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Autumn Color Report 2011
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2011/10/12 - Oze Report
by schauwecker

Ozegahara Marshland

Oze National Park is another good destination for early autumn colors near Tokyo. Shared mainly by Gunma and Fukushima Prefectures, the national park consists of a large marshland at 1400 meters above sea level and several mountain peaks of around 2000 meters. The unspoiled landscape offers attractive hiking that can be enjoyed in a one day or overnight trip from Tokyo.

Today I went to see the marshland, which can be reached in a one hour hike (one way) from Hatomachitoge Pass, the most popular of multiple trailheads into Oze National Park. The trail to the marshland leads through the forest and offered spectacular colors by a wide variety of trees and bushes along the way.

Hiking trail between Hatomachitoge and the marshland
Hiking trail between Hatomachitoge and the marshland

Down in the marshland, the grass is an important contributor of autumn colors, turning into a reddish yellow. The sight of the marshland's grass and the colorful larch and birch trees made for an amazing sight. I wished I could have continued hiking through the national park all day long; however, I had to move on to nearby Nikko for a second autumn color report.

Ozegahara Marshland
Ozegahara Marshland

The fall color season in Oze is approaching the end of its peak, but a visit should remain worthwhile for probably another week.

Ozegahara Marshland

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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