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"Walking Forest Therapy Roads ® with a doctor"
a special event to mark the International Year of Forests

* Forest Therapy Roads ® is the registered trade mark of Forest Therapy Society NPO.

Last Updated:February 10, 2012

This year has been designated the International Year of Forests. The theme of the Year in Japan is "Walking in the forests" and various events have been scheduled to mark the Year. "Walking Forest Therapy Roads ® with a doctor" is a special event subsidized by Green and Water fund which is under the auspices of the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization, a public interest Incorporated Association popularly known by its emblem of Green feathers. The event will allow subjects to easily experience the healing effects of forests through forest-based activities such as bathing, walking, sitting and simply laying down.

The event will be held at several Forest Therapy Roads ® locations selected from amongst the total of 44 existing Roads nationwide after tests were conducted on the efficacy of the participating forests and these tests included measuring the stress hormone levels of subjects.

As the event will be actively monitored by doctors, we invite you to experience the effects of spending time in a beneficial forest environment and witness the resultant reductions in stress levels and increases in NK activity and serum adiponectin level. Why don't you come and experience for yourself the beneficial effects of these forest walks by measuring your stress levels both before and after the planned activities and thereby come to realize the power and importance of forests ?

We invite you to experience the effects of spending time in a beneficial forest environment and witness the resultant reductions in stress levels and increases in NK-cell and adiponectin protein measurements, all of which are proven to help inhibit lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes. Why don't you come and experience for yourself the beneficial effects of these forest walks by measuring your stress levels both before and after the planned activities and thereby come to realize the power and importance of forests ?

Schedule: Saturday 11th ~ Sunday 12th September, 2011

Uenomura, Gunma Prefecture
Kick-off event

Schedule: Sunday, 16th October, 2011

Nature-walk of Nakanosawa, river headwaters area, Uenomura, Gunma Prefecture

Meeting time & place:09:00 am at the Police Box in front of JR Takasaki station at the East exit
Person in charge: Mr. Matsumoto, Creating Village Promotion Dept.
Phone: 0274-20-7070

Shiga Kogen, beautiful forests, Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture

Meeting time & place: 08:30am at Nagano Station Shinkansen ticket gate at the East exit deck
Person in charge: Mr. Mihashi, Shiga Kogen Tourist Association
Phone: 0269-34-2404

Furusato no Mori, Iinan Machi, Iishi-gun, Simane Prefecture

Meeting time & place:07:00am at the bus station, Shinkansen exit, Hiroshima Station
Person in charge: Mr. Tamano
Phone: 0854-76-3119

Yusuhara ~ The town above the clouds

Meeting time & place:09:10am in front of JR Susaki Station
09:15am at roadside station Susaki, the Home of the Otter.
Person in charge: Mr. Yamamoto, Environment Promotion Section
Phone: 0889-65-1251

Schedule: Friday, 28th October, 2011

The river headwaters Forest which nurtures the Tottori Sand Dunes, Chizucho, Yazu-gun, Tottori Prefecture

Meeting time & place:09:00am in front of Chizu Station
Person in charge: Mr. Yamanaka, Mountainous village revival section, Chizucho
Phone: 0858-75-3117

Schedule: Thursday, 10th November, 2011

Inohae Valley, Kitago-cho, Miyazaki Prefecture

Meeting time & place:11:00am Kitago-cho General Branch office
Person in charge: Mr. Murata & Taniguchi, Kitago-cho Hotsprings Tourism Association
Phone: 0987-55-2700

Schedule: Sunday, 13th November, 2011

A forest from the 100 best river headwater forests, Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Meeting time & place:09:00am Shinkansen West exit square, JR Kurume Station
Person in charge: Mr. Tagomori & Yoshihiro, Agriculture, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Collaboration sub-section
Phone: 0943-75-4975

The schedules of the following 2 areas are yet to be decided.
(They will be uploaded when the final schedules are decided )

·Akasawa Natural Recreation Forest, Shinshu Kiso Agematsu, Agematsu Town, Nagano Prefecture (in 2012)

·Body and soul therapeutic bath "Sasaguri Arata Highland", Sasaguri Town, Fukuoka Prefecture

Participation fee:Yen 6,000.-
(fee includes: cost of shuttle, guide fee, stress check fee and forest therapy lunch box)

Inquiries and application deadline

Inquiries and application to participate should to be made 10 days prior to the date of each event .
All inquiries are welcome and so please contact the Infom office at info@infom.org
We will respond to you as soon as possible

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