For those wanting to experience the beauty of Azumino’s nature firsthand without risking the indignity of muddied shoes by taking on one of its mountain trails, visitors would be hard-pushed to do better than to pay Azumino National Park a visit. Spanning a considerable area of the base of Mount Jonen, the park commands a spectacular view of the Azumino valley below and features a remarkable number of attractions that highlight the natural beauty of the area. Nature displays, children’s craft-making, marshmallow dome (outdoor trampolines), Frisbee-golf, stilt-walking, woodland trails, soba making, lots of hiking trails and a hammock-relaxation area are just some of the features of Azumino National Park; and for those fortunate enough to visit during spring, the park’s many cherry-blossom trees provide an idyllic backdrop for hanami parties (Japanese-style cherry blossom picnics).
- By car: 20 min from the Interchange.
By train: 15 min taxi ride (about ¥2000) from JR Toyoshina Station or 24-min bus ride from Hotaka Station
- 33-4 Horigane Karasugawa
- Adult: ¥400
Ages 15 and under: ¥80
- Mar 1 to Jun 30 and Sep 1 to Oct 31: 9:30 a.m.−5 p.m.
Jul 1 to Aug 31: 9:30 a.m.−6 p.m.
Nov 1 to Last Day of Feb: 9:30 a.m.−4 p.m.
- Mondays (but open on National Holiday-Mondays, closed next day instead)
New Year's Day