If you like to go hiking and want to visit a mountain unknown to most tourists, Odaigahara is a must-visit place for you!
Odaigahara is selected as one of the 100 famous Japanese mountains in Japan for its beauty, history and spiritual culture. With the region of Mt. Omine, it was designated a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 1980.
Annual precipitation on Odaigahara is about 3500mm, one of the highest amounts of precipitation in Japan. The moist weather condition there helped form the primeval forest, a paradise for rare animals and plants.
Odaigahara can be divided into the Nishi-Odai area and the Higashi-Odai area.
Pre-application is required in advance if you want to enter the Nishi-Odai area.
Please note that the hiking course in Nishi-Odai is not for beginners and it is better to be well prepared.
The Higashi-odai area has many good views such as Masakitoge pass, Masakigahara Field and Daijagura.
The path is in good condition and is easy for all levels of hikers.
One of the popular course is the Hidegatake-Daijagura course, which takes 3.5-4h to cover the 8.8km.
Autumn is the best season to hike in Odaigahara for the colorful autumn foliage. Early summer mornings are also a wonderful time to experience the atmosphere and crisp air!
Please pick trail maps up at the Odaigahara Visitor Centre, which is the starting point for various courses.
Near the Visitor Centre, there are restaurants, shops and public toilets.