小鳥の森Kotori no Mori (Forest of Small Birds) is a secluded woodland area of about 52 hectares on a hillside that lies next to the Abukuma River. Featuring ‘konara’ oaks and Japanese red pines the area was once a source of wood and charcoal. The forest ranges in elevation from 80 to 230 meters.
During the year, you can see Japanese Green Woodpeckers, Japanese Tits, and Varied Tits, and in the summer the area is visited by Narcissus Flycatchers, and Japanese Paradise Flycatchers, while in winter the area is home to Dusky Thrushes, and Daurian Redstarts.
Also, there are three short forest walks taking about 1 to 1.5 hours each to complete. Around the forest there are a range of small ponds and rice paddies, and the remains of an old river bed.
Opening Hours
8:30am ~ 5:00pm
Closed Mondays, December 29 ~ January 3
Cost
FREE
Access
 Bus:

300 yen

15 minutes + 25 minutes walk

 Route(s): All Buses
 From: East Exit Bus Stop No. 3
 To: Okabe (岡部)
Links
Homepage: http://f-kotorinomori.org/ (Japanese)
Nearby Tourist Spots
Mochizuri Kannon (2.7 km)
Jomopia Miyahata (4.6 km)
Hanamiyama (4.9 km)
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