Hiking is a healthy exercise that you can do in any place, any country. Known for its technology and traditions, Japan also values its environment. The country offers numerous hiking trails around the country, whether you are an enthusiast or a first-timer, Japan has a hiking trail suited for you. Listed below are some of the best hiking trails found around Japan.
- Mount Fuji
Don’t miss the opportunity of hiking in one of Japan’s icons, Mount Fuji! It is located between the Shizuoka and Yamanashi Prefectures, just 2 hours away from Tokyo. Thousands of people go during the hiking season of July to September. Attempting to visit this mountain outside the hiking season is unadvisable as it is dangerous. If you do plan on tackling Mount Fuji, keep in mind that it is a moderate to difficult climb due to the steep and rocky trail to the summit. While it is possible to make this a day trip, it is much better to stay for a night since hikers may experience altitude sickness while climbing the mountain.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
If you’re in the Kyoto area, Fushimi Inari shrine is a hiking trail that you can visit. It is also one of Japan’s most famous sites, known for its seemingly endless tunnel formed by torii gates which leads to the top of Mount Inari. The hike is easy enough, even for first-timers, and takes about two to three hours to complete.
- Mount Yoshino
Another recommended hiking trail in the Kansai region is Mount Yoshino! This is Japan’s most famous cherry blossom spot, so expect a stunning view of 30,000 cherry blossom trees blooming during spring in the months of March and April. Mount Yoshino is actually a slope and is divided to four different areas from the base of the mountain to the top of the mountain. This hiking trail is probably one of the most picturesque trails you’ll ever visit since you can enjoy going through the thousands of cherry trees as you climb the mountain.
- Noboribetsu Hell Valley
Noboribetsu is located in Hokkaido and it is the area’s most famous hot spring resort. If you are up for enjoying some natural hot springs, then the trip to Noboribetsu Hell Valley is something you’ll greatly enjoy. There are a number of hiking trails in this valley where you will also encounter a number of sulfurous mud ponds, and a still-hot river that has a natural foot bath along the way.
- Mount Tsurugi
Mount Tsurugi, located in Iya Valley in Shikoku Island, is one of Japan’s top 100 mountains. It is a popular hiking destination in Japan with a moderate climbing difficulty. It gives its visitors the option to climb the mountain or to make use of the chairlift that takes you all the way up near the summit. Reaching the top of the mountain will give you a panoramic view of its surrounding mountains.
There are countless trails in Japan that any visitor – beginner or experienced – can tackle. One rule that every tourist has to remember is that you should always prepare for the hike. A spontaneous decision to hike is not a good idea, especially if you don’t have the appropriate attire for it. Safety should always be a priority.