The Koajiro Forest

The Koajiro forest is a precious green land, which covers about 70 hectares. It does not have an artificial watershed basin, river, or tideland, which is very unique around the Kanto and Tokai areas.
There are almost 2000 different kinds of creatures in the forest. Also, unique habitats such as red-clawed crabs, which normally require forest, river, and ocean in order to survive live here and even some endangered creatures are seen in the forest.

Konara oak trees can be seen on the slope of the valley from further up stream from Hikibashi to the estuary. Salix ericocarpa are found along the river at the bottom of the valleys and provide nice cool shade during the summer. Once passing the clusters of reeds and Amur silver-grass, one can see the tidelands, and the activities of the Chiko crab and other crabs may also be observed, depending on the tide.

A long time ago, local residents used to obtain fuelwood from the forest. Over the years, evergreen trees have given way to deciduous broad-leaved trees such as Konara Oak. Environmental change has caused the invasion of species not native to the area and also dryness of the lowlands. However, with the help of NPO, the wetland’s environment has been regenerated little by little. Kanagawa prefecture and other organizations have provided walking paths and break areas. Since July 2014, the forest has been open to the public for environmental study and for the experience of living in nature.

Hours of Operation:
April – September: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
October – March: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

1, Get off at the Mikisakiguchi Station (the end of the Keikyu Kurihama line).
2, Take a bus towards Misaki Higashioka, and get off at Hikibashi
2, Take a bus, towards Aburatsubo and get off at Koajiro.
3, Walk 10 minutes.

*There is no parking. Aburatsubo parking is the closest public parking.
*There are no toilets.