Susuki at the Soni Kogen Highlands

Planning a visit to the Nara area in October or November? Check out the highlands that stretch between Mt. Kuroso and Mt. Kameyama. In autumn, the space transforms into a 40-hectare expanse of Japanese susuki (silver grass). Go at sunset when the silvery wisps take on a golden sheen. In order to prevent other species from taking over, and to foster the growth of the susuki, controlled burning takes place every March. It’s a bit of a ways from central Nara, but well worth the trip.

October 15, 2016