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Day 5 – Mountain Spirits Tohoku Tour

After an early breakfast, we hike through the Oze Marshland to the Oze-ga-hara area where boardwalks are laid out amongst the marshes. We continue to the northern edge of the marsh, where a bus will take us through a long valley to Okutadani lake and a boat ride to the opposite side. Another short bus ride will bring us to Tochiomata hot spring, where we stay in a lovely traditional Ryokan, enjoying a dip or two in the open-air hot spring baths.

Walking distance: 16km / 10 miles

Elevation gain: 250m / 820 feet ascent; 150m / 490 feet descent
Time required: 6 hours