traverse the trails in suitable clothing.
- Some courses are closed during the winter.
- Do not collect any of the plants or animals. Do not take any minerals. (Some areas are protected by law.)
- Do not stray from wooden walkways or paths.
- Do not litter; take your trash home with you.
- Do not surprise or give food to any wild animals you come across.
- Do not set up camps or start fires outside of the designated areas.
- Only smoke in designated areas.
- Safety is your responsibility. Please make sure you take care to enjoy walking on the trail.