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Mt. Aizu-Komagatake: Round Trip from the Takizawa Trailhead

A Superb Summit View of Wetlands and Ponds.
  • Duration
    2Days / 8.5Hours
    Highest Point
    2133m
    Elevation Gain
    1204m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Aizu-Komagatake in southern Fukushima Prefecture’s Oze National Park has been selected as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains.
The large wetland near the summit is dotted with many ponds including Komano-Ohike Pond.
The relatively short round trip route showcased here starts from the Takizawa Trailhead. It takes you as far as Mt. Chumon-dake to the north of Mt. Aizu-Komagatake while enjoying wooden walkways through the wetlands.

From the Komagatake Trailhead, start walking along the paved forestry road. It's about a 30-minute hike from there to the Takizawa Trailhead where there's a parking lot for hikers who have come by car. On the way, you take a shortcut up a trail through broadleaf forest before rejoining the forestry road.

From the Takizawa Trailhead, ascend the steep wooden stairs and then a steep trail through broadleaf forest. About two hours out from the Komagatake Trailhead, you'll reach an open area with water access. From there you ascend rather gently through a conifer forest belt with a lush understory of bamboo grass.

When you arrive at an area with wooden walkways, the conifers and shrubs you pass through will be punctuated with wetlands. About 3.5 hours out from the Komagatake Trailhead, you’ll pass over a small peak and arrive at the Koma-no-koya mountain hut at the edge of Koma-no-Oike Pond. Spend the night here.

The next day you'll hike the boardwalk through a bamboo grass field, and about 20 minutes out from Koma-no-koya you'll reach the summit of Mt. Aizu-Komagatake. From there you proceed along a boardwalk over a large ridge through a marshland dotted with ponds. You’ll arrive at Mt. Chumon-dake in about 50 minutes.

Blooming alpine plants in the wetlands around Mt. Aizu-Komagatake and Mt. Chumon-dake can be seen from late June to August. The wetland's autumnal grasses turn colors from the middle of September to the beginning of October.

Return the way you came.

Other Info

The area around Mt. Aizu-Komagatake gets heavy snowfall. Its relatively gentle topography makes it a popular mountain for skiing from the end of December to the beginning of April.

Lots of skiers ascend via nearly the same route described and then ski down. When it snows, you need to be careful not to go astray from the route when descending.

Notes

You should book in advance to secure a spot to stay at Koma-no-koya as capacity is limited. They don't offer meals. While they sell beverages, alcohol, packaged food, and rent small stoves, it's a good idea to bring your own comestibles and cooking gear.
Camping is prohibited.

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Height (m)
Horizontal Distance (km)

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Duration
2Days / 8.5Hours
Highest Point
2133m(Mt. Aizu Komagatake)
Elevation Gain
1204m
Horizontal Distance
13.8Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

Sleeping

Koma-no-koya

Eating

Oze no Sato Koryu Center "Mizubasho"

Hot-Springs

Aruza-oze no Sato

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Access

This hike is in southern Fukushima Prefecture. From Asakusa Station, take the Tobu Railway's Kinugawa Line or the Yagan Railway's Tokyuu express train for Aizukogen-Ozeguchi Station (approx. 3 hours).
From there take Aizu Bus's Oze Express (Oze Kyuko Bus) to the Komagatake Trailhead (approx. 1.5 hours).

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