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TADAMI BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Preservation of nature by learning and seeking about sustainable development

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.

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Becoming a Biosphere Reserve Site

Under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB), Tadami and a part of Hinoemata became a biosphere reserve site in June 2014. MAB aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. Tadami, 75,000 hectare (about 289.6 square mile) in size, has unspoiled nature; 90% of the area is mountain forests with beeches in 1,500 meters above sea level. Heavy snow precipitation of 3 meters in winter curves rocks in the mountains. Under such condition, residents of Tadami have been coexisting with the nature.

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.

Becoming a Biosphere Reserve Site

Under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB), Tadami and a part of Hinoemata became a biosphere reserve site in June 2014. MAB aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. Tadami, 75,000 hectare (about 289.6 square mile) in size, has unspoiled nature; 90% of the area is mountain forests with beeches in 1,500 meters above sea level. Heavy snow precipitation of 3 meters in winter curves rocks in the mountains. Under such condition, residents of Tadami have been coexisting with the nature.

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.

Tadami Biosphere Reserve Spotlight

Megumi no Mori (forest)
There is a trail walking along with a stream in a forest of beeches. In about 20 minutes, the trail takes you to the Shimo no Taki (waterfall). If you go to the next waterfall, Naka no Taki, and return the trail, the total hour is about 3.5 hours. During the trekking, you may look for fossils of plant or strange shape of stones

Available from late May until early November.
Iyashi no Mori (forest)
There is a trekking path around Matsuzaka pass on the border of Kaneyama and Tadami. After 20 minutes of walk, the path takes you to a fallen “large beech of Kokkai”. This relatively easy path will take approximately 1.5 hours when walking the whole course, which is suitable for small children to learn about mother nature.

Available from late May until early November.
Agariko Beech Forest
Beeches were cut to make firewood or charcoal. However, the trees were not cut near the root. Instead, the trees were cut at about 2 m (6.56 ft.) height. By doing so, the trees grow back again. As they do, they create bumps on their trunk.
Available from late May until early November.
Harvest of Wild Sesame Seeds
Oil is extracted from the harvested wild sesame seeds. The seeds are also used for cooking of traditional dishes.

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.
Setting up a natural storage for Daikon (Japanese radish)
Once harvested, local people store Japanese radishes in a natural storage called “Daikonnyu”. Daikonnyu is made of straws; The ground is dug up and Daikonnyu with radishes is settled in the hole. During winter, Daikonnyu is completely buried under thick snow and naturally preserve the stored radishes resulting in increase of their sugar content.

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.
Processing of Zenmai (Osmunda japonica)
Zenmai (osmunda japonica) is a vegetable wildly grown in a mountain. It is used for some Japanese dishes. Tadami is famous for production of high-quality Zenmai. Once gathered, Zenmai is boiled. Then, the boiled Zenmai is dried on a straw mat for about 3 to 5 days under the sun.

Photo by Association for Promotion of Tadami Biosphere Reserve.
Historic Igarashi Residence
This is a house of a farmer built in 1718. This historic property is important source to learn about the lifestyle of people in the past. This is designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

Location: 437 Idaira Kanozu, Tadami
Closed on Tuesday and Winter Period
Contact: Tadami Board of Education 0241-82-5320
Mori no Bunko Fuzawa
This Inn is utilizing a renovated building of an elementary school. Local residents are operating this Inn; they provide guests variety of experiences, such as charcoal making, rice farming and Soba cooking. Guests can also enjoy traditional dishes cooked by them.

Location: 544 Okubo Fuzawa, Tadami
Open throughout a year. Reservation required.
Contact: Morinosato Support Group 0241-71-9511
http://fuzawa.org/
Tadami Buna Center
Tadami Bunatokawano Museum
There are exhibitions of Tadami region, Buna (beech trees) and the Tadami river. Various activities, such as special exhibitions, lectures and observation trips are planned throughout a year.

Location: 2590 Machishita Tadami, Tadami
Closed on Tuesday
Coontact: Tadami Buna Center 0241-72-8355
http://www.tadami-buna.jp/
Aizu Tadami Kokokan (History Museum)
Items excavated from prehistoric sites by the Ina River are exhibited in the Museum. The items are dates back to the 15,000 years. A model of pit-house, in which people of prehistoric era dwelled, can be seen outside of the Museum.

Location: 33 Kubota Okura, Tadami
Contact: Aizu Tadami Kokokan 0241-86-2175
http://www.aizu-concierge.com/map/spot/10663

Contact: Institute Tadami Tourism Town Planning Organizations

Institute Tadami Tourism Town Planning Organizations
0241-82-5250
http://www.tadami-net.com/

Tadami Biosphere Reserve
http://www.tadami-buna.jp/TadamiBR_e-1.pdf

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