Biosphere Reserve Information

Japan

Kobushi

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The Kobushi Biosphere Reserve encompasses most of the Kanto Mountains, including the main Okuchichibu ridge of 20 peaks rising above 2,000 metres. It is a watershed and source for major rivers, notably the Ara, Tama and Fuefuki rivers and Chikuma, or Shinano, River. The Biopshere Reserve features a wealth of geological formations and rock types with fauna that includes almost 40% of Japan recorded butterfly species, 24 of which are endangered. The area has traditionally been a centre for the cultivation of grapes, persimmons, peaches and other delicacies collectively described as the “eight rare fruits of Koshu.”

Administrative Authorities

Secretariat of the Council for Facilitating Kobushi Biosphere Reserve

Contact

Contact Address

Telephone

Secretariat of the Council for Facilitating Kobushi Biosphere Reserve, 1-6-1 Marunouchi, Kofu City, Yamanashi

(+81) 552231522

Fax

N/A

E-mail

Location

Latitude

35°51'58''N

Longitude

138°47'34''E

Area (hectares)

Surface Area

190,603

Core Area

13,364

Buffer Area

70,858

Transition Area

106,381

Map

Last updated: 2019

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