The longest Independence Boardwalk in Japan.
In one sentence, “Boardwalk” is a wooden road weaving its way through the forest. However, this is not a narrow road you can find in places as Oze where walkers can barely pass each other. Rather it’s a road with its width about 2 meters that even a car can be driven.
Please enjoy the forest bath while hearing an occasional sound of the stream as back ground music.
Boardwalk is consisted of plate-like wooden boards jointed against each other. These pieces of wooden board are the result of donations, in amount of 1000 yen each, made by travelers visiting Naeba.
Contributors may leave a message on these boards. Please leave your one and only message as a memory of your visit in Naeba.
There are memories of couple’s first meeting and memories of rock music festival left on these boards as a message. There are also messages left by artists who performed on the stage of rock music festivals.
As described above, each piece is made by donations of everyone. As more donations are made more the board walk grows its length. That is why we describe it “Growing Daily”.
Why do we call this “Independence” boardwalk?
A boardwalk opened to everyone to walk through the forest by its own will in everyday life. We have also infused meanings that this road has no complete shape and it shall be crated by the local community. Upon extending the boardwalk by one and one pieces, we have taken careful consideration to ensure enough width and pitch incline for wheelchairs and to avoid needless destruction of the nature.
Boardwalk accessible in every season
The 1.5km Boardwalk weaves through the masses of Asian skunk cabbage to the forest of white birch with an occasional appearance of the mountain stream. Please come to enjoy the lily flower of the Asian Skunk cabbage in spring, to enjoy the shade to avoid the strong sun in summer, to enjoy the ride on the “Dragondola” through the beautiful autumn leaves. But just remember, although we said it is enjoyable every season, walking in the snow would be a hard one.
Please feel free to contact us for further information.