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Escape into a Magical Forest in Fukuoka

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One of the must-see forests of Japan is the Sasaguri Kyudai Forest (Sasaguri Kyudai no Mori) in Fukuoka Prefecture. The forest sits on the western edge of Kyushu University’s research forest and is jointly maintained by the university and the town of Sasaguri.

At the center of the forest park is Kabataike Pond, around which a two-kilometer (1.24-mile) hiking trail allows visitors to take a scenic stroll through the serene forest.

The 17 hectares of Sasaguri Forest is home to approximately 50 types of evergreen trees and 40 types of deciduous trees, the most notable of which has to be the impressive-looking raku-usho, or the bald cypress. The tall trees growing out of the water with their flared trunks make them an attractive subject for photographers visiting the park.

The changes of the season and even the angle of the sunlight throughout the day can really change the aura of the forest.

The Sasaguri Kyudai Forest is just one more little reminder of all the amazing sites Japan has to offer and hopefully encourages you to take your travels outside of the typical tourist destinations.

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