Oze National Park 'Spring' Trekking Trip

2019 May 26 (Sunday)

Gunma/Tochigi

Join one of the best trekking destinations during the Spring!

This Trip Features;

  • The absolutely stunning Ozegahara Marshland and it's distinct pools
  • White skunk cabbages in full bloom
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Shibutsu and Mt. Hiuchigatake
  • Flat (but never ending) board walks ;p

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

Trip Itinerary

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7am
  • 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 10:45am
  • Orientation and safety briefing
  • Start the trek at 11am
  • Arrive at Yamanohana Visitor Center around 12pm
  • 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
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) trek guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Discounts;

  • Birthday on May 26 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Apr 26
  • Group of 4 or 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 a TG trip 5 times or more
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 10,900Yen
Space left: 5 out of 42

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 about 17 kilometers, to finish in 5 hours including picnic lunch and rest/photo breaks.
  • Trek is easy level but long (about 17k to do the recommended loop).
  • You can also walk shorter (about 12k) enough to see the Ozegahara marshlands and the spectacular view of Mt. Shibutsu.
  • 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)
  • Music player
  • Book
  • 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.