Planning Your Visit to Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest: Tips for Clothing and Things to Bring
Forest Walking Etiquette
- Take out what you bring in
- Since no trash cans are provided, we ask you to take all your trash away with you.
- Never drop or leave any food in the forest.
- Nasu Heisei-no-mori1 Forest is an important home for many wild animals. Eating food that is intended for human consumption may have a significant negative impact on them and their ecosystem. Please refrain from throwing away or dropping any food in the forest. Also, please do not intentionally feed wild animals.
- Take Nothing, Leave Nothing
- Please do not catch, collect, or introduce any animals or plants without express permission.
- No pets are permitted in the park.
- Pets are not permitted inside Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest from a wildlife conservation point of view. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.
Things to Bring
- Water bottle
- We don’t sell or provide any food or drink in the park, nor are there any vending machines nearby, so please bring something to drink (for rehydration) while you’re walking in the forest.
- Waterproof gear
- The weather can be very changeable so we recommend you bring a waterproof jacket and pants (not all-in-one) suitable for walking in the forest for many hours. An umbrella can easily get caught on branches so they’re not suitable for walking along trails in the forest.
- Spare socks
- Daypack cover (a plastic trash bag will suffice)
- Bandana or handkerchief, and pocket tissue
- Insect repellent
Clothing and Equipment
Nasu Heisei-no-mori Forest is located about one kilometer above sea level. The weather is changeable and the temperature can drop rapidly in the morning and evening. Dressing inappropriately for the weather conditions can lead to serious injury. In order to minimize this eventuality, please refer to the following information before setting off.
- Long-sleeved shirt & pants
- They are recommended to protect your skin from insect bites and ultraviolet (UV) rays.
- Jackets that can be put on and taken off easily
- Perspiration cools you down, so it’s a good idea to bring an outer layer to help adjust your body temperature by putting it on or taking it off.
In winter, we recommend wearing a waterproof jacket such as skiwear.
*It’s better to wear comfy clothes that you’re not bothered about getting dirty.
*You should avoid wearing black since it attracts wasps
- Walking in open toed shoes or heeled shoes in the forest may be unsafe. Please wear worn in shoes that are comfortable for walking on uneven surfaces. Good hiking boots, which have excellent traction on rough terrain, are highly recommended, particularly if you‘re doing a guided walk that lasts more than three hours.
Naturally, we recommend wearing winter boots or waterproof hiking boots in the winter months, especially those with gaiters that are good for moving around in the snow.
- A daypack is useful for carrying personal items and leaves your hands free.
- No perfumes
- Wasps are attracted to strong scents such as perfume, cologne, and hairspray. It’s wise to not wear perfume or cologne when you are walking in the forest.