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Kinagashi River

Kinagashi River

  It is said that the Kinagashi River was created in the late Edo period for agricultural use.  According to the old man who is well versed in the affairs of the past, and in the truths of the past, in the Meiji era, there was a vast national forest at the foot of the Hakuba Mountains.  Part of that national forest was paid off to a community along the Kinagashi River.  In the winter, the villagers cut down firewood from here, and in the spring, the firewood was carried downstream from Futamata point upstream in the Matsu River. This is how the name "kinagashi River:Carry the trees down the river, came to be. Incidentally, the firewood was called "Haruki:Spring wood, because they waited until spring to transport it.

  In addition to its role as a water source for agriculture, the kinagashi River was also used by the farmers in the area to mill rice using water wheels and to wash tools such as sickles, so the river was deeply involved in the lives of the residents.

  The present-time Kinagashi River is an agricultural waterwayl with a total length of 5 kilometers that enriches 80 hectares of paddy fields on the right bank of the Matsu River and flows into the Hime River at Oide area downstream.

  In 1982, waterway improvements began in the upstream of the Kinagashi River using a U-shaped ditch. In 1992, at the strong request of downstream residents, the improvement work was carried out in the vicinity of the residential area as a water environment improvement project to preserve the natural look and feel of the area while maintaining harmony with the surrounding natural landscape and environment.

  As part of the construction, a River Walkway, Oraho Pond, Camel Mountain, water plaza and parking lot were built along the Kinagashi River to provide a place of relaxation for the villagers.

  Although the Kinagashi River was created by people, over the years, various plants and animals have come to live along the water's edge, in the surrounding rice fields and in the forests.

アサギマダラ オオバユリ 夏の観察会

The concept of how to enjoy the Kinagashi River

  Hakuba Village hopes that the Kinagashi River Walking path will be used as an asset of the community as a place of relaxation for village residents, a place for nature education for elementary and junior high school students and pre-school children, and as a place for tourists to feel the nature of Hakuba and to make the park familiar to many people.

   ○On the walking path, you can enjoy the view of the Northern Alps while listening to the babbling of the Kinagashi River, the scent of trees and silence in the Oraho Forest, and listening to the chirping of birds.

   ○Camel Mountain is a grassy mountain made up of two small mountains and is the perfect place to enjoy the Hakuba's woodland( : village in the mountain) scenery.  Children can play lying down.

   ○The water plaza will be covered with grass to create a resting place and a shallow stream that runs through the plaza, where children can safely play in the water and also provides as a place for nature observation.

conservation work

  With the completion of the water environment improvement project, the "Kinagashi River and Friendly Association" was established to preserve and maintain the Kinagashi River and to educate people about nature.

  It was founded in 2000.

  The group cleans up the area around the walking path, mows the lawn, plants trees, and maintains the forest, and also cleans up the Kinagashi River and mows the grass with the people of the area involved in the river every year.

  The group also organizes spring, summer, fall, and winter observation sessions, guides elementary school students on field trips, and conducts plant surveys.

 

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