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  • Nakasendo #1

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    near Magome, Gifu (Japan)
    Distance
    5.09mi
    Elevation +
    886f
    TrailRank
    68
    Photo ofNakasendo #1 Photo ofNakasendo #1 Photo ofNakasendo #1

    April 2019. Last chance before the big pandemics and a life to celebrate. Out to Japan to see the Sakura, and to walk parts of the Nakasendo trail (aka Kisokaido https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakasendo) the old road thro...

  • 2014-09-14 日光白根山

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    near Yumoto, Tochigi (Japan)
    Distance
    8.00mi
    Elevation +
    5033f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo of2014-09-14 日光白根山 Photo of2014-09-14 日光白根山 Photo of2014-09-14 日光白根山

    Day hike to Nikko-Shirane We started too late and it was already light when we got to Chuzenjiko and there was just some disappearing pink patches in the clouds above Nantaisan when we got to the parking lot. The t...

  • Nakasendo #4b-5

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    near Shinkaruizawa, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    12.75mi
    Elevation +
    1207f
    TrailRank
    67
    Photo ofNakasendo #4b-5 Photo ofNakasendo #4b-5 Photo ofNakasendo #4b-5

    April 2019. Last chance before the big pandemics and a life to celebrate. Out to Japan to see the Sakura, and to walk parts of the Nakasendo trail (aka Kisokaido https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakasendo) the old road thro...

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  • near Koguchi, Wakayama (Japan)
    Distance
    8.89mi
    Elevation +
    4016f
    TrailRank
    67| Rating 4.67
    Photo ofKoguchi - Nachi Taisha (Kumano Kodo, Ogumotori-goe section) Photo ofKoguchi - Nachi Taisha (Kumano Kodo, Ogumotori-goe section) Photo ofKoguchi - Nachi Taisha (Kumano Kodo, Ogumotori-goe section)

    This part of Kumano Kodo was the most strenuous of the three we did (the others were: from Yunomine Onsen to Kumano Hongu Taisha, and from Ukegawa to Koguchi). It starts in the village of Koguchi, no far from the conveni...

    Gracias por compartirla, nos ha ayudado mucho. Solo un cambio, por un terremoto hay un desvío de 40 min más.
    Luigi Lopez
  • Kōyasan

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    near Kōyasan, Wakayama (Japan)
    Distance
    8.62mi
    Elevation +
    892f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo ofKōyasan Photo ofKōyasan Photo ofKōyasan

    Trail along the main attractions of Kōyasan. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4900.html You must not miss the Tokugawa mausoleum, the Okonoin cementery with its temple and the Kongobujin temple with its rock garden. The ...

  • near Hirose, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    9.31mi
    Elevation +
    5197f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2013-04-29  甲武信ヶ岳 (2475m) Photo of2013-04-29  甲武信ヶ岳 (2475m) Photo of2013-04-29  甲武信ヶ岳 (2475m)

    Day hike to Kobushigatake Access by bus: http://www.city.koshu.yamanashi.jp/kurashi/files/20130325/窪平・西沢渓谷線.pdf Campsite website: http://www.fuefukigoya.com/ryoukin.html After a quite cold night (2 degrees in my...

  • near Fukakusa, Kyoto (Japan)
    Distance
    6.60mi
    Elevation +
    2270f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo ofFushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 Photo ofFushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 Photo ofFushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社

    Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha) is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. ...

  • 2015-05-23 甲斐駒ケ岳

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    near Shirasu, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    11.80mi
    Elevation +
    8058f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2015-05-23 甲斐駒ケ岳 Photo of2015-05-23 甲斐駒ケ岳 Photo of2015-05-23 甲斐駒ケ岳

    Day climb to Kaikomagatake We got to the parking lot before 白州観光尾白キャンプ場 around 22:40 and based on the fair weather and the 2 hours left before rising time we slept without tent. We started at 1:04 and had only 3 hours...

  • 2014-11-16 鳳凰三山

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    near Nirasaki, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    11.41mi
    Elevation +
    8136f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2014-11-16 鳳凰三山 Photo of2014-11-16 鳳凰三山 Photo of2014-11-16 鳳凰三山

    Day hike to Houousanzan. It has been more than 18 months since I first set my eyes on this mountain, yet each time I planned a trip there something came up and it was cancelled. This time, maybe the 5th attempt prov...

  • 2014-07-20 谷川岳

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    near Doai, Gunma (Japan)
    Distance
    10.13mi
    Elevation +
    5285f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2014-07-20 谷川岳 Photo of2014-07-20 谷川岳 Photo of2014-07-20 谷川岳

    Day hike to Tanigawa-dake. The rode the first train to Dai station, reaching there at 8:33. There are very few trains after Minakami (about 1 every 3 hours) and normally from my place in Tokyo I can't reach it even wi...

  • 2014-04-12 四阿山

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    near Higashi-gumi, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    8.32mi
    Elevation +
    3793f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2014-04-12 四阿山 Photo of2014-04-12 四阿山 Photo of2014-04-12 四阿山

    Day hike at Azumayasan This time I had some time constraints and could not make it a long hike. Since I was to be in Gunma by 5 PM, I considered the options I had for a snow hike with "light equipment" and set for Azu...

  • 2014-03-22 赤城山

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    near Miyozawa, Gunma (Japan)
    Distance
    15.11mi
    Elevation +
    5171f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2014-03-22 赤城山 Photo of2014-03-22 赤城山 Photo of2014-03-22 赤城山

    Day hike to Akagi It's been a very long time I'm familiar with the shape of Akagi for it's visible from my in-law's. The strange thing is that I waited so long before going there. This time my plan was faulty as I fa...

  • 2013-11-09 赤岳

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    near Kokkai, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    10.79mi
    Elevation +
    6621f
    TrailRank
    66
    Photo of2013-11-09 赤岳 Photo of2013-11-09 赤岳 Photo of2013-11-09 赤岳

    Day hike to Akadake with a bit of snow and many chains. Access: From Kobuchizawa station take road 11 and 520 all the way to 天女山 car park. The road is very wide and well maintained, the car park is equally clean and a...

  • near Kami-seinaiji, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    7.02mi
    Elevation +
    2592f
    TrailRank
    65
    Photo ofMt. Ena MisakaTouge Route/ 恵那山 神坂峠ルート Photo ofMt. Ena MisakaTouge Route/ 恵那山 神坂峠ルート Photo ofMt. Ena MisakaTouge Route/ 恵那山 神坂峠ルート

    I couldn't reach the summit. Both knees so hurt, I was difficult situation to walk. But strangers help me so I could go down. I can't thank you too much! If I had not met you, I'm still in the mountain.. 私は頂上へたどり着けませんでし...

  • near Shinden, Kanagawa (Japan)
    Distance
    6.13mi
    Elevation +
    3734f
    TrailRank
    65| Rating 3.0
    Photo of2014-10-19 Louis et Papa à 大山 Photo of2014-10-19 Louis et Papa à 大山 Photo of2014-10-19 Louis et Papa à 大山

    Today's objective was to climb the 1100m from Hinata bus stop to Ooyama, with Louis in the backpack otherwise it would have been way too easy. From Hinata there were just a handful of hikers, there is a long road sect...

    This trail is not too difficult for beginner. There is no clear sign in some path. Need to follow the route in applicati...
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  • near Miyajima, Hiroshima (Japan)
    Distance
    9.31mi
    Elevation +
    3107f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofItsukushima 厳島 (Miyajima 宮島) Photo ofItsukushima 厳島 (Miyajima 宮島) Photo ofItsukushima 厳島 (Miyajima 宮島)

    The centuries-old Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社, Itsukushima Jinja) on Miyajima is the source of both the island's fame and its name. Formally named Itsukushima, the island is more popularly known as "Miyajima", literally "sh...

  • Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺

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    near Gion, Kyoto (Japan)
    Distance
    4.86mi
    Elevation +
    1493f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofKiyomizu-dera 清水寺 Photo ofKiyomizu-dera 清水寺 Photo ofKiyomizu-dera 清水寺

    Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally "Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the ...

  • 2015-02-15 三ツ峠山

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    near Funatsu, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    11.75mi
    Elevation +
    6316f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2015-02-15 三ツ峠山 Photo of2015-02-15 三ツ峠山 Photo of2015-02-15 三ツ峠山

    Snow hike at Mitsutoge From Kawaguchiko station the trail is almost flat with a clear trace all the way, some icy stretches but easily negotiable. We put on 6-point crampons around midway when traverses sent Y-san a b...

  • 2014-10-12 大菩薩嶺

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    near Banya, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    18.88mi
    Elevation +
    9098f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2014-10-12 大菩薩嶺 Photo of2014-10-12 大菩薩嶺 Photo of2014-10-12 大菩薩嶺

    Day hike to Daibosatsurei I had this trail in mind for more than a year already but suddenly decided to go for it 2 days before. I tend to always prioritize uphill but I decided to take the bus to Daibosatsu toge toz...

  • 2014-05-17 妙義山縦走

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    near Matsuida, Gunma (Japan)
    Distance
    5.35mi
    Elevation +
    4491f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2014-05-17 妙義山縦走 Photo of2014-05-17 妙義山縦走 Photo of2014-05-17 妙義山縦走

    Day hike to Myogi-san We pitched the tents at Michi no eki, it is just at the foot of the mountain and so quite convenient. The drawback is that there is a lot of traffic and it is very noisy.
From there one can see t...

  • 2014-04-27 浅間山

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    near Komoro, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    10.70mi
    Elevation +
    5276f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2014-04-27 浅間山 Photo of2014-04-27 浅間山 Photo of2014-04-27 浅間山

    Day hike to Asamayama We came by car and this time I didn't pay attention to the road because it wasn't my plan. We reached the parking lot in front of Asamayama sanso shortly before 8 AM. On our way we had a wonderfu...

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