After enjoying the views from the birdwatching tower (photo #1-2), I took the path leading to the pond area. Most of the pine trees found in the forest park are AKAMATSU, or Japanese Red Pine (Pinus Densiflora) often seen in the suburbs of Hamamatsu. Unlike another prevalent pines in Japan, Kuromatsu(Japanese Black Pine, Pinus Thunbergii), the bark of the red pines have reddish brown color and are often used for ornamental garden trees. In Bonsai, however, kuromatsu is more popular than the rest of pine varieties.
After walking from the entrance of the park about 15 minutes, I found a sign that leads to HANAKI NO OKA(photo #1). I tried to find out what that is by climbing up the trail. After a short climb I encountered the wide road but lost track of the way to Hanaki No Oka. So I walked along the agri-road like trail and after a short walk I found a narrow trail. It was the trail for the birdwatching tower. (Photo#5)
After crossing the wooden path near the protected area, the trail in the woods goes on and on about 15 minutes until you reach the crossroad. Alongside the trail you can find Japanese ferns. This trail was also introduced in the Brazilian youtube videos. This section could be well-suited for family hikes.
Starting from the southwestern entrance of the Forest park, let's find a trail that starts from the place near the lavatory. After walking a couple of minutes from the start and right after crossing the bridge(photo#4) you will see a partially restricted area to preserve a swamp.
After getting into grass garden area you will see a camp kitchen and day-camp facility. Both facilities require prior reservation. Another few minutes walk and you will get to the park entrance from the parking space. From there the nearest station is about forty minutes away. From here, let's explore another nice hiking trail.
This tip is an extension of "Let's Take A Walk In Forest Park 1-10" in "things to do" tips. Before this segment I introduced a walk to 150-meter-long suspension bridge and back and the trail to go down to the ravine and creek area to the reservoir pond beautifully made like a Japanese garden. Now that I reach the Nishinotaniokuike Pond I will go further to the leftside trail. After a short walk you will see an observation hut, and you can enjoy the view of the pond. After that I walk further until I reach the grassy area.
Jogging is one of the most popular sports activities in Hamakita Forest Park. Every February a road race event is held in the park. When you jog in the park, don't enter into the trails no wider than 2m and never interfere with park visitors.