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Nature of Kisuge-daira

Nature of Kisuge-dairaNature of
Kisuge-daira

Welcome to Kisuge-daira

Kisuge-daira is a highland located at altitudes between 1,300 m to 1,600 m on the hillside of Mount Akanagi. Many different flowers bloom beginning from the katakuri lily in May. The community of broad dwarf day lily (nikko kisuge) flowers bloom from mid-June to July and is worth seeing.

Broad dwarf day lily is a perennial that grows in clusters on mountains and alpine meadows. Each blooms three to four rich yellow flowers about 10 cm, blossoming from down to upwards.

You might have seen broad dwarf day lilies from a chairlift, but all the chairlifts were abolished in 2010. Currently, a walking trail and 1,445-step stairway called Tenku Kairo (corridor in the sky) are available for strolling in the park.

As you can go halfway up the park on the walking trail, even those who are anxious about their physical strength in using the stairway can comfortably stroll through the park.

Flowers blooming on Kisuge-daira

At Kisuge-daira, you can enjoy the many different kinds of flowers from May to October.
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  • April: Katakuri lily

    April: Katakuri lily

  • May: Greater meadow rue

    May: Greater meadow rue

  • May: Cork bark white azalea

    May: Cork bark white azalea

  • June: Broad dwarf day lily (nikko kisuge)

    June: Broad dwarf day lily (nikko kisuge)

  • July: Kugai-so

    July: Kugai-so

  • July: Kobagiboshi

    July: Kobagiboshi

  • July: Yeratrum

    July: Yeratrum

  • August: Tamura-so

    August: Tamura-so

  • August: Tsurigane ninjin

    August: Tsurigane ninjin

  • September: Great burnet

    September: Great burnet

Scenery of Kisuge-daira

At Kisuge-daira where the altitude exceeds 1,300 m, you can see not only flowers but also stunning scenery. Especially in winter when the air is clear, there are many days when you can see Tokyo Skytree and Mount Fuji.

  • Pacific Ocean (Kashimanada area)

    Pacific Ocean (Kashimanada area)

  • Mt.Fuji seen from Kisuge-daira

    Mt.Fuji seen from Kisuge-daira

  • Mt.Fuji seen from Komaruyama Lookout

    Mt.Fuji seen from Komaruyama Lookout

  • Tokyo Skytree and high-rise buildings of Tokyo

    Tokyo Skytree and high-rise buildings of Tokyo

  • Kanto Plain seen from Komaruyama Lookout

    Kanto Plain seen from Komaruyama Lookout

Climate of Kisuge-daira, and clothing

The temperature of Kisuge-daira, at altitudes between 1,300 m to 1,600 m, is 8 to 10 degrees Celsius lower than the flatlands of the Kanto region. In summer, the area is cool and very comfortable. In early summer when the daily lilies bloom, it's still chilly and often foggy as shown by the name Kirifuri (literally means "fog falling") Highlands. Because of the lack of sunshine on foggy days, you may feel a chill in the air, so we suggest warm clothing on such days.
Thunderclouds are likely in summer, so be aware that you may experience sudden thundershowers.

Preservation activity

In Kisuge-daira, a ski resort was established by Nikko City in 1965, which became a popular ski resort close to the capital region, but closed in 2004. During this period, bushes were cleared in order to maintain the ski slope, thus the grassland condition was retained. Such grasslands maintained by human hand are called "semi-natural grasslands," where plants that are suited to a sunny environment grow. There once were semi-natural grasslands in various places nationwide such as grazing land to feed cows and horses, but they have become unusual these days. In order to maintain the semi-natural grassland of Kisuge-daira where the different kinds of flowers bloom, we currently clear bushes every autumn.
Additionally, we have secured grass-field control-testing sections to study ideal ways of managing the grassland.

  • Complementary planting of day lilies

    Complementary planting of day lilies

    Every year, complementary planting of day lilies is conducted with the cooperation of local volunteers, volunteer groups, and municipal workers.

  • Prevention of feeding damage by deer

    Prevention of feeding damage by deer

    The number of day lilies sharply decreased due to deer feeding from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. Nikko City therefore set up fences to prevent the entrance of deer in 1994. There also are pivoted doors and other equipment at the entrance to the park. In order to maintain the fences, we regularly conduct inspection tours.

  • Removal of alien plants

    Removal of alien plants

    In recent years, alien plants are increasing nationwide, causing a decrease in indigenous plants. At Kisuge-daira Park as well, because cut leaf coneflowers are increasing, removal is conducted on a continuing basis.

  • Grass-field control test sections

    Grass-field control test sections

    We have test sections that differ in the seasons of bush cleaning, frequency of bush cleaning, and whether or not to remove the cut grass. There we study the composition of plant species and plant lengths.
    Based on the results of this, we will find the ways of management ideal to Kisuge-daira.

  • Tip-box establishment

    Tip-box establishment

    We received contributions of 225,659 yen in FY 2013.
    We received contributions of 164,610 yen in FY 2014.
    These contributions were used as a part of the cost for complementary planting of day lilies conducted twice a year.

Kirifuri Highland Rest House

Admission free

Holidays
Apr. to Nov.: No holidays
Year-end and New Year
(temporarily open on Jan. 1)
Opening hours
Apr. to Nov.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dec. to Mar.: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Kisuge-daira Park Map