Oguninuma Wetlands

Oguninuma Wetlands

Be swept off your feet by the amazing scenery at the Oguninuma Wetlands. These wetlands are located in Urabandai area, and are just one part of the stunning Oze National Park. Lots of people hike here every year at the start of summer to enjoy views of the seasonal yellow flowers, called Nikko Kisuge.

Venue Details

Venue Details
Websitehttps://www.urabandai-inf.com/en/?page_id=24986
Contact

Urabandai Tourism Association

(+81) 241-32-2349

https://www.urabandai-inf.com/en/?page_id=493

Best Season
  • Summer
ParkingAvailable (Park at Oshizawa Parking Area)
Related infoBest time to visit: End of June to early July
Access Details
AccessOshizawa Parking Area, Hibara, Kitashiobara Village, Fukushima Pref. 966-0501
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Getting there

By Car: For a 10 km roundtrip hike, park at Oshizawa Parking Area (雄子沢駐車場) to the east of the wetlands. (Location and address shown above)

By Train: There is a seasonal bus every year between early June and mid July which takes you from Kitakata Station to a hiking trailhead.
From there, you can hike to the wetlands for a longer hike, or ride a shuttle bus which drops passengers off at Kanezawa Pass, which is a short walk away from the wetlands.

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