For around 300 years from the 16th century to the end of Edo period, and again from the Meiji period to present day, the five trees of Kiso have been protected as government held national forests from unauthorized logging. Spreading along Mt. Ontake, Aburagi-birin Natural Forest is a primeval forest consisting of hinoki cypress, sawara cypress, hiba arborvitae, Japanese Thuja, and umbrella pine trees that are over 300 years old. So mysterious and beautiful that it has been designated a Research Forest, the forest conveys a feeling of ancientness even now. Walk through beauty of that forest on promenades that run through it and you will reach Mt. Ontake’s 8th Station. Here, you can have your fill of the wonders of the great outdoors; bath in the forest or bird watch as you enjoy the refreshing scent of the trees.
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