Honshū alpine conifer forests

Forest in the Okuchichibu Mountains.

The Honshū alpine conifer forests ecoregion covers 4,400 square miles (11,000 km2) in the high-elevation mountains of central Honshū and the Oshima Peninsula of Hokkaidō, Japan. It is a temperate coniferous forest ecoregion in the Palearctic ecozone.


Northern Japanese Hemlock grow with species of Rhododendron and Menziesia. Maries' Fir, Veitch's Fir, and Jezo Spruce grow in forests with plentiful herbs and ferns in their understories. Sasa grass is very dense in places.[1][2][3]


Sika deer and Asian black bear inhabit this ecoregion. Significant birds include the rock ptarmigan and the golden eagle.[2]

See also


  1. Jerry F. Franklin; T. Maeda; Y. Oshumi; M. Matsui; H. Yagi (1979). "Subalpine coniferous forests of central Honshū, Japan". Ecological Monographs. 49 (3): 311–334. doi:10.2307/1942487.
  2. 1 2 World Wildlife Fund (2001). "Honshu alpine conifer forests". WildWorld Ecoregion Profile. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08.
  3. "Chichibu-Tama National Park".

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