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About the Fukushima Oze Introductory Video

This video, titled "OZE.jp Fukushima Oze PR Movie," was released by "PrefFukushima."

"Fukushima Oze," introduced in the video, is the nickname for the route and area leading to Oze from the Fukushima Prefecture side.
Oze National Park is a vast area of natural marshlands that spans four prefectures: Fukushima prefecture, Gunma prefecture, Niigata prefecture, and Tochigi prefecture.
Oze is famous for Ozegahara, a marshland on the Gunma side, but the route that enters Oze from the Fukushima prefecture side is called Fukushima Oze, and it has also been gaining popularity as a sightseeing route full of natural scenery.
In this video, you can see two women trekking the mountain while traveling around Fukushima Oze.

Hiking at Fukushima Oze

Image of Ozenuma, Fukushima Prefecture
Photo:Lake Ozenuma, Fukushima Prefecture

Walking along the promenade of Fukushima Oze Route, you can enjoy the natural scenery of Japan's four seasons.
Take a shuttle bus to Numayama Pass, the starting point of the Oze Route, and then proceed to the Oe Marsh, which can be seen from 1:15 in the video.

You'll also find seasonal alpine plants, such as skunk cabbage and day lilies, blooming in the Oze Highlands and around Lake Ozenuma in the spring, creating a magnificent view, as shown at 0:51 in the video.

Sightseeing Locations at Fukushima Oze

Image of Ozegahara seen from Hiuchigatake, Fukushima Prefecture
Photo:Ozegahara seen from Hiuchigatake, Fukushima Prefecture

There is a fishing pond full of char in Hinoemata, a village where you can enjoy fishing surrounded by nature.
We definitely recommend stopping by Sanjo Falls, one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.
In Oze, be sure to drop by famous places, such as Hashiba no Banba and Seirou-zukuri Itakura (セイロウ造り板倉), a famous place in Nushiri-daira.
Hinoemata Shrine also has a stage where you can see traditional Hinoemata Kabuki.

The area around Hiuchigatake, one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains​, that can be seen from 1:34 in the video, is another recommended sightseeing route.
Visit the summit of Hiuchigatake from Lake Miike via Hirosawa Tashiro and Kumazawa Tashiro.
After sightseeing in Oze, you can head over to Hiuchi no Yu (燧の湯), a hot spring at the foot of Mt. Hiuchigatake.
There is also an open-air outdoors bath, so you can spend an excellent time bathing while gazing at the vast nature.

Events and Gourmet Food in Oze

Image of a shrine at Mini Oze Park, Fukushima Prefecture
Photo:Shrine at Mini Oze Park, Fukushima Prefecture

The "Fukushima Oze-Hinoemata Mountain Festival" is held every year at Fukushima Oze.
There are hiking tours, outdoor events, stage shows and workshops, and markets where you can shop for outdoor goods, so we recommend lining up your trip to visit Fukushima Oze at the time of this event.

If you're looking to enjoy delicious food in Oze, we recommend Aizu's famous mountain dish, "Tachi-soba."
At Mini Oze Park, you can buy a mysterious dessert called "salamander gelato" (サンショウウオジェラート).

Summary of Fukushima Oze

Image of Fukushima Oze, Fukushima Prefecture
Photo:Fukushima Oze, Fukushima Prefecture

Oze, with its abundance of nature, is closed in the winter due to the cold weather, but is a great tourist attraction for hiking in the warmer months.
In addition to beautiful natural spots like the ones shown in the video, there are also spots where you can enjoy traditional performing arts and local cuisine, so be sure to check it out!

Written By
Aug. 13, 2021
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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