Kurohime Kogen

Akira

Feb 3, 2017

Kurohime Kogen (or Plateau) is a place where you can soak in the beautiful outdoors of Japan. With many different kinds of attractions, it’s perfect for anyone from families and friends to couples. There’s the stunning landscape, a hiking course, a huge variety of flowers, a fascinating museum, good food and more!

Talking about scenery, you’ll see the majestic Mount Kurohime and Lake Nojiri before you. I recommend hiking through the forest – it’s really therapeutic for the soul. If you visit during the period of summer to fall, you’ll be mesmerized by a million cosmos blooming together with dahlias and other dazzling blossoms.

If you are here with your kids, head to the Kurohime Fairy Tale Museum. You will be immersed in a fantastical world full of children’s picture books and novels, including Japanese folk tales as well as the works of German writer Michael Ende.

Behind the museum, there’s a house which famous Japanese artist and illustrator Iwasaki Chihiro once used as an atelier. Iwasaki Chihiro is famous for her watercolour illustrations of flowers and children, as well as her peace and happiness-themed works. She’s also the illustrator of the well-known Totto-Chan.

Through visiting the attractions above, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the lives of Japanese people past and present, and learn so much more about the Japanese culture while being serenely surrounded by nature.

Oh! Good news! Kurohime Kogen is not well-known to foreign tourists yet, so you won’t need to squeeze with crowds!

黒姫高原は、日本の美しい自然を楽しめる場所で、特にファミリーやカップルにお勧めです。
風景・ハイキングコース・花・美術館施設・食べ物がすべて素晴らしいですが、外国人にはまだ知られていない穴場的な場所です。

風景は、黒姫山と眼下の野尻湖が美しく、「森林セラピー」に認定されている「癒しの森」ハイキングコースがお勧めです。
花は、夏~秋にかけて約100万本のコスモスが咲き誇ることで有名ですが、ダリアや他の花も見られますよ。

近くには、美術館は、「黒姫童話館」で、ドイツの作家ミヒャエルエンデの作品や日本の民話など、子供向けの絵本や小説の世界に浸れます。
童話館の裏には、平和をテーマにした作品で日本でよく知られているアーティストいわさきちひろさんが、アトリエとして使っていた山荘があり、日本人の暮らしを垣間見れます。

ダイナミックな自然と温かみのある芸術作品に触れて、ぜひリフレッシュしてください。

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