Scenic Route Through Oze: Experience 4 Prefectures in 1 Trip
Oze is a national park that stretches across 4 prefectures: Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata. It is Japan’s largest highland marsh and is known for its rare and precious plants and wildlife. It is also known for the beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons. Now would be a perfect time to go to enjoy the fall foliage.
Being only a few hours away from Tokyo, it makes for the perfect weekend trip. Depending on how confident you are, you can take an easy day trip, or take the strenuous route and spend a night in the mountain lodge.
Feeling a bit confident after climbing Mount Fuji, I decided to spend the weekend hiking through Oze to see 2 waterfalls.
Ozenuma Visitor Center
But mostly, it’s just walking, walking, walking among beautiful scenery.
The First Signs of Fall
We chose this place because it has an onsen. And also so that we could leave early the next morning to head to the waterfalls!
The Hazy Morning
Waterfall: Hiranume No Taki
Waterfall: Sanjyo No Taki
A 30 minute walk from the 1st waterfall, but definitely a bit more strenuous. This by the way is right along the border of Fukushima Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.
See it in action!
Yoppi Tsuribashi Bridge
Hitsujigusa： Pygmy Waterlily
This is a type of flower that can be seen in the area from Mid August to Mid September. So delicate and cute. The area is actually really famous for the mizubasho or skunk cabbage. You would have to go around May or June to see those.
Here, we took a bath at the bath house, picked up our rental car and headed back to the train station. Gunma is an area that is known for onsen (hot springs) . It would be great to stop by an onsen after your trip to Oze too!
It was a nice weekend trip to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. It is said that depending on the season you visit, you get an entirely different experience because of the different flowers in bloom.
In October it would be great to see the amazing view of the entire area covered in the colors of fall. Next time, I’m thinking about climbing the Shifutsu-san Mountain, which is about a 6 to 8 hour mountain hike. Hope to see you in Oze!! Information: Map