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Located at a height of 1,400 meters in Nikko National Park, Senjogahara is a picturesque highland marsh that attracts visitors from all over the world. The area has a rich history and was originally a lake formed by an eruption of Mt. Nantai. Over time, it evolved into 400 hectares of marshland and is now home to more than 350 species of native plants and wild birds.

Senjogahara is one of the largest highland marshes on Honshu, and 175 hectares of the area is part of Okunikko Shitsugen, a registered Ramsar site. The marsh is a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers, with a well-maintained nature trail that offers easy hiking through the marsh. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll while taking in the breathtaking views of the marshland.

One of the best times to visit Senjogahara is during the middle of June to the beginning of August when cottonsedge and meadowsweet are in full bloom. The area is transformed into a colorful paradise with vivid hues of yellow and white. The end of September to the beginning of October is also a beautiful time to visit when the marsh grasses turn red, offering a different kind of scenery to enjoy.

Senjogahara’s natural beauty is not its only attraction. The area has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can explore the ancient ruins of Kodo-ji Temple, which was built over 1200 years ago. The temple is located on the edge of the marsh and offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s rich history.

For those seeking a unique experience, Senjogahara offers a traditional Japanese hot spring, or onsen, where visitors can relax and rejuvenate after a long day of hiking. The onsen is located in a peaceful forest setting, adding to the overall serene atmosphere of the area.

Senjogahara is a perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse themselves in nature. Its stunning beauty, rich history, and cultural significance make it a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Nikko.

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