Senjyogahara Day Hike (23Jun2013)
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.
We headed to North because the Kotoku entrance looked closer than the Akanuma entrance. We walked along a road to Kotoku entrance.
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.
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)
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
Access using public transportation
Hot bath after hiking
located in Nikko Yumoto Onsen