English-speaking guided day tours to Shirakami-Sanchi

Tohoku Regional Forest Office presents two English-speaking guided day tours to the Shirakami-Sanchi World Natural Heritage and its surrounding areas in October 2014. Join us to explore the distinctive forests of Shirakami-Sanchi in autumn colours!

(About Shirakami-Sanchi)
Shirakami-Sanchi (白神山地) is a mountainous region situated across the border between Aomori and Akita Prefectures in north Japan, ranging approximately from 200m to 1,250m in altitude. It contains the largest expanse of beech forest in East Asia, which has remained almost undisturbed since its establishment around 8,000-12,000 years ago.
In order to protect this valuable forest ecosystem and conserve it for the future generations, Forestry Agency has managed the central part of Shirakami-Sanchi (16,971 hectares of National Forest) as a Forest Ecosystem Reserve since 1990. The same area was also designated as a World Natural Heritage in 1993.
Tohoku Regional Forest Office offers a range of guided tours to Shirakami-Sanchi every year. These are conducted by the Office’s Tsugaru-Shirakami and Fujisato Forest Ecosystem Conservation Centers. English-speaking guided tours are available for the first time this year.

See the link below for further details.
http://www.rinya.maff.go.jp/tohoku/sidou/fukyu/shirakami-tours-en.html