15. Nikaho-kogen Plateau, Tsuchida Farm
location: Toushi mountain, Nikaho – 20 minutes fom Nikaho IC (Nihonkai highway) by car
The Nikaho-kogen Plateau spreads out from the northern foot of Mount Chokai. The hills here are 500m above sea level, and the pasture is expansive, with lakes and swamps dotted around in the bright green hills.
Two important flora of the plateau are the skunk cabbage and Japanese azalea.
Each season brings its own idyllic views which reassure and calm the senses, such as Jersey cows walking freely in the grass, or flowers in full bloom and swaying in the fields.
Another feature are the windmills which generate clean energy from the wind which blows in from the sea and over the plateau.
You can enjoy a panoramic 360 degree view of the whole area: Tobishima-island, Oga peninsula, and even the distant Awashima-island are all visible on the Japan Sea side; in the opposite direction are views of the Oou range of mountains; and there right in front of you is the stunning outline of Mount Chokai.
The animals which feed on the rich pasture in Tsuchida Farm are friendly, and contact with these farm animals can make you feel calm. There is also a farm store, called the “Milk House”, where you can buy milk and dairy products and enjoy a light meal and relax.
The Jersey soft ice cream and cheese on toast are popular products in the store.
keywords: sightseeing, plateau, pasture
features: green, wind, windmill, health, Jersey soft-serve ice cream
written by M. Gamou & H. Ishikawa