Oze National Park 'Autumn' Trekking Trip

2018 September 30 (Sunday)

Gunma/Tochigi

Join one of the best trekking destinations during the Autumn season!

This Trip Features;

  • The absolutely stunning Ozegahara Marshland and it's distinct pools
  • The beautiful Ozenuma Pond (option for fit and fast hikers only)
  • Gorgeous mountain scenery
  • Beautiful autumn colors at its BEST
  • Flat but long board walks
  • You can walk between 10k to 30k. Totally up to you!

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

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 6:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members and get excited
  • 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 3:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stop at Oshimizu (to pickup the people doing the 28k Ozenuma long walk)
  • Short stop for some food/snacks at service area
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Fun and very experienced (English/Japanese speaking) trek guides
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extra;

  • Ozenuma pond 28k trek (2,000yen) Fast walk pace around 6kph

Discount;

  • Birthday on Sep 30 (3,000yen)
Price: 11,900Yen
Space left: 1 out of 22

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 17k to 28k, to finish in 5.5 hours including picnic lunch and rest/photo breaks.
  • Trek is easy level but long (minimum of 17k to do the recommended loop) so reasonable fitness required.
  • You can cut the trek shorter (about 10k) if you think 17k is too long. Walking about 5k (one-way) is good enough to see the Ozegahara marshlands and the spectacular view of Mt. Shibutsu.
  • You must be a fast and strong hiker/trekker to join the optional 28k Ozenuma pond course trail.
  • Minimum of 10 people required to run the 28k Ozenuma pond trek.
  • Finish point for the optional 28k Ozenuma trek is at different location (Oshimizu not Hatomachitoge) so extra hike guide is needed.
  • Hiking/trekking experience not necessary!
  • 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
  • Small (waterproof) backpack
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic lunch
  • Snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drinks (at least 1.5L)
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

Useful Links

More About The 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.