The story

“The most beautiful village in Japan” Union started in seven towns and villages in 2005.
At that time, mergers of municipalities were promoted at the time of so-called Heisei’s great merger,
It was a time when the survival of small villages with wonderful regional resources and beautiful landscapes became difficult.

We took a range of “France’s most beautiful village” movement, carefully selecting and introducing France’s rustic beautiful village. If you lose, you can not regain it again. While preserving the scenery and culture of the agricultural mountain fishing village in Japan,
I started an exercise aiming at independence as the most beautiful village.


Among the many beautiful agricultural mountain fishing villages in Japan, in order to join the beautiful village association, we are conducting an entrance eligibility examination to qualify as the most beautiful village by recruitment / application procedure. Furthermore, after joining, every five years we will confirm whether the basic idea of ​​the most beautiful village development is inherited or whether the movement is established with the aim of creating a more beautiful village by reexamination.

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Abu Town is located in the northern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the westernmost part of Honshu, facing the Sea of ​​Japan, and the coastal area is designated as the Kita Nagato Coast National Monument. Forests occupy 85% of the area of ​​115.95km2, and the entire town is designated as a Hagi Geopark formed by the Abu volcanoes.


Akaigawa-mura, located in the southwestern part of Hokkaido, is a lush “caldera village” surrounded by Sapporo, Otaru, Yoichi, Niki, Kutchan and Kyogoku. The total area of ​​the village is as large as 280.09 square km, 80% of which is occupied by forest. Akaigawa Village has a “caldera” -like topography surrounded by mountains on all sides.

Ama Town

About 60km offshore from the Shimane Peninsula, one of the “Oki Islands” floating in the Sea of ​​Japan, “Nakanoshima,” is called “Akaimachi,” and it is a small island of 1 island 1 town with an area of ​​33.51km2 and a circumference of 89.1 km.


Biei Town is located in the middle of Hokkaido’s second city “Asahikawa City” and “Furano City” known for such as the drama “North Country”. Farmland occupies 70% of its area in forests and 15% in area. It is a town of agriculture centering mainly on field crops such as potato, wheat, sugar beets and legumes, and its agricultural practice creates a beautiful landscape of “hill town hilly”.


Chizucho, a town of segregated areas where green wind blows, is located in the southeast of Tottori Prefecture, and the west and south are adjacent to Okayama Prefecture. The surrounding area is a series of 1000m-class mountains in the Chinese mountain range, and the rivers flowing through the gorges merge to form the Chiyo River, which flows into the Sea of ​​Japan.


Edo town, where Hokkaido’s culture originated, began to live in 1189 in history, when the original Yoshitsune self-destructed in Kinugawa, and the Fujiwara Taisen family landed here (the party) It is said that is the first. In the Edo period, Hokiakisanaro (Jiba) by the North Sea liner of the Japan Sea route, the population exceeds 30,000 due to the trading of herring, and it is known that the so-called “Esashi May is not even in Edo”.

Gero City Mase

Gifu Gero City Mase is an area of ​​the former Mase Village in Gero City that was born on March 1, 2004. Located approximately in the central part of Gifu Prefecture, the area is 98.46km2 and 95% of the forest is occupied, and it is a typical mountain village with a population of approximately 1,390 people.


Haramura is a highland village spread on a gentle slope on the foot of Yatsugatake. There are few mountains and valleys, and from the inside of the village you can admire the magnificent view of the Yatsugatake mountain range to the east. Mount Tateshina in the north, North Alps in the northwest, Lake Suwa and Mount Iriwa in the west, South Alps and Mount Fuji in the south.


Hayakawa-cho is located in the southwestern part of Yamanashi Prefecture, and is a mountain town surrounded by the peaks of the Southern Alps, with a vast area of ​​15.9km east-west 38km north-south with an area of ​​369.86km2. By the great merger of Heisei, it became a town with the fewest population in Japan.


The Higashinase village is located in the southeastern part of Akita Prefecture, 16.5km east to west, 29.5km north to south, with a total area of ​​about 203.69km2, and it has a narrow topography along the Naruse River. Motomura is surrounded by the Owa Mountains such as Mt. Kurikoma and Mt. Yariishi, and the amount of snow in the center reaches 1.5 m.


Higashi Shirakawa Village, located in the eastern part of Gifu Prefecture, is surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 1,000 meters, and 90% of the total area is mountain forest, of which 73% is planted forest, “Tono Hinoki,” a brand that East Shirakawa Village boasts Is planted.


The elevation of the village ranges from 200m to 1,000m, and 84% of the total area is occupied by forests. The basic industries of the village are agriculture and forestry, and tea and flowering plants are the main crops of agriculture, and cedar and cypress are the main trees of forestry.


Iido Town is located in the headwater area of ​​the Mogami River in the southwestern part of Yamagata Prefecture, and about 84% of the total area including the Mt. Ikari mountain range is a mountain forest, and is a flat paddy field area and hills It can be roughly divided into the mountain village area of ​​the land and the mountain area of ​​the headwater area.


Iitate Village is a beautiful village blessed with rich nature that opened on the plateau of the northern Abukuma Mountains. The terrain occupied by about 75% of the total area of ​​230.13 km2 is relatively gentle, with the Mano River in the north, the Nitta River and the Iijima River in the center, the Hiei River in the south, and the cultivated land in the basin.

Ina Takato

Takato-cho, Ina City is an area of ​​the former Takato-cho in Ina City, which was born by the Great Merger in 2006. Located in the northern part of Ina Valley in the southern part of Nagano Prefecture, this long vertical valley along the Median Tectonic Line offers a view of the Southern Alps to the east and the Central Alps to the west.


Ine Town is located in northern Kyoto Prefecture, at the northern end of the Tango Peninsula, from the east to the north facing the Sea of ​​Japan, south to Miyazu City, and the west to Kyotango City. The area is 62.00 km2 and about 80% is forest.

Kami Ojiro

Kami Town, Hyogo Prefecture is located in the area of ​​”Saninkaigan Geopark” and has a width of 30km from the Sea of ​​Japan to the mountains. Surrounded by the vast and alpine “Hyonosen Ushiroyama Nagisan National Monument”. Ojiro is “Wagyu’s hometown”.

Kamijima Town

Kamijima Town is located in the center of the Seto Inland Sea, which connects Kobe City and Shimonoseki City with a radius of 200 km, and is a town of all remote islands consisting of seven manned islands floating on the northeastern part of Ehime Prefecture and the border of Hiroshima Prefecture. is.


Topographically, it is located in the southeastern mountainous area of ​​the Shikoku mountain range, and the mountain range with the highest peak at 1439 m as the highest peak is piled up, and the Katsuura River that flows east forms a deep valley and there are very few plains in that basin.


Kawanemoto-cho is located in the central part of Shizuoka Prefecture, and the forest occupies about 94% of the town area. The southernmost tip of the Southern Alps, Mt. Mitsutake (Tateri only), is the only native natural environment preservation area in Honshu, and the entire town area is registered as a UNESCO Eco Park.


Kikai Island belongs to the Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, and is a raised coral island located about 380 km south of Kagoshima City and about 25 km from Amami Oshima. It is still rising at an average speed of about 2 mm a year, and its rising speed is a world top class geologically world famous island.


Kiso Town is a town that has prospered as a center of politics, economy, and culture from ancient times, as a central part of the beautiful rural landscape of the majestic Ogakiyama Pass and the Nakasendo Pass through the deeply carved Kiso Valley.


Kitashiobara-mura is a farming and sightseeing village with a population of approximately 3,000 located in the northwestern part of Fukushima Prefecture. The climate is northern Japan-type snow and cold regions. Geographically, the area is surrounded by Mt. Azuma (1, 816 m) in the southeast, Mt. Azuma in the west, Mt. Azuma, such as Mt. Azuma (2, 035 m) in the east, Mt. About 80% of the area is occupied by forests.


Kiyosato-cho is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, and the fertile upland countryside spreads in the foothills of Shari-dake, one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan.
In addition, Shiretoko and Akan are blessed with abundant water resources such as Shari River, which is one of the clearest rivers in Japan, Lake Mashu, which is a mysterious lake, and Konoko Pond, which is said to have overflowed underflowing water.


Kosaka Town is located in the northeastern part of Akita Prefecture, on the prefectural border with Aomori Prefecture (Heikawa City and Towada City), and has Towada Lake West Lake. It is 21.1 km east to west 14.4 km north-south, surrounded by the vast hills formed by the Towada volcanic ash and deep mountains such as Lake Towada.


Kami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture is located in the San-in Coast Geopark area, and has a width of 30 km from the Japan Sea to the mountainous area. Among the Kami-cho, Kodai-ku, located in the mountainous area, is a quiet rural area with Yada River running in the center and wide-ranging farmland of terraced rice-fields, and has long been called Kodai because there are many small paddy fields.


Kuromatsunai Town is located approximately halfway between Sapporo City and Hakodate City, and the natural monument of the country, “Self-generated Northern Conscious Beech Forest” is a town symbol.


Kyogoku-cho is located in the western part of Hokkaido, in the eastern part of Goshichi, and spreads in the eastern part of Mt. Yotei, with Sapporo in the east, Kutchan-cho in the west, Kimobetsu-cho in the south, Akaigawa village in the north.


Located in the northwestern part of Gunma Prefecture, at the height of 600m to 2,300m, the Rokuoi area of ​​Nakanojo Town is a forest town where 92% of the area is occupied by forests and wild areas.


Manno Town is located in the hills on the north side of the Sanuki Mountains in the southwestern part of Kagawa Prefecture. The people who live here continue to live with this nature and have been handed down from ancient times, and continue to preserve traditional culture.


Matsuzaki Town is located in the southwestern part of the Izu Peninsula, has a varied coastline and a rich natural environment. A stone rice terrace with a view of Mount Fuji and the Southern Alps across Suruga Bay. The building of the straw wall that remains in the town has the charm of the old days. In addition, 70% of the nationwide share of salted Sakura leaves has become various products as special products of the town.


Gifu Prefecture Gero city Maze is an area of ​​old Maase Village in Gero city born on March 1, 2004. Located in the central part of Gifu prefecture, the area is 98.46 Km 2, the forest occupies 95%, is a typical mountain village with a population of 1,390 people. A famous clear stream “Maze river” famous for ayu fishing in the center of the area flows through, and the 10 villages opened up along the river are dotted with farmland and houses of 410 houses.


The Minami-Okuni-cho, located at the foot of Aso Kinzan, in the center of Kyushu, has many hot spring resorts including Kurokawa Onsen, and is the source area of ​​the Chikugo River, which is the largest river in Kyushu. It is a rural village blessed with beautiful nature.


Mishima Town is located in the western part of Fukushima Prefecture and is a mountain town located along the Shiomi River with Oze as its headwater source. It is a heavy snow area where there are villages in 18 locations and snowfall may exceed 2 m in winter.


Motoyama-cho is located in the central part of the Shikoku mountain range, and the Shikoku Saburo Yoshino River (194 km in total length), which pours the center into Tokushima Prefecture, flows east while meandering widely.


Nagiso Town is located in the southwestern part of Nagano Prefecture, on the prefectural border with Gifu Prefecture (Nakatsugawa City), surrounded by mountains, along the Kiso River flowing through the center of the town and its terraces Seven villages are formed long and thin: Yokawa, the north, Sanrumino, Tsumago, Ran, Hirose and Tadashi.


Nakagawa village is located in the southern part of Nagano prefecture, almost in the center of the Ina Valley and in the southernmost part of the Kamiina district. In 1958, it was formed by merging Minakata Village on the east side and Katagiri Village on the west side of the Tenryu River, which was previously called “Tenryu River”. It was called Kawamura.

Nakagawa Koisago

Nakagawa Town, where the Kosuna district is located, is located in the northeastern part of Tochigi Prefecture, and is a mountain village town where 64% of the total area (192.78km2) is covered with forests.


Gunso Prefecture Nakanojo-cho Izan is the area of ​​the former Izan village of Nakanojo-cho that was born by the Great Merger of Showa. Located in the northern part of Nakanojo Town in the northwestern part of Gunma Prefecture, the residence is 500m to 800m above sea level, and is surrounded by mountains.


Nakasatsunai-mura is located in the southwestern part of the Tokachi Plain and extends to the basin of the clear stream “Satsunai River” originating in the central part of the Hidaka Mountains. The main industry is agriculture, and high-yielding agriculture centered on cold-type upland farming and dairy farming and livestock farming.


The Shirakami Sanchi, located in the southwest of the village, is listed as the first World Natural Heritage site in Japan, has such a high water holding capacity as to say, “No water bottle in beech forest” and abundant water derived from the beech forest in Shirakami Sanchi.


Ogawa Village is located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture, approximately halfway between Nagano City and Hakuba Village, and you can see magnificent Northern Alps mountain range from various places in the village.


Odateka-cho is located in the northern part of the Goto Islands in the west sea of ​​Kyushu, and is a volcanic archipelago consisting of 17 large and 17 small islands, most of which are nature-rich towns designated as Saikai National Park.


Okura village is located approximately in the center of Yamagata Prefecture, where 85% is forested. Reimine Tsukiyama, Hayama’s nostalgic, copper mountain river and Aka Matsukawa that originate from those mountains penetrate the village and merge with one of the three major torrents in Japan, the Mogami River.


Oshika-mura is located in the southern part of Nagano Prefecture and in the northeastern part of Shimoina-gun, a branch of the Tenryu River and upstream of the Koshibugawa. A large fault “Central Tectonic Line” that runs the Japanese archipelago penetrates the village center.


Otama Village is located in the central part of Fukushima Prefecture, and is located on Nakadori in the prefecture. National Route 4 and the Tohoku Expressway penetrate. The symbol of this place is Mt. Adatara. The brave figure is the pride of the villagers, and the rolling hills are full of rice, vegetables, fruit trees and livestock.


Sai Village is located on the west side of the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, and forms a long and narrow triangle with the north and south as the base along the Tsugaru Strait. Blessed with natural natural harbors, Sai Sakai has been bustling with Japanese merchant vessels (Kitamae vessels) since the Muromachi period, due to trade by densely populated and rich southern Hiba.


Shibetsu Town, located in the central part of the Nemuro Strait coast east of Hokkaido, looks for the Northern Territories Goshima Island just 24 km above the Nemuro Strait Ocean in front, and the hidden Shiretoko Peninsula, which became a World Heritage Site in 2005, is on the left Right is a scenic garden with a large dairy farming area that spreads to the foot of Shiretoko mountain range.


Shiiba-mura is located northwest of Miyazaki Prefecture, in the Kyushu Central Mountains, and has a population of 3,130 people and an area of ​​537.35 km2, and it is a lush village of about 96% occupied by forests. The various natural beauty and people’s activities shown in the transition of the four seasons can be seen in the original scenery of Japan.


Located in the northwestern tip of Okayama Prefecture, Xinjiang Village is surrounded by a beautiful 1000m class mountain range, with Mt. Maashi, the peak of the Chugoku region, as its main peak. In the olden days, it prospered as a post town on the Izumo Highway that connects Sanin and Sanyo, and even though people’s lives are still lived there, it still retains the remnants of those days.


Showa village is a village spreading at the foot of Akagi mountain in Gunma prefecture, it is a producing area of ​​one of Japan’s leading plateau vegetables, it is also the origin of the best konnyaku potato in Japan.
A magnificent view of Mt. Mountain and other mountains, and river terraces, which are said to be the most beautiful in Japan, and vast fields that do not despair for Hokkaido, overwhelm the visitors.


Soni Village is located on the northeastern tip of Nara Prefecture, and is in contact with Nabari City, Mie Prefecture, Tsu City, Machi Village in Nara Prefecture, Ue City and Higashiyoshi Nomura, and has a beautiful volcanic topography surrounded by 1000m class mountains belonging to Muro volcano group It is a valley valley that has become.


The view of the grassland landscape formed by people’s activities and the nature held in the magnificent ground of Oso Aso attracts many people as a representative of Minami Aso. In addition, Neko-dake, a symbol of the town, has a saw-like ridge line and is a treasure representing Takamori-cho, a city that attracts people’s hearts.


Takayama Village is located in the northeastern part of Nagano Prefecture, approximately 20 km from Nagano City. Population as of March 1, 2016 is 7,322 people, the number of the households is 2,412 households, and it is agriculture and tourism village consisting of agriculture mainly on fruit trees such as apples and grapes and 8 hot springs.


Tako-cho is located at the southernmost tip of Aomori Prefecture, adjacent to Iwate Prefecture and Akita Prefecture. Though there are various theories of origin of the name of Tako-cho, the theory coming from “Tapcop” which means “small hill” in the language of the Ainu who inhabit this land is the most powerful.


The main industry of Motomura is agriculture, and crops such as leaf tobacco and vegetables are grown mainly on sugar cane. In addition, the livestock industry is also actively conducted mainly for beef cattle, and at present about 4,000 beef cattle are bred.


Beautiful rivers and quiet mountains. Stars twinkling in the clear sky and fireflies shining gently on the ground. Toho Village is full of such natural vitality. The village has been revitalizing the region by taking advantage of the characteristics of each region.


Totsugawa Village is located in the southernmost tip of Nara Prefecture, in contact with Wakayama and Mie Prefectures, approximately in the center of the Kii Peninsula, measuring 33.4 km east to west, 32.8 km north to south, and 672.38 km2, roughly the same size as Lake Biwa.


The Tsukahara district is located in almost the central part of Oita Prefecture, in a plateau of 600m above the side of Yufudake from the center of Yufuin-cho. Unlike the adjacent plateau, Nisshodai, and Junjidai, there has been a long history of human activity, and fields and farms have been opened, and in recent years tourism has become popular.


Tsurui village is located in the central part of eastern Hokkaido and Kushiro area, with 23km east to west, 42km north to south, total area 571.80km2, eastern part is Shibecha town, south is the core city of eastern part across Kushiro Marsh National Park in the south It borders Kushiro City and Kushiro Town, and the northwestern part is a pure dairy farm with a population of approximately 2,500 people facing Akan Town, Kushiro City.


It is a mountain village separated by It has been known since ancient times as a producing area of ​​cedars, and in particular, Senbon cedar from Uohashise is famous as a beauty forest and has become a prefecture tree in Kochi Prefecture. It is a forestry village where 96% of the total area is a forest.

Wazuka -cho

Wazuka-cho is located at the southern end of Kyoto Prefecture, approximately halfway between Nara Heijokyo and Uji Byodo-in, and is the main production area of ​​Ujicha where tea plantations spread on a lush hillside.


Yoshino Town is located approximately in the center of Nara Prefecture, and through the center of the town, the Kiyotsu Yoshino River flows, and since ancient times about 30,000 cherry trees have been known as a scenic spot, Yoshino Mountain is an ancient Kojiki.

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