Senjogahara Marshland Trekking Trip

2018 October 21 (Sunday)

Oku-Nikko, Tochigi

An easy day of trekking to one of the best autumn destinations that will reward your eyes with stunning mountain views, gorgeous waterfalls, pristine river and lakes, and (always) beautiful autumn leaves!

Start the day at 'Ryuzu No Taki', means 'Dragon Head Waterfall' in Japanese. The name comes from the shape of the falls, which resembles the head of a dragon.

The Senjogahara Plateau Nature Trail follows Yukawa river from most of its course between Ryuzu waterfall and Yumoto Onsen, near the shores of Chuzenji lake. The walking trail offers excellent views of the marshland and the surrounding mountains, and takes about 2.5 to 3 hours. Senjogahara marshland is particularly beautiful during the autumn leaves season (Koyo), when the marshland's grasses turn into a reddish yellow and the larch trees into a shiny gold. You can also see the majestic Yudaki waterfall and walk along the very attractive Yunoko lake.

Finish the day soaked in one of the nice onsens around Yumoto Onsen area!

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet the group in Shinjuku at 6:30am
  • Get on the private TG bus
  • Catch up on your sleep, or chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for breakfast on the way
  • Arrive at Ryuzu shrine around 10:30am
  • See the 'Dragon Head' waterfall and short sightseeing around the shrine
  • Walk along the Senjogahara Plateau Nature Trail while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of the Senjogahara Marshland
  • Short picnic lunch by the gorgeous Yudaki waterfall
  • Continue walking towards Yunoko lake
  • Enjoy more stunning mountain scenery surrounded by red and yellow autumn leaves while walking around/along Yunoko lake (15mins)
  • Finish the trek around 3pm at Yumoto Onsen
  • Relax in one of the local onsens in the area (Optional)
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Stop by for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

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


  • Birthday on Oct 21 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4-5 (500yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (500yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 8,900Yen
Space left: 8 out of 45

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.
  • This event is ON rain or shine! In case of bad weather and we're unable to do the trek due to safety reasons, we will do some sightseeing around Oku-Nikko area and spend more time in the onsen.
  • Nikko is particularly crowded on weekends especially during the autumn leaves season so expect an unavoidable road traffic in the area.
  • Trek is easy level and mostly flat.
  • Walk distance to cover is about 9kms to finish in 5 hours including picnic lunch break.
  • 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

  • Clothes appropriate for hiking
  • Trekking or sports shoes
  • Comfortable socks
  • Spare clothes
  • Small backpack
  • Rain coat (in case of bad weather)
  • Gloves
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Picnic lunch
  • Energy snacks
  • Mineral water or sports drink (1.5L recommended)
  • Book (to read on the train/bus)
  • Music player
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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