Nasu Heisei-no-Mori Field Center
3254 Ōaza Takakuhei, Nasu, Nasu District, Tochigi Prefecture 325-0302, Japan
TEL: +81(0)287-74-6808 (9:00~17:00) FAX: +81(0)287-74-6809

Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest

The Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest was created in 2011. The forest occupies nearly half
of the former Nasu Imperial Villa estate, land previously reserved for the imperial
family’s use. In 2008, Emperor Akihito (reigned 1989–2019) granted the land to the
Ministry of the Environment to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his
ascension to the throne. Its approximately 560 hectares form a protected environment
where people can interact with nature while preserving it for future generations. Nasu
Heisei-no-mori Forest opened to the public in 2011 as part of Nikko National Park.

Prior to the twentieth century, the land now occupied by Heisei-no-mori was used for
logging and horse pasturage. When the area became part of the Nasu Imperial Villa
estate, its use was restricted, and the land began to return to its natural forested state.
Today, this young forest continues to grow and develop, and with proper care it may
someday rival the world’s most pristine ecosystems.

The Field Center is the forest’s main facility and serves as a gateway to the forest’s
two zones: the Forest Recreation Zone and the Forest Learning Zone. The Forest
Recreation Zone, with wheelchair accessibility, fulfills Emperor Akihito’s desire that
everyone have unrestricted access to Nasu’s natural environment. Visitors may
wander its paths freely, and the trails are suitable for all ages and ability levels.

Between 1997 and 2001, the Tochigi Prefectural Museum identified 3,492 species of
wildlife in the Nasu Imperial estate. Of these species, 23 were previously unrecorded,
and 25 were recorded in Japan for the first time. Preserving and studying this
ecological diversity is the goal of the Forest Learning Zone, Heisei-no-mori’s second
area. Ongoing scientific studies are conducted in the Learning Zone, and visitors can
only enter on guided tours led by experienced naturalists known as “nature


[ Four seasons in the forest ]




Before Visiting
Nasu Heisei-no-Mori

Dressing for the Weather

Dressing for the Weather

Nasu Heisei-no-Mori is situated in the mountains at an altitude of around 1000 meters, and the weather is extremely changeable. Sudden, sharp drops in temperature are not uncommon, especially in the mornings and evenings. On windy days, people say that it feels 2 degrees cooler than the actual temperature. Hiking in clothes that are not suitable for experiencing the outdoors can lead to injury or accident. If you are planning a visit, we ask that you prepare by reviewing the following information before leaving home.



Forest Coffee Shop

Coffee lovers will appreciate the Field Center’s outdoor coffee shop, where
local companies offer small-batch, house-roasted beverages on a rotating basis.
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