Nikko National Park has a variety of scenic beauty
Encompassing the Oku-Nikko area--famous for Kegon Falls, Lake Chuzenji, and Senjogahara--as well as the Kinugawa River, the Shiobara Ravine, and the plain situated at the foot of Mt. Nasu-dake, Nikko National Park is blessed with a rich variety of scenic beauty and natural settings. The park is also famous for being the site of the Toshogu Shrine and other shrines and temples.
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Rising 2,577.6 meters above sea level on the border between Tochigi and Gunma prefectures, Mt. Shirane is the tallest peak in all areas of Japan from the Kanto region to the northernmost point of the country and is also known as Mt. Nikko-Shirane and Mt. Okushirane. As the main peak of the Nikko Volcano Group, Mt. Shirane is an active double-fold volcano consisting of an outer ring of lava domes--namely, Mt. Zazen, Mt. Maeshirane, and Mt. Shiranekakushi--and Goshikinuma Pond. Evidence of explosion craters that were active at one time can be found in the area around the summit. The summit also commands a panoramic view of the Nikko Mountains, Mt. Kogen, Oze, and the mountains of Joetsu. Climbers can also see as far as Mt. Fuji and the Kita Alps.
Rising 2,484.5 meters above sea level, Mt. Nantai is a magnificent konide-type volcano situated gracefully on the north shore of Lake Chuzenji. On the north side of the summit can be found the remains of a basin-shaped explosion crater as well as dried-up water channels etched into the bare slopes. Mt. Nantai is also known by several other appellations, including Mt. Futara, Mt. Kurokami, Mt. Kunikami and Mt. Nikko-Fuji. This sacred mountain is where Priest Shodo arrived to establish a temple. Its summit is the site of the inner shrine of the Futarasan Jinja Shrine. Mt. Futaraku later came to be known as Mt. Futara, the characters for the name of which can also be read as Mt. Niko. The Nikko area is said to have gotten its name from this alternate reading of this particular name for Mt. Nantai.
To the west of Mt. Nantai extends a flat area positioned approximately 1,400 meters above sea level with a total area of about 400 hectares. This area has become a wetland through the infusion of earth and sand into a group of lakes and marshes that were created as a result of volcanic activity at Mt. Nantai. An important habitat to colonies of alpine plants, visitors can marvel at the sight of flowering fields of snake lilies, cotton grass, Japanese azaleas, Japanese crab trees, Japanese buttercups, Geranium yesoemse Fr.et.Sav.var. nipponicum Nakai, and numerous other species of flora.
Positioned at an elevation of approximately 2,030 meters above sea level in the area of the source of the Kinu River, Kinu Marsh lies about 700 meters above Oze and is the highest wetland in Japan. Comprising over forty large and small ponds, this marsh is filled with Heloniopsis orientalis, Gentiana thunbergii (G. Don) Griseb. f. minor (Maxim.), Eriophorum vaginatum L., Siberian iris, and Geum pentapetalum plants in bloom during the summer months and awash in autumnal foliage come fall.
Mt. Nasu-dake is the collective name given to a number of volcanoes found in the northern part of Tochigi Prefecture. These volcanoes include Mt. Chausu-dake (1,897 meters), the highest peak of this group; Mt. Asahi-dake, recognizable for its sheer rock face; and Mt. Sanbonyari-dake, which is clad in green vegetation. Notable for its broad base, Mt. Chausu-dake continues to spew significant amounts of volcanic vapor and gas to this day.
Includes one of one hundred mountains in Japan: Mt. Nasu-dake（1,917m）, Mt.Sukai（2,144m）, Mt. Oku-Shirane（2,578m）, Mt.Nantai（2,486m）
What is one hundred mountains in Japan?: http://beauty-of-japan.com/article/japan-one-hundred-best-mountains/
- Mountain that belongs to Nasu volcano across Tochigi, Gunma, and Fukushima
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