Oze National Park Spring Trekking

2016 May 29 (Sunday)

Gunma/Tochigi

Join one of the best trekking destinations during Spring time!

This Trip Features;

  • The absolutely stunning Ozegahara Marshland and it's distinct pools
  • White skunk cabbages in full bloom all across Ozegahara
  • The beautiful Ozenuma Pond (option for fit and fast hikers only)
  • Gorgeous mountain scenery
  • Flat but long board walks (between 17~25kms)
  • Chance to meet a fun group of outdoor people

Don't miss this amazing day of trekking in the marshland of Oze!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 6:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members
  • Short stop for breakfast on the way
  • Arrive at Oze National Park (Hatomachitoge trailhead) around 10:15am
  • Orientation and safety briefing
  • Start the trek at 10:30am
  • Arrive at Yamanohana visitor center around 11:30am
  • Explore and enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of Ozegahara marshland and the surrounding mountains
  • Short picnic lunch (around 1pm-1:30)
  • Finish the trek back at Hatomachitoge around 4pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stop for some food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Fun and very experienced trek guides (English/Japanese speaking)
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of people and make new friends

Extra;

  • The Ozenuma pond trek (2,000yen) *17kms long @5.5kph average walk pace *pre-registration required

Discounts;

  • Birthday on May 29 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Apr 30
  • Group of 4 or more (500yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (500yen) *Joined a TG trip 5 times or more
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Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Walk distance to cover is between 17 to 25kms, to finish in 5.5 hours including picnic lunch and rest/photo breaks.
  • Trek is easy level but slightly fast pace, around 4kph (if doing 17k) and 5.5kph (if doing 25k).
  • You can also hike at your own pace and cover shorter (than 17k) distance that suits your fitness level.
  • You must be a fast hiker if you're doing the 25k trek, and want to see the Ozenuma pond.
  • We need a minimum of 20 people to run the optional trek to Ozenuma pond.
  • Finish point for the optional Ozenuma pond hike is different (Oshimizu not Hatomachitoge) so extra hike guide is needed.
  • Hiking experience not necessary!
  • Reasonable fitness required.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket/pants
  • Warm clothes (fleece/thermals)
  • Spare clothes
  • Hiking/trekking shoes or trainers
  • Soft/thick socks
  • Waterproof backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic lunch
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (2~3L)
  • Cellphone
  • MP 3/iPod player
  • Book
  • Camera
  • Cash

Useful Links

More About Trip

Oze is a national park and excellent hiking destination in the mountains about 150 kilometers north of Tokyo. Its most well known features are the Ozegahara Marshland and the Ozenuma Pond. A number of surrounding mountains are also included within the park. Oze is extremely popular during the fall colors of early autumn. Oze has numerous trailheads through which visitors can enter the park. The trails are well maintained, and there are wide elevated boardwalks that pass over the Ozegahara Marshland and around Ozenuma Pond. Hiking from the Hatomachitoge trailhead past the marshland and pond to the Oshimizu trailhead can be done in six to eight hours by decent hikers, and there are no overly difficult inclines.

The Ozegahara Marshland, located about 1,400 meters above sea level, is the most popular area of the park. It is about six kilometers long and one kilometer wide, and has hundreds of small, distinct pools. When walking the length of the marshland, the two mountains Shibutsusan and Hiuchigatake seem to hover over hikers at either end of the paths. The Hatomachitoge trailhead is only a one hour walk from the western end of the marshlands, and therefore the most popular among the trailheads. The most famous image of Oze is of the white skunk cabbages in bloom all across Ozegahara in late May and early June.

The park's second most famous feature is the Ozenuma Pond, which can be reached from the eastern end of the Ozegahara Marshland in about an hour and a half along a trail through the woods. There is a six kilometer path that leads around the entire pond and sometimes runs alongside the water and sometimes through the forest. Oze's famous flowers can also be found near Ozenuma in small marshlands near the pond.