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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Ozegahara Marsh

Ozegahara Marsh is a high-altitude marshland located in Oze National Park. This 8 square kilometer marshland is a popular hiking destination and is home to some rare plants, including white skunk cabbage, Nikko Kisuge, and Watasuge (a variant of cottongrass). Hiking trails at Ozegahara are well-maintained and used almost year-round for hikers, except in winter when the park is often closed due to snow. Being just 150 kilometers from Tokyo makes Ozegahara and the rest of Oze National Park a popular getaway from city life. Some people will even drive up early in the morning, hike the day away, and then return to Tokyo the same day. It’s admittedly a tough trip if you choose to do it all in one day. Instead, why not stay the night in one of the overnight lodgings and huts within the park grounds? There's also the option of staying at a minshuku (private homes that provide meals and lodging for tourists) in Hinoemata Onsen town. However you choose to travel to Ozegahara, you won’t be disappointed. The marshland has hundreds of small pools that are a beauty to admire. Two mountains, Shibutsusan and Mt. Hiuchigatake, almost seem to stand guard over those who admire the lovely marshland scenery. The most popular trail to hike is the Hatomachitoge, as it is only a one-hour walk from the western end of the marshland. Visit in late May to early June to enjoy the famous white skunk cabbages as they bloom across Ozegahara. In July and August, the marshlands are painted a gentle yellow by the Nikko Kisuge flowers. And in September and October, the autumn colors bathe the marshland in bright gold and crimson.

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Makie Painting Lacquerware Experience at Suzuzen

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