Trekking and Hiking
Japan’s many mountains of varying height and rate of incline mean that hiking has become a major activity for visitors of all ages. Nothing beats reaching a lookout and drinking in the stunning views of Japan’s natural beauty.
A hike up a mountain is also a great way to enjoy the changing seasons of Japan. From the blossoming flowers in spring and early summer to the leaves turning in autumn, Japan’s mountains offer exquisite scenery.
Every year in July and August, thousands of Japanese and international visitors alike make the climb to the top of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s tallest and most revered mountain. A trip to Fuji-san is a great opportunity to explore the Five Lakes that surround the area, as well as an early morning hike to take in “Diamond Fuji” – the magic moment at dawn when the sun rises over the mountain.
From hiking the remote mountains of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shirakami Sanchi in Aomori and Akita, to the Kamikochi highlands in Nagano (which in winter is a skiing paradise but in other months makes for stunning hiking trails), there is no shortage of mountains to conquer.
For a journey of a more spiritual nature, the annual religious pilgrimage to the 88 Buddhist temples of Shikoku island forms part of a 40-day hike that is as inspiring as it is challenging. Or perhaps walk the spiritual Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, a set of World Heritage listed trails around Wakayama prefecture. The tranquil ambience will carry you away to another world.
Where to go Trekking & Hiking:
• Mt. Fuji
• Shiretoko, Hokkaido
• Shirakami Sanchi
• Mt. Takao, Tokyo
• Oze, Gunma
• Kamikochi, Nagano
• Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route
• Yakushima, Kagoshima