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Buffer Zones: Used for Tourism and Environmental Education while Protecting and Managing Nature

Majestic, massive mountain ranges, primeval forests burying gigantic massifs, sheer valleys, and alpine plants that flower on the slopes above the tree line. The size and scale and the remaining untouched nature are a major attraction of the Minami Alps. The approaches are long and difficult, but it is one of the top mountaineering spots in Japan.
In summer, mountain lodges are open and provide rest for weary hikers.

View from Mt. Maedake to Mt. Akaishidake

Views from trails

Views from trails

Views from trails

Educational activities (Tom Sawyer Camp)

Educational activities (Tom Sawyer Camp)

Educational activities (Tom Sawyer Camp)

Chausu Hut

Eating a meal in a mountain hut

Sunrise from the Senmai Hut

Initiatives for Protection and Management

To ensure that the rare alpine vegetation is not all eaten by deer, volunteers fence off the vegetation with nets, and work to restore mountains that have eroded from over-grazing. These activities are also done by high school students as part of their environmental education.

deer

A herd of deer photographed in the Minami Alps

Erecting nets to protect alpine plants

Laying palm mats to prevent landslips

High school students working to protect alpine plants

High school students working to protect alpine plants