I won the photo contest again!
It’s my header photo which I took from my hike in Kamikochi.
I didn’t think they’d pick me again given I already won the previous month. I’m even prouder now knowing that the first win wasn’t just a one-time thing.
I probably won’t submit anything this month to give way for other people.
Now, moving on with Oze…
While Kamikochi is an easy, for nature beauty hike, Oze is a moderate to challenging, nature beauty hike.
Sorry folks, I only had a cellphone for taking pictures.
We took the Numayama Toge Pass with elevation of 1700 – 1770 meters.
We headed to the marsh areas where we missed the blooming of skunk cabbage.
It’s still pretty nonetheless.
Can you see the tiny people?
Then stopped at the visitor’s center to admire Lake Ozenuma and Mt. Hiuchigatake.
We then tackled a long walk looping around the lake.
And came back again to ascending hike of 1660 – 1770 meters, all the way up the starting point.
Oze National Park is the largest highland marsh in Japan. Oze is part of Gunma Prefecture.
Even though we missed the skunk cabbages and the sky was covered with clouds, it’s still a great way to explore nature’s beauty in Japan. Better this than sitting in my room, or doing my coursework ( Ooops 😀 ). Plus, it really is a good leg work-out. 😉
If you hear bells dinging from hikers’ bags, it’s not to annoy you. The bells are to avoid unexpected encounter with a bear during the hike through the dense forest. I told our hike guide that I wouldn’t mind having a meeting with a bear. 😀