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Senjyogahara Day Hike (23Jun2013)

Senjyogahara Hike
Senjyogahra (戦場ヶ原): Tochigi prefecture


I wanted to plan to hike the wetlands. The first idea entered my brain was Ozegahara, but it was too late to see the famous skunk cabbages. The second idea was Senjyogahara.

We chose Senjyogahara because (1) it was not best timing to see skunk cabbages, (2) less walking time compared to Ozegahara seemed good for my daughter, and trail of Senjyogahara itself was good in condition, and (4) I thought my daughter was able to get back to nature such as a moor and a river.


There was an observation deck for enjoying views of Senjyogahara in front of Sanbongi parking space. My daughter wanted to check the view. Our hiking stared at the observation deck.

Senjyogahara from the observation deck
Senjyogahara from the observation deck.

We headed to North because the Kotoku entrance looked closer than the Akanuma entrance. We walked along a road to Kotoku entrance.

walk along a road
It was scary to walk along a road with hell‐bent cars. (Nantai-san in the picture might protect us?)
We walked among the green tree-tops for a while.
From the entrance, we walked among the green tree-tops for a while.
It is the moor!
A straight wooden pavement is very nice!

There is a biography that gave the name to Senjyogahara. According to the biography, the God of Futara (二荒神), transformed himself into a giant snake, and the God of Akagi (赤城神), transformed herself into a giant centipede, fought over the proprietary rights of Lake Chuzenji (中禅寺湖) at this place. The battlefield (‘Senjyo’ in Japanese) was called Senjyogahara after this.

Senjyogahara is a quit place. Hikers can enjoy a song of birds and insects. I couldn’t even guess the battle (it’s a biography, though) while hiking Senjyogahara.

there is a swamp
Swamp, trees, mountains and blue sky – we fully enjoyed nature.
wooden path and Mt. Nantai
A straight wooden pavement looks leading to Mt. Nantai.
observation spot
There are some observation spots.
a cicada
We found a cicada although it was June.

We realized that Senjyogahara was a good place for enjoying nature. Moreover, it was easy for hiking. My daughter told me that “I want to come back here”. I thought she liked Senjyogahara.

Route & Time

Hike date: June 23, 2013
Members: Family (farther, mother and 5-year-old daughter)
Course time:
9:20 Sanbonmatsu – 9:43 entrance of Izumiyadoike-Kotoku path – 10:02 branch – 10:07 (lunch time) 10:27 – 11:18 Akanuma – 11:33 Sanbonmatsu

[1] There are parking lot, shops and restroom at Sanbonmatsu.
Izumiyadoike-Kotoku path (泉門池光徳線歩道)
[2] The entrance of Izumiyadoike-Kotoku path.
rest place at Senjyogahara
[3] Tables/benches are available at the rest spot. It is crowded at lunch time, so you may have to wait for a while to get the place.
view from observation spot
[4] The view of an observation spot. There are several observation spots in Senjyogahara.

Access using public transportation

Public transportation to Senjyogahara
Public transportation to senjyogahara

Area Information

Hot bath after hiking

hot bath - image

Oku-Nikko-Kogen Hotel
1,000 yen/adult
TEL: 0288-62-2121
located in Nikko Yumoto Onsen



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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.