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Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National Park

Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National Park (八ヶ岳中信高原国定公園, Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Kokutei Kōen) is a quasi-national park on Honshū in Japan. It is rated a protected landscape (category V) according to the IUCN.[2] The park includes the Yatsugatake Mountains and the surrounding lava plateaus: Tateshina plateau, Kirigamine, and Utsukushigahara. It straddles the border between Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures.[3] Mount Aka is the highest point in the park at 2,899 m. The volcanoes of the Yatsugatake mountains erupted from the middle of the Fossa Magna (ja) and spread skirts of lava south, east and west. Lake Matsubara, Shirakoma Pond, and Lake Shirakaba attract tourists to the region for boating, skating, and camping. Utsukushigahara is a lava plateau at the northern end of the park and offers views of the Northern Alps. The extensive lava plateau of Kirigahara is popular for hiking. There are also a number of onsens in addition to the hotsprings at Tateshina.[4] The park was designated a quasi-national in 1964.

Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Lake Shirakaba in Yatsugatake-Chūshin Kōgen Quasi-National Park
LocationHonshū, Japan
Nearest cityChino, Fujimi, Hara, Hokuto, Koumi, Matsumoto, Minamimaki, Nagawa, Okaya, Saku, Sakuho, Shimosuwa, Shiojiri, Suwa, and Tateshina
Coordinates36°07′10″N 138°25′11″E / 36.11944°N 138.41972°E / 36.11944; 138.41972Coordinates: 36°07′10″N 138°25′11″E / 36.11944°N 138.41972°E / 36.11944; 138.41972
Area39,857 ha
EstablishedJanuary 1, 1964
Governing bodyNagano and Yamanahi prefectural governments[1]

Like all quasi-national parks in Japan, the park is managed by the prefectural government.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Park systems: Definition of National Parks". National Parks of Japan. Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan. Retrieved 2008-08-29.
  2. ^ "Yatsugatake-Chushin Kogen". World Database on Protected Areas. United Nations Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Center. Retrieved 2008-09-05.[dead link]
  3. ^ "List of Quasi-national Parks". Official Home Page of the Ministry of the Environment. Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan. 1994-03-31. Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  4. ^ 八ヶ岳中信高原国定公園. Japan Integrated Biodiversity Information System (in Japanese). Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan. Retrieved 2008-09-05.