A Different Point of View: Bird’s Eye View
With the permission of Hyogo Prefecture, we took some beautiful pictures via Drone above the The Hyogo Prefectural Mt. Rokko Nature Conservation Center and Mt. Rokko Guide House.
Looking at Rokkosan from this bird’s eye view, one can envision the fantastic views that the birds have as they fly about the mountain. Often when one thinks of Japan, endless cities is what comes to mind, but in actuality much of Japan is made up of forests and green areas that are wonderful for hiking and enjoying nature.
In fact “Shinrin-Yoku” (森林浴) or “Forest Bathing” is gaining popularity all over the world. When one takes even a short, leisurely walk through a forest, breathing in the clean forest air, there are many health benefits. Scientists have even shown that physical as well as mental health improves from this practice. “Shinrin-Yoku” has been shown to help lower heart rate, blood pressure as well as reduce stress and increase immunity systems. Better moods and feelings of wellbeing are also improved from bathing in nature.
There are many sites that offer information about this, and Rokkosan is a great place to visit to take a wonderful walk in the woods.
360 Degree Views
Below are some 360 degree views from above the Nature Conservation Center and Guide House. Please note that not all browsers support this technology (Google Chrome is suggested).
If one is considering to fly a drone in Japan, make sure to first obtain permission and also check and follow all rules and regulations. With fines of up to 500,000 yen, before taking off, it is best to make sure one is following the current Drone laws, and any particulars rules for the areas one is thinking of flying.
Useful information is available on the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau home page for “Japan’s safety rules on Unmanned Aircraft (UA)/Drone.” Additional information on the Drone Law Japan Site. DJI provides a multilingual searchable online zone map for flying at their DJI “Fly SafeGEO ZONE MAP” page.