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The Best Hiking Trails in Japan

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  • 2014-04-20 武尊山

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    near Tatsuiwa, Gunma (Japan)
    Distance
    6.62mi
    Elevation +
    4580f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2014-04-20 武尊山 Photo of2014-04-20 武尊山 Photo of2014-04-20 武尊山

    Day hike to Hotaka-yama, Gunma prefecture. Until few days earlier the forecast was rain but it changed to clouds so with a slight hope we might be above the clouds there was no longer anything holding us back. On o...

  • 2013-10-14 谷川岳

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    near Doai, Gunma Prefecture (Japan)
    Distance
    14.50mi
    Elevation +
    8104f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo of2013-10-14 谷川岳 Photo of2013-10-14 谷川岳 Photo of2013-10-14 谷川岳

    Long hike in Tanigawa The day finally came, after waiting for more than 6 months, to get to Tanigawa and it didn't disappoint. Considering that I'm limited to day-hikes and that it's about 4 hours to get there by trai...

  • Yamanobe no Michi (Miwa-Nagara)

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    near Miwa, Nara (Japan)
    Distance
    6.11mi
    Elevation +
    610f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofYamanobe no Michi (Miwa-Nagara) Photo ofYamanobe no Michi (Miwa-Nagara) Photo ofYamanobe no Michi (Miwa-Nagara)

    Yamanobe no Michi is Japan's oldest road. Ir follows on the foothills of Nara among rice paddies, orchards, farms, imperial tombs, and many temples and shrines. The trails is much longer but Japan is not a country for hi...

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  • Osugitani Gorge 大杉谷渓谷

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    near Ōsugi, Mie (Japan)
    Distance
    14.88mi
    Elevation +
    3924f
    TrailRank
    64
    Photo ofOsugitani Gorge 大杉谷渓谷 Photo ofOsugitani Gorge 大杉谷渓谷 Photo ofOsugitani Gorge 大杉谷渓谷

    Super beautiful and diverse trail; uncountable waterfalls, beautiful nature; the trail is very well signed so that you can’t get lost and become aware of the dangerous parts, many chains support the hike; please note tha...

  • Mount Ena Kami-seinaiji

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    near Kami-seinaiji, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    6.04mi
    Elevation +
    2493f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofMount Ena Kami-seinaiji Photo ofMount Ena Kami-seinaiji Photo ofMount Ena Kami-seinaiji

    Mount Ena Kami-seinaiji A beautiful trail, really a difficult walk, with many climbs and descents with a lot of inclination and difficulty. This time we didn't make it to the end.

  • near Funatsu, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    4.34mi
    Elevation +
    443f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofFujikawaguchiko 富士河口湖町 Photo ofFujikawaguchiko 富士河口湖町 Photo ofFujikawaguchiko 富士河口湖町

    Lake Kawaguchiko Lake Kawaguchiko (河口湖) is the most easily accessible of the Fuji Five Lakes with train and direct bus connections to Tokyo. A hot spring resort town with various tourist attractions and views of Mount...

  • near Narusawa, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    4.91mi
    Elevation +
    4111f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofKentoku-san 乾徳山 (from bus stop to Kogen-Hütte) Photo ofKentoku-san 乾徳山 (from bus stop to Kogen-Hütte) Photo ofKentoku-san 乾徳山 (from bus stop to Kogen-Hütte)

    Very beautiful and adventurous trail with uncountable spots to see Mt. Fuji and the surroundings; the trail is very well signed so that you can’t get lost; at some parts, you have to climb but there are always chains to ...

  • near Ōtsuki, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    6.56mi
    Elevation +
    3133f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo ofGozen-yama 御前山 and Kuki-yama 九鬼山 Photo ofGozen-yama 御前山 and Kuki-yama 九鬼山 Photo ofGozen-yama 御前山 and Kuki-yama 九鬼山

    Very scenic and not so difficult trail; great view from Gozen-yama even on Fuji-san; Start at Saruhashi Stn. on the Chuo Line and finish at Tanokura Stn. on the Fuji-kyuko Line; as the Fuji-kyuko Line is a quite minor li...

  • 2013-07-07 大滝&大岳

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    near Hikawa, Tōkyō (Japan)
    Distance
    7.39mi
    Elevation +
    7343f
    TrailRank
    62
    Photo of2013-07-07 大滝&大岳 Photo of2013-07-07 大滝&大岳 Photo of2013-07-07 大滝&大岳

    Hike along waterfalls in the sweltering heat of Japanese summer. NB: the GPS data got compromised so I uploaded the track I downloaded and intended to follow, however the actual route differs quite a lot but there is ...

  • near Keage, Kyoto (Japan)
    Distance
    6.84mi
    Elevation +
    1388f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo ofSentiero del filosofo - isshu trail Photo ofSentiero del filosofo - isshu trail Photo ofSentiero del filosofo - isshu trail

    Sentiero del filosofo - isshu trail percorso che parte dal sentiero del filosofo, bellissimo da percorrere durante la fioritura dei ciliegi, per poi proseguire in un tratto dentro il bosco. Percorso è ben segnalato, con ...

  • near Shirasu, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    19.86mi
    Elevation +
    13471f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo of2015-10-10 甲斐駒ケ岳-鳳凰三山縦走 Photo of2015-10-10 甲斐駒ケ岳-鳳凰三山縦走 Photo of2015-10-10 甲斐駒ケ岳-鳳凰三山縦走

    Long hike to Kaikomagatake and Houousan. Improvement of several personal records. 1) 4106m positive elevation change (about 1000m more than previous record) 2) 26:10 map time course done in 1 day (about 7h more than p...

  • 2015-02-01 大菩薩嶺

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    near Banya, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    9.17mi
    Elevation +
    5282f
    TrailRank
    61
    Photo of2015-02-01 大菩薩嶺 Photo of2015-02-01 大菩薩嶺 Photo of2015-02-01 大菩薩嶺

    Winter hike at Daibosatsurei on a cold February day. After snowfalls 2 days earlier I was curious to see how much snow had piled up on the trail. The weather was to be windy the whole week-end so I thought there might...

  • Nakasendo: Magome to Tsumago

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    near Magome, Gifu (Japan)
    Distance
    5.52mi
    Elevation +
    909f
    TrailRank
    60| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofNakasendo: Magome to Tsumago Photo ofNakasendo: Magome to Tsumago Photo ofNakasendo: Magome to Tsumago

    Short hiking trail from the small town of Magome to Tsumag at Gifu province, Honshu island, central Japan. This hiking is a small part of the ancient trail Nakasendo which connected small post-towns called "shukuba" wher...

    Great walk , very easy, hard to get lost.
    Barry Teperman
  • Sounkyo Gorge to Asahidake Onsen

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    near Sounkyo Gorge, Hokkaido (Japan)
    Distance
    11.76mi
    Elevation +
    5666f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofSounkyo Gorge to Asahidake Onsen Photo ofSounkyo Gorge to Asahidake Onsen Photo ofSounkyo Gorge to Asahidake Onsen

    Very scenic trail, super beautiful! I took the ropeway and lift to safe about 3 hrs of climbing (¥ 1,900) and the ropeway at Asahidake (¥ 2,000), however, there are also trails so that you can walk the whole way if you h...

  • near Tatsuechō, Tokushima (Japan)
    Distance
    17.86mi
    Elevation +
    3442f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofShikoku 88 Temples// from T19 to past T21 Photo ofShikoku 88 Temples// from T19 to past T21 Photo ofShikoku 88 Temples// from T19 to past T21

    A killer day, long distance with two very challenging twin mountains, not so high but very steep climb and steep downhill… At the end it was all worth it , such beautiful area and beautiful temples!

  • Climb to mount Mitsutoge

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    near Onuma, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    9.93mi
    Elevation +
    4163f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofClimb to mount Mitsutoge Photo ofClimb to mount Mitsutoge Photo ofClimb to mount Mitsutoge

    Climb to mount Mitsutoge. From the train station to the pagoda, from where you can return by bus or train. The trail is hard if you are unprepered, we took our time and did a lot of photoes.

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