Oze National Park, 尾濑国立公园,尾瀬国立公園(福島県側) 2021年10月8日 公開。

This is an introduction of Oze National Park, Fukushima.


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.

You can trace the route and altitude in the map below.

Bunasaka Spring and Dakikaeri Falls at Oze, June 20, 2017 (尾瀬 の ブナ坂の清水 抱返の滝 2017年6月20日)

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Today was the last day of 3-day Oze tour. I visited three waterfalls today, where Bunasaka Spring Falls or Bunasaka-no-shimizu was one of them, which looked as shown above. The waterfall was located along National Road 352 between Ozemiike and Nanairi. It was really a refreshing view with plenty of fresh spring water falling down the roadside natural slope.

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About 5-minute walk down the road, there was an observatory for another waterfall called Mokake Falls as shown above.

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A description board above said that it was named after women’s clothes which date back to Heian Period.

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After I left Lake Ozenuma this morning, I first visited Sanpeishita, where Mount Hiuchigatake, a symbol of Oze, Looked as shown above, reflected upside down on the lake.

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Then I changed direction toward Numayama Pass (1784m) and after passing it I farther descended toward a waterfall called Dakikaeri-no-taki or Dakikaeri Falls. All these mountain trails were part of an old Numata Highway. In old days, people of Hinoemata used to travel by foot all the way to Numata, Gunma Pref. passing mountains of Oze. Dakikaeri Falls was located some 30-minute descent from Numayama rest point and it looked as shown above. (Although the photo is not good, it can give an image of the falls.) The water fell along a large rock creating a unique water pattern on the surface. The only human being I met along the trail down to the falls was a woman climbing up from Nanairi.

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I happened to find white or pink small flowers I did not know. I checked on a picture book and found they were Komiyama-katabami or Oxalis acetosella as shown above.

This is the end of 3-day Oze tour report. I uploaded my blog for the three days all at once because Oze area was out of internet coverage.

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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You can trace the route and altitude in the map below.
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