Kathy is an English teacher currently living in Yabu, She hopes that everyone enjoys the elegance and nature of this town, and recommends that you visit during all four seasons. Her summer plan includes hiking up Mt. Hyonosen and having a picnic while enjoying the view. Going to Ayu Park to capture some fish for a nice barbecue and lastly viewing the beautiful starry sky with a guided tour. She also recommends going canyoning for some adventurous fun while visiting the area!
Mt. Hyonosen is the tallest mountain in Hyogo Prefecture. With a height of 1510 meters, it is viewed to be a top-class treasure of the Kansai Area. Along with Mt. Hachibuse, it is declared as a Hyōnosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park. The area is surrounded by bountiful nature and is one of the few places where subarctic marine plants live in Western Japan. During the green season, the area is perfect for sightseeing and enjoying the unique plants while mountain climbing, hiking, exploring the canyons, or camping. Photographers most frequently come at the start of May before rice planting begins to take photos of the backward reflection of Mt. Hyonosen in the rice terraces (Bekku no Tanada) that are filled with water.
Ayu Park is known for having a man-made river where visitors can come to catch their own fish by hand or by fishing. A barbecue facility is also available, making it the perfect location to hangout with friends or family.
Ranked as one of the top sites in Japan to go stargazing, this campsite holds stargazing sessions every Saturday between the end of April through November. Come view the dazzling stars in the sky you won't want to miss it!
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