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Hiking in Japan

Hiking in Japan

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Trip ideas for trekking and hiking in Japan

  • Off the beaten track
Sawara festival
Length 7 days Approx. $2,070
  • Off the beaten track
Hopping Tokyo's Eleven Islands
Length 8 days Approx. $1,410
  • Off the beaten track
The golden route and Samurai craft
Length 12 days Approx. $3,800
  • Adventure
Multi-activity tour of Japans adventurous countryside
Length 13 days Approx. $5,680

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Is Japan the right destination for you?

A holiday in Japan is often the trip of a lifetime. Not only is this country very far from us and remains costly, but it is also a completely different culture and it will delight your senses. Japan fascinates all travellers that enter the country, and you will likely be enchanted as well. You will discover the best-kept traditions are mixed with the ultra-modern technologies. You will meet graceful Japanese women wearing Kimono or Yukata and you... A holiday in Japan is often the trip of a lifetime. Not only is this country very far from us and remains costly, but it is also a completely different culture and it will delight your senses. Japan fascinates all travellers that enter the country, and you will likely be enchanted as well. You will discover the best-kept traditions are mixed with the ultra-modern technologies. You will meet graceful Japanese women wearing Kimono or Yukata and you will encounter the most technologically developed gadgets... Visiting Japan is also a culinary odyssey, and you will the many ways of eating fish. All your sens will be bewildered during your trip to Japan! See more
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Start planning your Japan hiking adventure

On a hiking trip to Japan expect to see extraordinary mountain landscapes, spectacular nature trails, and ancient temples. Discover the allure of this unique country while exploring astonishing sites from Mount Fuji to the Japanese Alps. Plus, hiking offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in rich Japanese cultural and historical traditions, including its thermal baths and legendary cuisine.

What makes Japan a great destination for hiking?

Japan is filled with mountainous landscapes including snow-topped summits and towering volcanic peaks, making it a hiker's playground. Its extensive, well-maintained trails make it a fantastic destination for any trekking enthusiast. The Japanese have a proud hiking tradition, and are generally enthusiastic and helpful with their fellow hikers, making this an easy destination for walking long distances.

The best places to go hiking in Japan

Japan offers an abundance of adventurous hiking options, no matter the season or your ability level. Here are a few of the top picks for some of the best hikes in Japan.

Experience the Japanese Alps

This series of mountain ranges in central Honshu features the Akaishi, Kiso, and Hida Mountains. One particularly exciting hiking option is the Kamikochi Valley, with its gorgeous highland setting. Enjoy its largely undeveloped environment and gaze at the surrounding peaks and rivers.

Discover the Shiretoko Peninsula

Located on Hokkaido, this is Japan's easternmost point. Trek the many trails that surround its various peaks, or go for a more sedate hike in the Five Lakes area. You'll have a chance to spot sea ice in winter, and swim under waterfalls in summer.

Take a spring hike in Daisetsuzan National Park

Hokkaido's tallest mountain, Daisetsuzan, is snowcapped for much of the year. It’s an ideal hiking destination after the spring thaw, giving you the chance to see the dense forests, clear lakes, and hot springs covering this rugged area.

Join the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage

The Kumano area is a popular pilgrimage site in Japan, linked by a network of trails. These routes are filled with shrines that have played a significant role in Japan's spiritual heritage. Join in one of Asia's most famous spiritual journeys to get an alternative perspective on this fascinating country.

Go off the beaten path on Yakushima

The world-famous ancient cedar forests on Yakushima are a stunning place for a stroll. Home to a national park, the area is only accessed by boat or plane but is well worth the journey. Hikers can experience a variety of landscapes, from steep mountains to subtropical beaches and coral reefs.

Tips for planning a hiking tour in Japan

Hiking in Japan is a safe and fun experience, but some planning is necessary to help you have a great time. As many of the country's trails are popular with local hikers, avoid hiking on national holidays and weekends for a quieter experience. Some trails and accommodation require reservations in advance, so check ahead for availability. Many trails are easily accessible by public transport, so consider doing as the locals do and taking the train or bus there.

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