Wilderness Woven by Water: Oze & Adatara





Oze & Bandai-Asahi National Parks

Main Activity:

Trekking / Cultural Activity



Leave the city behind and retreat into the rugged wilderness of north Japan.

Starting in ‘Oku-Aizu’ (lit.‘deep’ Aizu) you’ll spend 5 days and 5 nights in coexistence with nature, in an environment both volatile in temperament yet generous in blessings. After conquering the mountains and marshes of Oze, meet the courageous ‘yumori’ (hot-spring guardians) of Dake Onsen as you climb Mt. Adatara, before soaking in a natural hot-spring river that carves through a dramatic volcanic valley!


What’s Included

• 5 nights accommodation
• 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
• All transport and transfers as listed in itinerary
• Some snacks and refreshments
• Travel insurance
• English speaking guides / interpretation

Not included

• Airfares and transport to/from start and end points.
• Personal expenses
• Alcoholic beverages with meals (unless stated otherwise).
• Anything not included in the above included list.




Prepare for the journey ahead by spending the night at a local guesthouse in Hinoemata Village in the foothills of Oze National Park.




Embark on a trek through Oze National Park and spend the evening in a hiker’s hut on the mountain.


Continue the trek through the stunning Ozegahara marshlands.

Explore the Edo period village of Ouchi-juku.


Start the day with by discovering an ‘extreme’ side to hot-spring bathing in a natural hot-spring river!

Visit local sake brewery Himonoya-shuzo and learn how they’ve used local water for centuries to create their popular ‘Senkonari’ sake. Discover the deep connections between water and sake brewing.


Mt. Adatara, known fondly as ‘nipple mountain’ by the locals due to its shape, is one of Japan’s ‘100 Famous Mountains’ and a popular spot for viewing the colourful Autumn foliage. An active volcano, Mt. Adatara is home to several springs that source the baths of various hot-spring villages at its foot, including Dake Onsen.

The highlight of today’s hike is not just the panoramic view from the peak of Adatara, but the journey itself and your unique guide: a local ‘Yumori’.

The ‘Yumori’: Onsen guardians

Have you ever stopped to wonder how it is possible for the mineral-rich hot spring water to continuously flow into the baths of Japanese ryokan inns? At Dake Onsen, the source of the spring is located some 8km deep into the forests of Mt. Adatara. The spring water is so rich in minerals that the pipes from the source of the spring need to be maintained weekly, releasing the build up of sulphur and minerals. A team of local men are entrusted with this laborious task, hiking to the source of the spring every week – sometimes multiple times – even in the height of winter! It is upon the shoulders of the ‘Yumori’ (literally meaning hot spring guardian) that the health of the hot-springs and the livelihood of the town depend.

On the way to the peak of Mt. Adatara, your Yumori guide will show you to the source of the spring and share stories of their experience protecting it. The level of appreciation you’ll have for your relaxing bath at the end of this hike will be second-to-none!


Spend the evening hopping between various local restaurants – including a counter-bar owned by another of the Yumori – just a stone’s throw from your accommodation at Dake Onsen.


On your final day, reflect on your journey whilst enjoying a bonsai workshop with a local shokunin (craftsman) whose works are inspired by the nature of Bandai-Asahi National Park.

In the afternoon, explore the rest of the city, perhaps stopping for a spot of fruit-picking, a ‘Kokeshi Doll’ craft workshop or picking up some souvenirs before heading to your next destination! 

Tour ends at JR Fukushima Station.


Hinoemata Village, Fukushima Prefecture
Five days, five nights
Min 04 - Max 10 pax
Sign-up Deadline
Bookings by request for departure April - Oct.
Cancellation Policy
• Cancelled more than 21 days prior to departure: Zero fees.
• Cancelled between 20 and 8 days prior to departure: 20% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled between 7 days and 48 hours prior to departure: 30% of theTour Price.
• Cancelled between 48 and 24 hours prior to departure :40% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled within 24 hours of departure: 50% of the Tour Price.
• Cancelled on the day of departure: 100% of the Tour Price.
*No refunds will be given after the tour has commenced.*
If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.


Basic Plan

Price 275000

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