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Enjoy Nature at Akiyoshidai Plateau in Yamaguchi Prefecture – Part 1

Photo: Szabolcs Arany on flickr

Enjoy Nature at Akiyoshidai Plateau in Yamaguchi Prefecture – Part 1

We would like to introduce the Akiyoshidai Plateau in two parts. The first part is about Japan's largest karst plateau, and the second part is about the surrounding sightseeing spots.

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The Akiyoshidai Plateau was actually under the ocean some 300 million years ago. Most part of the plateau is designated as a natural park and also quasi-national park.

The area stretches as far as 17 km from east to west and 8 km from north to south, starting from the mid-west of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Akiyoshidai Plateau is known as a prairie with an abundance of nature. The natural landscape changes with each season.

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The spring, the temperature becomes pleasant and the grass lowers so it's easy to walk around.

Flowers in Spring

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Nodding anemone, valerian and Chloranthus Japonicus are in full bloom in spring.

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Flowers in Summer

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Summer offers a scenery composed of clear blue sky and green prairie. Summer flowers such as balloon flower, fringed pink and tiger lily bloom.

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Firework festival is held in "Akiyoshidai Plateau tourism festival" in July.

Flowers in Autumn

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The colored leaves scenery in autumn is beautiful. Japanese pampas grass shines in the sun.

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Autumn flowers include autumn bellflower, Korean mint and lespedeza tomentosa.

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In October, a walking event is held on the plateau. It is a great way to enjoy the autumn scenery.

Winter Scenery

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In winter, everything is covered in snow as far as the eye can see and almost all plants disappear.

A mountain-burning festival is held in February every year.

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The mountain-burning at night offers a spectacular view.

Address: Akiyoshidaiyama, Shuhocho, Mine
Directions: 43-minute bus ride from JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station and 30-minute walk from Akiyoshido bus stop.
Website (in English): http://english.karusuto.com/html/tourism/

Akiyoshidai Plateau has a lot more to offer... We'll introduce attractions near the plateau in the second part!