Maniwa, natural friendly attraction of Japan

It is a place that has utilized the natural resources of the area to create “Maniwa,” friendly to both people and the environment.

Maniwa is located near the center of the Chugoku Mountains in the northern part of Okayama Prefecture. It has a range of moutain allow people to enjoy an idyllic view of vast highland regions. There are many sightseeing spots fascinating tourists. Here is the list of 5 top tourist attractions in Maniwa:

  1. Daigo-zakura (Daigo cherry tree)

   1 Daigo-zakura

The Daigo-zakura cherry tree is an enormous tree estimated to be 1000 years old, and its height is 18 meters. It is one of the 100 best trees in Japan.

  1. Kanba no Taki (Waterfall)

2 Kanba no Taki

This waterfall is ranked as one of best 100 waterfalls in Japan. It is magnificent, and is the largest waterfall in western Japan. It is 110 meters high and 20 meters wide. There are approximately 200 wild monkeys living nearby.

  1. Hiruzen Heights

3 Hiruzen Heights

Hiruzen Heights is a vast and beautiful plateau located in the south side of Daisen-Oki National Park. There are many cattle farmers in this area, and the number of their Jersey cattle is amongst the top in Japan. Sweet and rich Jersey milk is utilized to produce dairy food, such as yogurts and cheese.

4.      Shiogama Reisen (cold mineral spring)


Shiogama Reisen

These are cold mineral springs that gush from the valley in the skirt of Naka-Hiruzen (1,122 m), and from the mountain in the middle of Hiruzen Sanza (three mountains) among Chugoku Mountains.

5.      Hokubo Cosmos Field


Hokubo Cosmos Field

Cosmos flowers can be seen at various places in the Hokubo area, including the “Cosmos Place” where approximately 10,000 cosmos flowers are planted, and along the “Cosmos Road”, nearly 5 km long.

Maniwa is blessed with magnificent natural environment as well as fascinating local culture. Coming to the above 5 top tourist attractions, you will make a new discovery, find nostalgic scenery, and add a new dimension to your life.