Oze National Park, Gunma
“Oze” which appears also in Japanese children’s song “Memories of summer” is one of the leading scenic spots in the country where numerous mountain peaks and marshes spread. The vast wetlands, also called ‘Japan’s largest wetlands’ surrounded by many famous peaks counted in 100 famous mountains of Japan, show beautiful scenery every season, and in the early summer, skunk cabbages make white flowers all at once. “Oze National Park” spanning Fukushima Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, and Niigata Prefecture exudes a secluded atmosphere, and has released a wonderful charm which has nostalgia somewhere.
Mt. Aizu Komagatake, boasting an altitude of 2133 meters, is a scenic spot representing Oze National Park. Famous mountains, which have beautiful shapes with remaining snow in spring, are counted as one of Japan’s most famous mountains.
Speaking of Oze National Park’s most popular attraction is the Lake Ozenuma. In the Lake Ozenuma about 9 kilometers around and 9 meters deep, you can observe the various seasonal appearances of various plants that reproduct to marshes.
The wetlands of Oze National Park including the Lake Ozenuma and Ozegahara are called “the largest mountain wetland in Japan” and the area is about 650 hectares.
There is the gregarious-life place of skunk cabbages in Ozegahara. If it becomes around June when the snow which lay in winter will disappear, white flowers of skunk cabbages are all blossoming in Ozegahara all at once, and it tells us the summer’s visit to the wetlands.
Katashina village in Gumma Prefecture is the village with a gateway to Oze. It is famous as an entrance to the nearest Gunma prefecture from Kanto. There are lots of sightseeing spots and special products using Katashina’s nature, including the Oze trekking.
|Name:||Oze National Park|
|Address:||Tokura Tonegun Katashinamura, Gunma 378-0411 Japan|
|Access:||JR Joetsu Shinkansen Line “Jomo-Kogen-eki Station” (150 minutes by bus)|
|Tel:||(+81) 278-58-3222 (Katashina village Tourism Association)|