by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com
2015/09/28 - Autumn Color Report: Oze
Continuing with our autumn color reports, I headed to Oze National Park to check out the grass in the marshland, kusamomiji. Only 150 kilometers north from Tokyo, it is possible to visit Oze in a daytrip but it requires an early start and a lot of traveling. Staying overnight at a mountain hut or at the campsite is an option for those who prefer to explore the national park at a more leisurely pace.
I arrived at Tokura early to catch the shuttle service to the Hatomachitoge trailhead as the road between the bus terminal and the trailhead is closed off to all private vehicles and will stay in effect until October 12. The shuttle service costs 930 yen one way and depending on the number of people, either a bus or a mini taxi-van would be used. It was the same going back down, and I bought my ticket at the counter near where I was dropped off.
The weather today was excellent with blue skies and a gentle cool breeze, and I couldn't ask for anything more. The kusamomiji colors in Ozegahara Marshland are developing well and I expect them to turn more golden over the coming days. However, the trees in the forest from the Hatomachitoge trailhead to the entrance of the marshland still need more time for the leaves to gain more color, as there was more green than yellow and red combined in the forest.