For those who want to forget city's busy life and enjoy vast and various nature, Oze National Park must be one of the best choices. You can find various geographical features such as mountains, rivers, ponds, marshlands and valleys in one place. The air is refreshing and flowers are beautiful. Morning mists and evening mists create spectacular views.
And especially in autumn, Oze National Park enjoys people in two kinds of autumn colors. One is a sea of golden grass spreading through the entire marshlands. The other is red, yellow and orange leaves surrounding the marshlands. Both of them are authentically beautiful, and invite tens of thousands of people from all around Japan.
Oze National Park is designated as a special natural treasure. In order to protect and sustain the precious environment, they are making unbelievable efforts.
This is why Oze is often referred to as a symbol of Japan's conservation of nature. Now, let's see how Oze looks like in autumn 2014 through 27 impressive photos!
Let's start walking from Oshimizu, a starting point located in the southern east of Oze. A perfectly clear sky lets you expect something awesome here.
This is a path from Oshimizu to Ozenuma Pond, one of the main touring spots of Oze National Park. Warm sunlight is so refreshing.
You will find wooden paths like this throughout Oze National Park. It is easy to walk on, and helps you to sustain the environment.
Some of the wooden paths are replaced by stairs like this. You will like this, too.
If you go your way to Ozenuma Pond, these autumn colors suddenly appear and enjoy you for long.
You will feel as if you were purified only by being here.
This big tree with autumn colors will surely amaze you while passing it.
I went to Mt. Senjougatake to see autumn colors 2 weeks ago. And the autumn colors were mainly yellow there. But here, the main color is orange! So vivid and attractive.
After enjoying autumn colors, you will see Ozenuma Pond, which looks unbelievably blue in sunny days.
The water of Ozenuma Pond was mysteriously blue. You will realize that everything around the pond looks a little bluish while walking here. So lovely.
You might think that a sea of golden grass was only available in Ozegahara Marshland. But in the east side of Ozenuma Pond, it was.
It was about to be the sunset time. Once you looked back at the east, a sea of golden grass was shining thanks to strong light from the sunset.
Now, the sun is sinking into the mountain ridge. The pond was reflecting the light and created the orange lines.
Even after the sun hided itself, its orange light decorated the sky and created awe-inspiring view. Now, you are going into the night time. But this is not the end. This is the start of fantastic time!
I encountered the awesome milky way for the second time this month. I really love this. And I hope you love this, too.
By the way, I have one bad news and one good news to tell you. The bad news was that the moon appeared and the milky way disappeared soon. Some of the small stars also disappeared. The good new was that the moon was so bright that I could walk even without light! Let's see starscape of Oze lit by the bright moon.
Here's the starscape of Ozenuma Pond. It looked as if it were a scenery of mythology...
After walking from Ozenuma Pond to Ozegahara Marshland, uncountable stars welcome you with autumn colors. It was 2-hour-walk on the moutain trail. Even though this trail is relatively easier than the other trails, please note that you need to be very careful when you walk at night.
Now, you are at Touden Oze Bridge. Stars, autumn colors, river and bridge... It is just gorgeous!
A white tree was standing high towards the starry sky. You will miss it forever...
There is a hut named Touden Hut. It is late at night so you can't enter it now. Maybe next time.
The last photo from this night walk was Yoppi Bridge. There was a faint mist in the sky, which created an wondrous atmosphere.
As soon as the sun appeared in the next morning, you will notice that the severe frost decorated the maple leaves. This is why many of the paths were sparkling by headlights at night.
Severe coldness of night and water from the marshlands seemed to have created this frost. Then, the frost must be seen in other places, too. You will find the beautiful combination of frost and Japanese pampas grass over there. It is an early arrival of silvery white.
This was just amazing. There is a sea of silvery white grass. This beautiful frost seems to be available only this month as it starts to snow in November.
The sun rose up high. The frost disappeared. As you look around Ozegahara Marshland, many visitors are enjoying their hike under the bright sunshine.
It was sad to say that you now need to go back. Thanks for giving this wonderful moment, Oze.
By the way, there is a waterfall called Sanjou-no-taki Waterfall in the north of Ozegahara Marshland. It takes around 1-2 hours on foot. It is huge and overwhelming with over 100m height. If you have enough time, please visit this awesome waterfall, too.
Refreshing sunlight, red yellow and orange leaves, sea of golden grass, blue pond, magnificent marshlands, starry sky, silvery white and huge waterfall. Vast and various nature is looking forward to meeting you!