Masuho Furusato Shizenjuku

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At the foot of Mount Kushigata in Hirabayashi, a region rich in both natural and human history, Masuho Furusato Shizenjuku invites groups and private individuals to stay briefly, and gain awareness and understanding of nature through study and immersive hands-on experiences.

The facility’s 600 hectares of scenic natural beauty are divided into three zones. The Observation Zone falls within the woodland of the historic Himuro Shrine, said to have been established around 1,200 years ago. A giant cedar tree close to the shrine is a designated Natural Monument. The 322-kilometer-long Tone River also passes through these woods. A two-story observation building enables birdwatching—as well as views of Mount Fuji on clear days—and observation of mice and subterranean creatures inside.

Centerpiece of the Study Zone is the Sakura Pond, fronted by a lone cherry tree that gives it its name. This calm expanse of water serves practical purposes too, being used for experiments and research by the Ministry of the Environment as well as Masuho Furusato Shizenjuku’s guests. The Study Zone contains the main Shizen Taiken House, equipped with study rooms, cookery practice kitchens, and more. Also in this zone is a tent site, which sleeps up to 100 campers and features ample, glamping-style cooking facilities. Alternative accommodation is offered by two cottages nearby.

Finally, the Experience Zone allows guests to experience a wide range of agricultural activities, from planting to harvesting.


Venue Address

400-0514 3337-11 Hirabayashi, Fujikawa-cho, Minamikoma-gun

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