Oze National Park is a special protection area.
The following tips will help all visitors continue to enjoy Oze in its pristine state for years to come.
The most basic point is that all access is on foot.
There are no cars or other motorized vehicles allowed inside Oze.
Prepare for a variety of weather! Spring and autumn can be surprisingly cold, and so can mornings and evenings in summer with temperatures routinely below 10℃/50F. Pack long sleeves, pants, rain gears, and a hat.
You'll be walking everywhere you go in Oze, so wear comfortable trekking shoes or boots. Make sure the soles are thick enough to protect your feet from rocks, roots, and such.
Bring a flashlight and plenty of water. Snacks are a good idea, too. Consider also picking up a guidebook and a map, though signs in the park point the way. Be sure you can put everything into one backpack, maybe with subbags such as a hip bag and a musette bag, leaving your hands free when you walk.
There's no worse way to see a national park than on a tight schedule. Leave lots of time in your plan for stopping, looking, listening, waiting out bad weather, and so on.
There is no trash can in Oze. Whatever you bring in, please take out yourself.
Don't leave the wooden planks to make a trail of your own. One reason Oze is so pristine with wide open marshland is that everybody stays on the wooden planks provided. Restoring damaged marsh is not easy and takes such a long time. So, please stay on the boardwalks, refrain from collecting plants and animals, and leave your pets at home.
Plan to arrive at the place you'll stay by 4:00 p.m. Sunset comes sooner to the mountains than many people think, and you don't want to be caught feeling your way along forest boardwalks in the dark.
It's customary to share rooms at mountain huts. During less busy season we can often accommodate requests for a private room, but there's no guarantee. In busy season, we usually assign one person to a bed or a one-tatami area where he/she sleeps on a futon. The toilets and sinks are shared as well, in public area down the hall in separate from your room(s). A tatami is a traditional mat made of woven straw. The standard size is 1.53 square meters (16.47 square feet). Be sure to take off your slippers before stepping on tatami mats. Most westerners come to like tatami quickly because they breathe well, are comfortable, regulate temperature by insulating against cold and absorbing heat, and fill a room with the natural smell of straw.
As a measure to protect the environment, we ask you to refrain from using soap, shampoo, or toothpaste at huts in Oze. There's plenty of fresh water, and we want to keep it that way. Therefore, please be prepared to wash up and brush your teeth with water only.
Lights are turned off at 21:00. Departure early in the morning is a principle at a mountain. So, many people go to sleep early. Please give them consideration.
In early mornig as you make preparation for departure, please do it as
quietly as possible, for not disturbing others still in sleep.
By 8:00AM. Enjoy the beauty of Oze and have a great day!