Sanjo Falls at Oze National Park, June 18, 2017 (尾瀬 の 三条の滝 など 2017年6月18日)

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Three consecutive fine days were expected in Oze National Park area and I decided to go on Oze hiking tour focusing mainly on waterfalls. In this time of year, waterfalls can collect plenty of waters from melting snow on mountains also helped by seasonal rain. Photo above shows Sanjo Falls or Sanjo-no-taki as of today, which is one of best 100 waterfalls in Japan. (Fukushima has three of the best 100 falls: Sanjo Falls (Hinoemata), Otsujigataki Falls (Sukagawa), and Choshigataki Falls (Koriyama)) The water fell 100 meter deep into the valley and the view from the observatory was magnificent. The waterfall was located on the border with Niigata Prefecture and it was source stream of the Tadami River.

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I took Aizu Railway train and Aizu Bus to get to Ozemiike entry point. I started walking at 11:30 along Hiuchiura trail and it took me nearly 4 hours to get to the waterfall. (I happened to see a JR East luxurious train, Shikishima, as shown above, as the train stopped at Aizuwakamatsu Sta. where I took Aizu Railway train.)

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I found some of early summer alpine flowers such as Diphylleia, and marsh marigold as shown in the pictures above.

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With another 30-minute walk, there was second waterfall called Hiraname Falls or Hiraname-no-taki as shown above. This was wide and long (500m) with gentle slope but the water flow was fast.

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With another 30-minute walk, I finally got to Onsengoya mountain lodge, which looked as shown above, and where I stayed tonight. The lodge provided a bus with heated natural sulfate spring water.

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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