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.
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.
Akiyoshidai Plateau is known as a prairie with an abundance of nature. The natural landscape changes with each season.
The spring, the temperature becomes pleasant and the grass lowers so it's easy to walk around.
Flowers in Spring
Nodding anemone, valerian and Chloranthus Japonicus are in full bloom in spring.
Flowers in Summer
Summer offers a scenery composed of clear blue sky and green prairie. Summer flowers such as balloon flower, fringed pink and tiger lily bloom.
Firework festival is held in "Akiyoshidai Plateau tourism festival" in July.
Flowers in Autumn
The colored leaves scenery in autumn is beautiful. Japanese pampas grass shines in the sun.
Autumn flowers include autumn bellflower, Korean mint and lespedeza tomentosa.
In October, a walking event is held on the plateau. It is a great way to enjoy the autumn scenery.
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.
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!