The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Japan - "Hinoemata" Village in Fukushima Prefecture

September 18, 2016

 There is one very small village existing in the deeper-side valley surrounded by a number of high mountains in the south-western part of Fukushima, where it is closer to the borders of Gunma and Tochigi prefectures.  


It is called "Hinoemata village, the best-known for very high snowfalls district in Tohoku region, therefore, it is tough life required for the villagers residing on the highland area.  So far the total population of the village is recorded only 607 as of this year, and the density of the population is one of the lowest within Japan, due to those reasons.



1. The Basic Information on "Hinoemata Village" :


- The Total Area:  390.46 km2

- The Population: 607 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  1.55 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There is no train station within the village.

- The Main Roads:  The two National Roads (#352 and #401) available within the village.   

- The Bus:  There is a local bus transportation services available, which is Aizu Transportation company.

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Niigata Domestic Airport in 200minute drive from the village (about 200 km)



2. The Main Industry:


- Agriculture



3. The Recommended Spots for Sightseeing Near "Hinoemata Village" :



3-1  The Observation Deck on Hinoemata Village‘s Overview :


- The Hinoemata village area is well known for the highest snowfalls in Japan, surrounded by a number of mountains.

- The village of Hinoemata is one of the smallest population per square-meter within Japan (only 1.55 person per km2).

- The village was named at Meiji period in 1889 (127 years ago).

- The place is really a sort of the hidden-beauty exsitng in a deep valley in the highlands.


3-2  Mt. Aizu-Komagatake :


- Mt. Aizu-Komagatake is in 2,133m high, which is selected as one of the best 100 mountains in Japan.

- The mountain was named as a part of Oze National Park in 2007.

- The variety of highland flowers can be seen on the top of the mountain area.


3-3   Mt. Hiuchigatake : 


- Mt. Hiuchigatake is one of the represented mountains for Oze National Park, together with another best-known "Mt. Ubutsu" , which belong to Gunma prefecture.

- Mt. Hiuchigatake has 2,356m height, which is the tallest mountains within Tohoku region.

- Mt. Hiuchigatake is also designated as one of the best 100 mountains within Japan.


3-4   Sanjo Waterfalls :


- The Sanjo falls is sized as one of the largest waterfalls in Japan, with 100m-high and 30m-wide. 

- The journey to reach the Sanjo falls is not so easy and convenient as an approaching route, therefore, it is required for good preparation and physical strength and training.


3-5   Oku-tadami Lake :


- The Oku-tadami Lake is a human-made lake by the construction of the Ou-tadami Dam.

- The Oku-tadami Lake is ranked as the 3rd largest lake within Japan, which shows the dynamics of the lake and the natural beauty.




< The Hinoemata village scene with snowfalls in the cold winter season >




< The Aizu-Komatadake in the summer time >




< The Colourful Mt. Hiuchigatake and Marshes in Autumn Season >




< The Manjo Watefalls in the refreshing Forests >



< The Full Colour Changing Images on Oku-tadami Lake and surrounding highlands in Autumn >



< How to get Hinoemata village in Fukushima? >





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