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Kokonoe・Yamanami Course

It is strange. Even though you walk over 10 km, you never feel out of breath, in fact you can walk with light step. While walking along the course, panoramic pasture area and silver grass field in front of eyes heal you. Kokonoe is the city located in mid-western Oita Prefecture, this course has been mostly specified as Aso Kuju National Park. Set at 900mt. above sea level, this walk starts at Kokonoe "Yume" grand suspension bridge which is one of the longest and highest bridges for pedestrians in Japan.
Depending on season, after enjoying beautiful 360 degree panorama, the attraction of Kuju changes dramatically, with the feeling of just had appetizer, it whets your appetite for the upcoming views during the walk. A short while after the start point, you will enter "Uke no kuchi" Hot Springs Town. The place where Nobel prize winning author Yasunari Kawabata spent his time in inn and concentrated on his writing here. Continuing the walk on simple forest path along gorge with water silently flowing, sense literary seems to recover, which was buried in busy city life. Upon leaving forest, now it is the time to enjoy magnificent Handa highland. Along with Yamanami Highway, the famous drive route for lovers, Handa highland located, which couples look through narrow window of their car, has been made so that couples can slowly pass holding their hands along the horse path. Drop in Yamanami Farm on the side of the horse path and have a light meal, while following the direction of the path and passing quiet lake and peaceful forest path, you arrive at the end point around Tadewara Wetland. Here is the place where silver grass field and grassland spreads widely at the background of Kuju Mountain Range, highest mountain in Kyushu. Here you sit firmly and eliminate unnecessary thoughts, enjoy the view. The scenery here, changes with season, during Spring and Summer, brilliant green new leaves, in Autumn bright red leaves, and in Winter, snow dazzle Kuju Mountain Range.

12.2km
4~5 Hours
Intermediate
(Public corporation)Tourism Oita/TEL:0977-26-6250
Kokonoe Town Office Commercial & Tourism・Natural Environmental Department/TEL:0973-76-3150 
Kokonoe Town Tourist Association/TEL:0973-73-5505
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