Mt. Hiuchi climbing and autumn landscape of Oze, September 25-27, 2019. (燧ヶ岳登山と尾瀬の秋景色 2019年9月25-27日)

(Mt. Hiuchi view, Oze, September 27, 2019. 燧ヶ岳 尾瀬沼 檜枝岐 9/27/2019)
During this 3-day period, an autumn high pressure system covered Fukushima Prefecture and it was perfect days for outing. I headed to Oze National Park located in the most southwestern part of the prefecture. My main purpose was climbing Mt. Hiuchi which has the highest peak of 2,356 meters above sea level. This is the highest among all the mountains in northern Japan including Tohoku and Hokkaido. Photo above was an early morning view of Mt. Hiuchi reflected on misty water of Lake Ozenuma just after sunrise. This was taken in the next morning after I luckily made to the summit of the mountain. The view was from backyard observatory of Chozogoya lodge where I stayed overnight.
朝霧に 逆さも霞む 燧岳

Photo above shows a sign post for the highest peak called Shibayasugura (2,356m).

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Photo above shows the largest marsh in Honshu Island called Ozegahara taken from Shibauyasugura. The high mountain in the back is Mt. Shibutsu (2,228m) in Gunma Prefecture.

Photo above shows a view at the second highest peak of Mt. Hiuchi called Manaitagura (2,346m). A post seen in the rightmost is the second order triangulation point.

(Minobuchidake and Lake Ozenuma view from Manaitagura, September 26, 2019. 爼嵓より見るミノブチ岳と尾瀬沼 9/26/2019)
I chose Choeishindo trail for the round trip to get to the higher level of the mountain. This trail first took me to Minobuchidake peak (2,210m) where one can overlook Lake Ozenuma (1,660m) on the foot as shown above. This picture was taken from Manaitagura and the small mountain near the center was Minobuchidake..

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(Manaitagura view, from Minobuchidake, September 26, 2019. ミノブチ岳より見た爼嵓 9/26/2019)
From Minobuchidake I had to head for Manaitagura which stood ahead with a steep rocky slope as shown above.

(Shibayasugura view, from Manaitagura, September 26, 2019. 爼嵓より見た柴安嵓 9/26/2019)
From Manaitagura peak you can see the final destination, the highest peak Shibayasugura as shown above, with down and up the trail.

The climbing took place in the middle day which was 26th. I started at 7 in the morning from Chozogoya lodge, and after I made the summit I descended and I could finally reach the lodge at 5:30 in the evening. It took 10.5 hours for me with my legs entirely exhausted. (This was much slower than average in general.) However, I am grateful for the perfect weather and safe return.

(Autumn view of Oe Marsh, Oze, September 25, 2019. 大江湿原 草紅葉 9/25/2019)
In the first day, I entered Oze National Park via Numayamatoge, Hinoemata. A local Aizu Bus took me to a trailhead for the pass. Soon after passing Numayama Pass, autumn color marsh field appeared as shown above. This was Oe Marsh, which is abundant of a variety of alpine flowers between June and August.

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(Gentiana triflora at Oe Marsh, Oze, September 25, 2019. 大江湿原 エゾリンドウ 9/25/2019)
The last flower at this marsh in late September was gentiana triflora as shown above.
湿原の リンドウ語る 秋さなか

There are six mountains in Fukushima Prefecture which were designated as the best 100 in Japan: Mt. Adatara, Mt. Bandai, Mt. Azuma, Mt. Aizukoma, Mt. Iide, and Mt. Hiuchi. Mount Hiuchi was the last one I made to the summit.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.

Oze marsh in early summer, June 19, 2017 (初夏の尾瀬湿原を歩く 2017年6月19日)

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The second day at Oze National Park was a day of trail trekking through marshes between Onsengoya and Lake Ozenuma. Photo above shows Minezakura cherry trees, a kind of alpine cherry tree, bloom beautiful in the garden of a mountain lodge right beside Lake Ozenuma. Now, the water of Lake Ozenuma flows out via the Nushiri River which then flows into Ozegahara Marsh. The water from Ozegahara Marsh flows through Hiraname and Sanjo Falls and finally makes the Tadami River.

Some of the views and flowers along the trail are shown below.

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Photo above shows yellow marsh marigold flowers bloom all over the marsh field along the trail.

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Skunk cabbage is a symbol of Oze National Park because the flowers are seen everywhere in the marshes during May. However, some late flowers still bloom during this time of June as shown above.

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Mount Shibutsu (2228m) is another symbol of Oze and the beautiful landscape can be seen closely from the trail as shown above. (Actually, Oze National Park has four of the best 100 mountains in Japan: Mt. Shibutsu, Mt. Hiuchigatake, Mt. Aizukomagatake, and Mt. Hiragatake.)

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One of early summer alpine flowers, Tateyama gentian could be seen in small clusters as shown above.

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A board shown above told us that Oze National Park was designated as a special version of National Natural Monument in 1960 in order for special preservation.

Tonight, I stayed at Ozenuma Hut mountain lodge shown in the beginning.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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Alpine flowers at Mt. Tashiro, June 15, 2016 (初夏の 田代山 の 花々 2016年6月15日)

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Photo above shows red type of Enkianthus campanulatus or Benisarasa-Dodan in Japanese, many of which were found along Mt. Tashiro trail today. They were in full bloom.

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On the ground along the trail, I could see a number of Cornus canadense or Gozentachibana in Japanese as shown above.

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I walked along the trail to Mt. Tashiro which belongs to Oze National Park. Pictures above show views of the starting point, the trail, and the summit of the mountain which is 1926m above sea level. It was a little rainy and foggy day up on the mountain but no wind. I took a shuttle taxi service operated by the town (Minamiyama Kanko) between Yunohana Onsen and the starting point of the trail which was about 15km apart. The fare was 2,000-yen one way.

Along the trail, I could see some other plants and flowers as shown below.

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I found a small group of monotropastrum humile or Ginryoso in Japanese as shown above.

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I found some of flower trees called Menziesia multiflora or Urajiro-yoraku in Japanese as shown above.

On the summit of the mountain, there was a large marsh plain. Some alpine flowers I found there are shown below.

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Photo above shows a kind of Gentiana called Tateyama-Rindo in Japanese. Many of them were found there.

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Photo above shows Andromeda polifolia or Himeshakunage in Japanese. Many of them were found there.

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Photo above shows flowers of Eriophorum vaginatum or Watasuge in Japanese.

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Photo above shows flowers of avens or Chinguruma in Japanese. The plain was a large habitat of the plant, but most flowers were already gone, and these were the only left.

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I left the marsh plain of Mt. Tashiro and walked along the trail toward Mt. Taishaku for a short while. Once I entered into the trail, I found plants called Pteridophyllum racemosum or Osabagusa in Japanese scattered in the wood.

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