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  • Southern Japanese Alps

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    near Shirasu, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    44.13mi
    Elevation +
    16519f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo ofSouthern Japanese Alps Photo ofSouthern Japanese Alps Photo ofSouthern Japanese Alps

    This was a challenging and interesting traverse of Japan's Southern Alps. It is a variant of the walk described in Lonely Planets Guide to hiking in Japan. The walk included a number of Japans top 100 peaks, woodlands, a...

  • near Yokoo, Tōkyō (Japan)
    Distance
    6.48mi
    Elevation +
    2372f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo of2015-06-13 Louis et Papa à 高水三山 Photo of2015-06-13 Louis et Papa à 高水三山 Photo of2015-06-13 Louis et Papa à 高水三山

    Day hike to Takamizu sanzan with my son. As we got off the train at Mitake station hundreds of hikers were slowly milling towards the gate. I feared for a moment that all this mass of people might be headed to Takamiz...

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  • near Tsuru, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    10.37mi
    Elevation +
    3934f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofTakigo-yama 滝子山 (Hatuskari Stn. - Sasago Stn.) Photo ofTakigo-yama 滝子山 (Hatuskari Stn. - Sasago Stn.) Photo ofTakigo-yama 滝子山 (Hatuskari Stn. - Sasago Stn.)

    Nice trail but nothing special, however, very beautiful, almost 360 degree view from the top and about half of the trail next to small rivers so that you don’t need to carry up so much water (see my pics and comments reg...

  • near Hikawa, Tokyo (Japan)
    Distance
    7.71mi
    Elevation +
    3819f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofGozen-yama, Okutama 御前山 奥多摩 Photo ofGozen-yama, Okutama 御前山 奥多摩 Photo ofGozen-yama, Okutama 御前山 奥多摩

    Not my favorite trail but good if like to work out in the nature. The first part until Gozen-yama is steep and quite boring, except the one viewpoint nothing to mention. And even Mt. Bozen isn’t a mountain you have to ha...

  • near Haimi, Okinawa (Japan)
    Distance
    6.34mi
    Elevation +
    1220f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofNakama-Viewpoint to Mayagusku Waterfall Photo ofNakama-Viewpoint to Mayagusku Waterfall Photo ofNakama-Viewpoint to Mayagusku Waterfall

    Very beautiful but long hike through the lush jungle; the whole trail is signed very well so that you can’t get lost; since I was quite fast better add an hour to the total recorded time; please be aware that you have to...

  • Soranuma-dake 空沼岳

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    near Makomanaigoryō, Hokkaido (Japan)
    Distance
    13.62mi
    Elevation +
    3281f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofSoranuma-dake 空沼岳 Photo ofSoranuma-dake 空沼岳 Photo ofSoranuma-dake 空沼岳

    Quite long and partly muddy trail but very easy to trek, not many steep parts, mostly gently ascending; many beautiful small rivers, two ponds and one little waterfall, perfect for a day hike; access very easy and fast f...

  • The Path of the Lotus

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    near Akishinochō, Nara (Japan)
    Distance
    4.53mi
    Elevation +
    23f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofThe Path of the Lotus Photo ofThe Path of the Lotus Photo ofThe Path of the Lotus

    The lotus flower being a symbol of purity and associated to Buddha, the for main temples of West Nara associate to create this Lotus trail every year when the lotus are in flower between mid June and mid August. This is ...

  • near Kami-furano, Hokkaido (Japan)
    Distance
    11.73mi
    Elevation +
    4984f
    TrailRank
    59
    Photo ofTokachi-dake & Biei-dake, Loop from Hakuginso Photo ofTokachi-dake & Biei-dake, Loop from Hakuginso Photo ofTokachi-dake & Biei-dake, Loop from Hakuginso

    Climbing up Tokachi-dake for my taste a bit too monoton as there are just grey rocks, stones and sand most of the trail; the descent from Biei-dake was much more interesting; the part between the two mountains was quite ...

  • Mount Taisen, Oita, Kyushu

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    near Tano, Oita (Japan)
    Distance
    9.10mi
    Elevation +
    2920f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofMount Taisen, Oita, Kyushu Photo ofMount Taisen, Oita, Kyushu Photo ofMount Taisen, Oita, Kyushu

    Mt. Taisen in Oita prefecture is a part of Kuju Mountains. Which is the highest mountain of Kyushu Land Region. The view of autumn was very nice from the summit and in the trail.

  • near Imagumano, Kyoto (Japan)
    Distance
    3.01mi
    Elevation +
    512f
    TrailRank
    58
    Photo ofKiyomizu-dera to Heian shrine via Higashiyama Photo ofKiyomizu-dera to Heian shrine via Higashiyama Photo ofKiyomizu-dera to Heian shrine via Higashiyama

    NOTE: The triangulation point for Higashiyama (right at the 0.50km mark) is hardly noteworthy, so feel free to skip altogether and head left at the intersection. If you do choose to go, you'll have to backtrack a short d...

  • Mitsu-tōge-yama

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    near Onuma, Yamanashi (Japan)
    Distance
    6.16mi
    Elevation +
    2290f
    TrailRank
    58| Rating 5.0
    Photo ofMitsu-tōge-yama Photo ofMitsu-tōge-yama Photo ofMitsu-tōge-yama

    The best way to see Mount Fuji is not by ascending Mount Fuji but ascending a mountain next to it. This is a very nice hike you can do in 1 day. Start in Mitsu-tōge Station, end in Kawaguchi-ko.

    Very nice trail with beautiful landscape! I didn't finished it completly because the weather changed! Up and down the mo...
    Nicky2202
  • near Kurosaki, Kanagawa (Japan)
    Distance
    11.34mi
    Elevation +
    650f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of2013-10-06 三浦半島、城ヶ島 Photo of2013-10-06 三浦半島、城ヶ島 Photo of2013-10-06 三浦半島、城ヶ島

    Walk along the coast in Miura peninsula. No mountains for me this week-end so I decided to go for a walk in Miura peninsula. The weather forecast was completely wrong, it said sunny till 9 AM and cloudy afterwards, it...

  • near Mikuruba, Kanagawa (Japan)
    Distance
    8.68mi
    Elevation +
    5020f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo of2014-10-25 Louis et Papa à 塔ノ岳 Photo of2014-10-25 Louis et Papa à 塔ノ岳 Photo of2014-10-25 Louis et Papa à 塔ノ岳

    Day hike to Tonodake with Louis and friends. Following two weeks of heavy-load training carrying my son (close to 25 kg including everything) over more than 1000m of total uphill elevation, I was in good shape for Ton...

  • Nakasendo #2

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    near Tsumago, Nagano (Japan)
    Distance
    12.64mi
    Elevation +
    2444f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo ofNakasendo #2 Photo ofNakasendo #2 Photo ofNakasendo #2

    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...

  • Hakonemachi-ko to Yumoto

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    near Hakone, Kanagawa (Japan)
    Distance
    6.71mi
    Elevation +
    728f
    TrailRank
    57
    Photo ofHakonemachi-ko to Yumoto Photo ofHakonemachi-ko to Yumoto Photo ofHakonemachi-ko to Yumoto

    Great course. Very Steep at the beginning. Followed the old tokaido highway a long way after the mountain. Missed the track at the end and ended up walking next to the road for 1,5km. Some parts difficult, and some part...

  • near Minase-Shiku, Kanagawa (Japan)
    Distance
    7.24mi
    Elevation +
    3255f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo of2015-03-22 Louis et Papa à 仏果山 Photo of2015-03-22 Louis et Papa à 仏果山 Photo of2015-03-22 Louis et Papa à 仏果山

    Day hike around Miyagase lake in Tanzawa. It was the first sunny Sunday in 5 weeks... this 4-week series of disgusting Sunday weather has finally come to an end. Unfortunately the winter season is past its prime but a...

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