Here at Nikko Nature Science Museum, the nature experience is offered throughout the year with the nature guide’s (nature commentator) guidance.
The content of the guidance is not just about explaining the names of animals and plants; it actually is a learning program to experience various nature phenomenon by touching natural soil, leaves, trees and water, listening to the nature sound, and even using the sense of taste at times for real.
Instead of following the manual, with the guidance of “nature commentator” the expert of Okunikko, the ad-lib of spontaneous comments on natural phenomena occurring in front of the participants receives good reputation.
See the below list of course offerings if you are a group visitor or wish to participate an original course.
For participating the scheduled nature experience event, click the below button to proceed.
Take a walk to the central part of Okunikko through the wooden footpath. Overall, the path has less ups and downs. It is the representing course of Okunikko.
Although the course is short, you can get to see the nature history including nurse logs, erosion in Yukawa River, and the role of withered trees.
Experience the relaxing nature at Kotokunuma and in the woods around the farm.
A promenade is developed at Yunoko lakeside where a rare creatures such as luminous moss can be observed.
The marsh on the northern part of Senjogahara is the course for experiential activities with nice view as you can evenly hike around various spots.
Take a walk on the waterfront of Chuzenji lakeside and in the woods. The course offers more experiential activities.
Taking a walk in the dark and try the night-unique experiences including animal life, starlit sky, etc.
Snow hiking with snowshoes on. Winter-unique experiences are available.
Here are the list of items to bring and wear when hiking.
For avoiding bug bite and injuries, wear loose hiking closes such as a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, hat, etc. even in the middle of the summer season.
For hiking, clothes with stretchy and quick-dry material are suitable. Also, wearing thin layers helps you adjust the temperature.
Bring a pair of sneakers (trekking shoes).
Avoid a new pair, bring those you are used to wear and walk if possible. A pair of trekking shoes are recommended to go to the course with many ups and downs.
A backpack is to put on your body throughout the activity. The one comes with wider shoulder straps with cushion material inside is recommended.
Bring one that fits right over both of your shoulders.
Ideally, bring a rain coat which comprises a separate type of top and bottom. Ensure to bring one as it is required regardless of the weather.It works as a top jacked in case it gets cool.
Don’t bring an umbrella because it is dangerous in case of falling, getting caught by branches, etc.
The temperature may drop suddenly even in summer when the weather turns out to be bad.Coldness may not bother during activities but during the recess it gets cold.
Items such as window breaker, sweater, cap, gloves, neck warmer, etc. must always be brought with you.
Water bottle/pot, snacks, towel, lunch, map, 1st aid kit, etc. Energy gets exhausted with an outdoor activity even though for a short period of time. In addition to lunch, bring some snacks.
Bring more water than usual with you.
Rental Snow Shoe (upon guiding in the snow)