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Kuriyama Parkmap a-4

Families enjoying cherry blossoms
Kuriyama Park camping ground

Mount Odaishi, covered with scenic natural forest, is enticingly cool in summer and has spectacular coloured leaves in autumn. Beneath the mountain spread the 24 hectares of Kuriyama Park. It offers a variety of attractions including a steam locomotive display, a children’s zoo (admission free), a camping ground, a barbecue area, walking trails, a baseball field and tennis courts.
Situated right by Highway 234, with eating places and convenience stores close at hand, Kuriyama Park is a popular place for families to spend leisure time. It is especially crowded with sightseers in early May when the avenues of around three hundred cherry trees come into blossom.

LocationSakura Oka 2 Chome, Kuriyama
Season29 April ~ 3 November
FacilitiesCar park (143 spaces), toilets (wheelchair compatible)
EnquiriesKuriyama Park Nature Centre / Tel:0123-72-0706
AccessAbout 5 minutes by car from JR Kuriyama Station, (about 15 minutes walk)

Nakayoshi Children's Zoomap a-4

A small zoo very popular with children. Loveable animals of around twenty different kinds, including ponies, deer, monkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs await your visit.

Opening hours29 April ~ 31 August 10:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
1 September ~ 3 November 10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.

Nakayoshi Children's Zoo


The Omurasaki Butterfly

Omurasaki butterfly

The Japan Insect Society has declared the omurasaki butterfly a nationally important species. In 1985 specimens were confirmed on Mount Odaishi, which makes Kuriyama the north-eastern limit of its habitat in Japan.
As more than 95% of the omurasaki butterflies in the Takishita district of Kuriyama were found to be distinctive, they were declared the country’s only sub-species in 1996 and given the scientific name ‘Kuriyamaensis’. Yellow crescent-shaped markings on the wings are their distinguishing feature.
In 1989 the whole of Mount Odaishi was designated by the Ministry of the Environment as a special wildlife habitat area. Environmental surveys were carried out and ezo enoki trees were planted. They are a variety of elm which provides food for the larvae of the omurasaki butterfly. Such activities are part of continuing efforts to create an environment where people can live in harmony with nature.

The Fabre Forest Observation and Nursery Centremap a-4

Part of Mount Odaishi has been set aside as ‘Fabre Forest’, an area which is a favoured habitat for a wide variety of insect and bird life.
There are several walking trails where visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.
At the Observation and Nursery Centre there are displays depicting the life of the omurasaki butterfly. Visitors can also observe butterflies being artificially hatched and raised.

Location169-2 Chome, Sakura Oka, Kuriyama
Season29 April ~ 31 October (closed on Tuesdays and on the days after public holidays)
Opening hours10:00 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
FacilitiesCar park (30 spaces), toilets
EnquiriesTel 0123-72-7749
AccessAbout 5 minutes by car from JR Kuriyama Station, (about 15 minutes walk)
* The best time to see the hatching of the omurasaki butterfly is from early to mid July.

Fabre Forest Observation and Nursery Centre
Interior display area