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Actual Conditions of Forest Therapy Roadʼs Utilization and its Contribution to Local Community:

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  • 森林セラピーロードの利用実態と地域社会への貢献
  • 森林セラピーロードの利用実態と地域社会への貢献 : 長野県南箕輪村を事例として
  • シンリン セラピーロード ノ リヨウ ジッタイ ト チイキ シャカイ エ ノ コウケン : ナガノケン ミナミミノワムラ オ ジレイ ト シテ
  • A case study in Minami-Minowa Village in Nagano Prefecture, Japan
  • -長野県南箕輪村を事例として-

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<p>Hirashima Misaki and Tachibana Satoshi: Actual Conditions of Forest Therapy Roadʼs Utilization and its Contribution to Local Community: A case study in Minami-Minowa Village in Nagano Prefecture,Japan. Jpn. J. For. Plann. 54: 83~92, 2021 “Forest Therapy®” Bases and Roads are often established in hilly and mountainous areas, many of which face depopulation and aging populations. This study aimed to clarify the actual conditions of forest therapy road utilization and to consider how the certification of forest therapy roads contributes to the local community. The research area is Minami-Minowa Village, which has Shinshu Oshiba-plateau Minnanomori certified as the Forest Therapy Road and has the highest population growth rate among the municipalities in Nagano Prefecture. We adopted three methods: a cohort analysis of population changes in Minami-Minowa Village, interviews with key persons like village office staff and patriarchs, and a questionnaire survey for users of the Therapy Road. The main results are as follows: the use of Minami-Minowa Village's therapy road is dominated by neighboring local residents for the purpose of health promotion, and regular and continuous use is carried out at least once a week. It became clear that there are many users who feel a positive change in mind and body by using it. Based upon the results it was considered that continuous use may lead to a reduction of medical expenses. We have indicated the importance of considering what kind of forest the therapy road should be implemented in, how much intrusion is appropriate for the purpose of the therapy road and the satisfaction of the users and attracting tourists with a view to multiple uses of the therapy area.</p>

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