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Oze National Park.

Photo: Kikuko Takada. Creative Commons

Oze to become Japan’s 29th national park

The Ministry of Environment revealed on Saturday that it will officially announce the Oze area is to become its own independent national park in the governmental bulletin Kanpo on August 30, the Asahi Shimbun reports.

Oze National Park, which currently is a part of the Nikko Natioanl Park, will become Japan’s 29th national park and the first new one in 20 years, after the designation of Hokkaido’s Kushiro wetlands as a national park in 1987.

The Oze National Park will cover a 37,200 hectare area which stretches over Gunma, Fukushima, Tochigi and Niigata prefectures.

Oze is famous for its wetlands and the scenic mountains surrounding it.

Photos: Kikuko Takada, Joshua Jabbour. Used under Creative Commons license.

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