Best forest trails in Japan

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Explore the most popular forest trails in Japan with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of forest trails in Japan
Top trails (1374)
#1 - Mt. Akadake - Mt. Yokodake - Mt. Iodake
Chino Shi, Nagano, Japan
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
This course goes from Akadake, Yokodake, and Iodake (赤岳 - 横岳 - 硫黄岳), which are part of the Yatsugatake Mountain Range. It is a course where you can enjoy magnificent scenery from the mountains.Show more
#2 - Mount Yarigatake: Kamikochi Course
Chubusangaku National Park
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Length: 23.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
Mount Yarigatake: Kamikochi Course (槍ヶ岳: 上高地コース) This course that continues via the Yarizawa Lodge to the summit of Mount Yarigatake. This mountain is famous for its peak that looks like a sharp spear. It is also the fifth highest mountain in Japan and is crowded with many mountaineers during the season. You can choose to plan a one-day climb, or stop at Yarizawa Lodge and continue on the next day.Show more
#3 - Mount Oyama Loop
Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
Take a hike at Mount Oyama (大山周回コース). There are several camping sites in the surrounding area of Oyama and Hinata. You can also find multiple temples and historical sites in Hinata as well. Note: This trail is possible to walk in either direction.Show more
#4 - Akame 48 Waterfalls Trail
Muro-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Akame 48 Waterfalls Trail (赤目四十八滝コース) is a well known trail for beautiful deep mountain valleys and waterfalls that offer brilliant sceneries of the four seasons. Here you can enjoy a number of beautiful waterfalls and refreshing mountain air.Show more
#5 - Nikko World Heritage Shrines and Temples
Nikko, Tochigi, Japan
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Nikko World Heritage Shrines and Temples (世界遺産日光の社寺巡り) The shrines and temples of a world heritage site, including Nikko Toshogu Shrine are set amidst a magnificent forest of cedar trees. This site is also apart of Nikko National Park and it is enthralling, beautiful and special. There are a number of featured spots in the surrounding area such as Shiraito Falls and the Yashionoyu hot spring.Show more
#6 - Mount Ryugadake - Mount Tashita - Magotaone
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 7 h 31 m
Mount Ryugadake - Mount Tashita - Magotaone (竜ヶ岳 - 多志田山 - 孫太尾根) Starting this tour from the Magotaone ridge to the summit of Mount Ryugatake via one of the peaks of Mount Fujiwara, Mount Tashita. Mount Ryugatake is known for the plain summit and many species of bamboo grasses. In autumn, the silver grasses cover the mountain, which creates gorgeous landscapes. It is also blessed with abundant water and its various waterfalls.Show more
#7 - Mount Suzukita - Mount Oike - Kurakake Pass
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 27 m
Mount Suzukita - Mount Oike - Kurakake Pass (鈴北岳 - 御池岳 - 鞍掛峠) Traveling to the highest peak of the Suzuka Mountains, Mount Oike. The area has become a major mountain range for hikers in the Tokai and Kansai regions. It is known for the most spectacular views among the Suzuma mountains. The unique terrains around the summit are called Table Mountain, which is truly stunning. This route commences from Kurakake Pass heads to Mount Oike via Mount Suzukita. Further this route, you can see various scenic sites in the mountain.Show more
#8 - Naka Pass - Mount Kunimi - Mount Haraido Loop
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Naka Pass - Mount Kunimi - Mount Haraido Loop (中峠 - 国見岳 - ハライドループ) Explore through the stunning forests in the Suzuka Mountains, which is known as a famous hiking site. This route continues to Mount Haraido and Mount Kunimi from Asake Keikoku. Enjoy the superb views of rich forests and the mountains from the summit of Mount Haraido.Show more
#9 - Tenguiwa - Mount Fujiwara - Magotaone
Suzuka Quasi-National Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 29 m
Tenguiwa - Mount Fujiwara - Magotaone (天狗岩 - 藤原岳 - 孫太尾根) Hiking to the Tenguiwa Rocks where you can enjoy the unique landscapes of karst terrains via Mount Fujiwara.Show more
#10 - Fushimi Inari Walking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Fushimi Inari Walking Tour (稲荷山散策ルート) The main shrine of more than 30,000 shrines in Japan is the Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), and the origin of the Inari faith is Mount Inari. As a god of good harvest, prosperous business, peace, and prosperity in the household, and fulfillment of various wishes, it is widely worshiped all over the country. To enhance business well-being and success, many companies and individuals visit and offer here every year. The names of companies and individuals are also engraved on the 10,000 or so vermilion torii gates. Although the shrine has existed since the early 8th century, all of the buildings are more recent. The complex is located at the base of Inari-san (Mount Inari) and includes trails up the mountain to many other smaller shrines, called "Otsuka". About 2.5 million people will visit Fushimi Inari Taisha during "Hatsumoude". It is the first event visiting shrines and temples after the new year to show their gratitude for the past year and pray for the safety and peace of the new year.Show more
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