JapanTravel Local: Ozegahara Marshland Hiking Trip – June 3, 2018 (Sun)

1 day
Gunma, Tochigi


  • Hike Japan's largest highland marsh, situated about 150 km north of Tokyo
  • Witness the lush nature that is said to have been around since the Ice Age
  • Join a hiking tour led by a friendly, experienced guides and make new friends along the way


Japan Travel takes you on an exciting 1-day hiking trip through the picturesque, verdant marshlands of Oze National Park, in Gunma Prefecture. 


Oze National Park is a popular hiking destination north of Tokyo. The park covers a 372 km² area and overlaps 4 different prefectures. Its most well known feature is the Ozegahara Marshland. Oze is extremely popular in late spring with blooming skunk cabbages and during the fall with the early arrival autumn colors.

We are headed to the Ozegahara Marshland, a fantastic and very scenic hike. The trails are well maintained and elevated boardwalks allow an unforgettable hike above marshlands

Trip Itinerary:

  • 6:15 am Meet in Shinjuku at Shinjuku Center Building 
  • 6:30 am Departure for Oze
    Short service area stops along the way
  • Around 10:15 am arrive at Oze National Park (Hatomachitoge trailhead)
    Orientation/safety briefing/group photo/stretching
  • 10:30 am Start the trek
  • Around 11:30 am Arrive at Yamanohana visitor center
    Explore the Ozegahara marshlands and enjoy taking in the amazing mountain scenery
  • Around 1 pm~1:30 pm Short picnic lunch 
  • Around 4 pm Finish the trek back at Hatomachitoge
    Get on the bus
    Short service area stops along the way
  • 7:45 pm Arrive back in Tokyo at Shinjuku Center Building area

Important information

Trip includes:

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Fun and very experienced hiking guides
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax
  • Chance to meet new people and make new friends
Sign-up Discounts (Cashback on the day)*:
  • Early-bird (1,000 yen) - Sign up and pay before 3 pm by May 13, 2018
  • Birthday on June 2 or 3 (3,000 yen)
  • Group of 4 (500 yen/person) - Group leader/name required. *Group leader please note group members in comment box on the sign-up form.

Other important information:

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ozegahara marshland hike is easy level, mostly flat but slightly fast pace, around 4 km/hour.
  • Walk distance to cover is around 17 km, to finish in under 5.5 hours including picnic lunch, rest and photo breaks.
  • More details about the Ozegahara marshlands hike will be explained on the day.
  • The buddy system is used on this hike. You and your partner should look out for each other throughout the hike. (Don't worry if you are joining alone, we will find you a buddy on the day.)
  • Only bring the stuff you need for the hike, the lighter the backpack, the better.

What to wear/bring:

  • Hiking/sports clothes
  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket/pants
  • Spare clothes
  • Hiking shoes or trainers
  • Soft thick socks
  • Backpack (with rain cover)
  • Headlamp (in case of emergency)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic lunch
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Cellphone
  • Camera
  • Cash

Meeting point

The meeting point is at the northeast side of  Shinjuku Center Building, across from Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nippon Building. (view it on Google map here)

Organised by Japan Travel KK