Many hikers visit Oze National Park for its natural scenery and flowers blooming in the marsh
Oze boasts fascinating views of a marsh surrounded by celebrated mountains. Its main tourist location, Oze National Park, extends 12 km (7.5 mi) from east to west and 9 km (6 mi) from north to south. It offers well-maintained trails, which tourists can use to visit sightseeing spots while being mindful of environmental protection. The general open season for Oze is between mid-May (after the end of winter) and the end of October (when the colored leaves start to fall).
Recommended trails that let hikers enjoy Oze’s unique nature and seasonal flowers
The entry of vehicles, including bicycles, into Oze National Park is prohibited to protect nature. Vehicles are only allowed up to the five gateways for the mountain area: Hatomachi Pass, Fujimi-Shita, Oshimizu (Gunma Prefecture side), Numayama Pass, and Miike (Fukushima Prefecture side).
1. Route from Hatomachi Pass, which goes to Ozegahara Plateau
Walking time: 6.5 hours, 17.0 km (10 mi)
Elevation: About 200 m (656 ft)
Relatively flat and easy to walk, this standard trail with its well-maintained wooden path is popular among first-time visitors and beginners. Visitors can enjoy the seasonal flora, such as white skunk-cabbage in early summer and colored leaves in fall.
2. Route from Numayama Pass, which goes through Oe Moor and along Lake Ozenuma
Walking time: 3 hours, 7.0 km (4.3 mi)
Elevation: About 110 m (360 ft)
One of Oze’s iconic scenes is created by the daylilies that bloom in large bunches over the broad wetlands of Oe Moor against the backdrop of Mt. Hiuchigatake, the highest volcano in the Tohoku region.
3. Route from Oshimizu, which goes to Lake Ozenuma
Walking time: 6.5 hours, 17.0 km (10.5 mi)
Elevation: About 570 m (1,870 ft)
The highlight of this route is the view of Lake Ozenuma and Mt. Hiuchigatake after a steep climb due to the dramatic elevation. From there, you can continue on to Lake Ozanuma. Although the route around Lake Ozenuma stretches for some distance, it is flat and easy to traverse, allowing visitors to enjoy the changing scenery.
The diverse flowers in the park are a highlight of sightseeing in Oze. They vary depending on the season and some are only visible for a very short time. Go hiking in Oze to see stunning flowers.