Kayanodira(KYD), Shinshu University

Institute of Nature Education in Shiga Heights, Faculty of Education, Shinshu University



Longtitude: 138°30′, Latitude: 36°50′, Altitude: 1495m Forest area: 1 ha


Research staffs: Associate Professor (1)

Covering Fields

Beech forest succession, Carbon cycle

Field information

The study site is located in the Institute of Nature Education’s Kayanodaira beech forest in Shiga highland at Shinshu University, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (N 36°50′19″, E 138°30′1″: 1495 m a.s.l.). The mean annual precipitation is 1881 mm, and the mean annual temperature is 10.5 °C (1981?2010). The ground is covered by snow each year from November to the following May, and the snow depth is usually 3?4 m. A permanent plot of 1 ha (KYD) was established in 2005. This site is one of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s “Monitaring Sites 1000”. KYD is a cool-temperate deciduous broad-leaved forest. The dominant species are Fagus crenata (83.6% of basal area), Acer nipponicum (2.71%), and Hydrangea paniculata (1.24%) (2010). Tree census data for KYD1 was provided by the Ministry of the Environment Monitoring Sites 1000 Project (SIN01.zip, downloaded from http://www.biodic.go.jp/moni1000/findings/data/index.html).


Lodge (near the site), Main bilding of Institute of Nature Education in Shiga Heights (40 min by car).

Contact Us

Adress: Shigakogen, Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano, 381-0401, Japan Contact
person: Hideyuki Ida: Associate Professor
Tel.: 0269-34-2607
Web site: http://certcms.shinshu-u.ac.jp/shiga/kayanodaira/index.html