Sunday, November 1, 2009
Oze national park extends across 4 prefectures: Fukishima, Tochigi, Gunma and Niigata.
Formerly part of the Nikko national park. It become a nation al park in 1987, and has been designated as a special natural monument due to his biological importance.
The park with approximately 8km² in size and the largest marshland in Japan, is one of the most popular hiking destination, the rare flora and fauna, and the spectacular mountain scenery, makes the trip a must for nature lovers.
Wooden boardwalk are collocated through the marshland serving as hiking paths and reduce the impact to the ecosystem.
The best season to visit is at the blossom of the mizubasho (Japanese skunk cabbage) and the nikkokisuge (yellow alpine lily). And in the fall when the leaves change color and specially the kusamomiji which is the grass leaves turning to red.
Official site, Gunma Site, webcam