Explore the most popular Hiking 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.

Hiked fall 2017. A spiritual event even for a non spiritual person. Kyoto sunset with Osaka as the horizon was amazing.

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muddy
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rocky
2 days ago

Beautiful coastal trail. We did it as an out and back, but there is a train station near each end, so you could do it one way. Lots of up and down. We stopped at the waterfall for lunch and it was a perfect spot for a break.

hiking
7 days ago

Very interesting views. Nice walk and lots of shrines. Worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

The first mile was AstroTurf thru Town with the coast on your right side. Then after crossing some streets and “sticking to the outlines map you come to about 120 story’s of stairs. It was challenging at a moderate pace. The trail goes thru farmland. Stay on the asphalt the whole time. There were many beautiful butterflies and lizards along the way. Was a good cardio workout but if your looking for pure wilderness this one is not the hike for you.

I love this place!

hiking
12 days ago

This place is beautiful and great for families of all ages!

I love this island. After your hike, explore the shoreline.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful ponds and plant life along this trail. Great for families.

Great view of Fuji towards the beginning, unfortunately for us it was clouded in fog so try and pick a day with favorable weather. Trail is pretty consistently steep whole way through and it picks up towards the end. Trail was pretty clear cut, no questionable paths. Overall it was pretty enjoyable, would recommend.

Awesome trail and awesome views of waterfalls. Great even for the ocassional hiker. Trail is very easy to follow, rocky at some parts but very much doable.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Not a bad trail, slippery in spots, stays under cover most of the way until you get to the last two peaks, then you will have some nice views. Watch for snakes and spider webs. Steep in a couple areas.

We were unfortunate to have gone up on a rainy day early June. The view is mostly shrouded by clouds, so you can’t see the mountains. The path was partly covered by snow and mud which makes it slightly challenging (esp with wrong shoes), but nonetheless a good climb. About 2 hours up, and an hour down.

hiking
15 days ago

This was a decent hike. Lots of scenery. It is heavily trafficked. Great if you like to meditate. If you start from kibuneguchi station sugges you take the bus close by. You can follow the people. This saves you 1.5 miles going uphill and nothing to see as you hike alongside a road. Beware of leaches as I got 2 on my feet. Of course it was raining. We elected to take the cable car down which is about 200 yen per person for adults

rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Beautiful views at the top and a great walk on the way.

I love this hike! Nothing like walking on the rim of a volcanic crater. Takes between 5.5 & 6.5 hours.

walking
16 days ago

Not really a trail, considering it’s all just paved road through a housing area. Great to bring your kids or dogs too but not good for hiking

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muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
17 days ago

Nice trail with lots of variation. First climb is up a waterfall, beautiful but probably slippery when descending. Chains and ladders involved near the top. A big part involves walking over a mountain ridge with impressive rock formations. The different shades of the rocks were beautiful, ranging from yellow, black to pink and even bright purple! Views must be awesome in case of clear weather, we could barely see each other walking because of the clouds so we will have to come back for that some time :-) We stayed at the Ohren hut; very nice, good food (ask for the hot pot / shabu shabu) and a nice hot bath! The akadake hut looked very nice too, great views. We wanted to do Kitadake, but because the area was still closed in June we opted for this mountain range. We were not disappointed, would definitely recommend!

hiking
18 days ago

I would recommend this one to anyone who wants to see all the beauty around mt Fuji, would advise caution around the caves, and to watch your footing

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bugs
over grown
rocky
19 days ago

Maedabashi trail and Shonan village trail part of the Mount Ogusu hiking course. Lots of bugs and a bit overgrown in parts. Shonan village trail has parking at trail head. Kinugasa Trail will be closed for approx. 2 more years due to construction of a waste processing facility.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike! Shaded most of the way- lots of steps!. Did not expect the nice temples along the way and waterfall near the end. View ok from top due to smog layer but better at Maishai... point near the end. I recommend this hike

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scramble
snow
22 days ago

After parking at Hirayu Parking area we bought bus tickets (2000JPY per person round trip). After arriving at Kamikochi bus station we found out that there’s no ATM there and the huts do not accept credit cards... Our advise is to take plenty of cash with you, especially if you want to stay and eat at the lodge since they’re quite expensive. We headed put on this trail in early June, when there was still a fair amount of snow from 2000m upwards. The first bit is pretty straightforward, not much of a challenge, and in the first few hours you’ll be accompanied by plenty of school kids and elderly people on a day trip. We also saw a lot (really a lot) of monkeys, from very close by. We camped at Yarisawa campsite (1000JPY per person per night). The campsite is about 40mins further down the road after you reach the lodge. There was no potable water at the campsite, so we were advised to fill up our camel bags at the lodge. We wanted to have dinner at the lodge, but this was only possible for lodge guests, not for campsite guests... The toilets at the campsite were clean though, and we were the only ones there which was nice. the second day we headed up to mount Yari. After the campsite the entire trail was covered in ice and snow, crampons definitely necessary. The climb was pretty steep, especially the last bit to the Yarigatake Lodge. Because the snow was thawing, but still about 120cm high, it took a lot of effort and time. After reaching the lodge, we rented helmets (500JPY per person) and climbed to the top. This bit is not difficult perse, but there’s a lot of ridges and some scary views. People who have troubles with heights might have problems here. You have to use ladders and chains to reach the top, but there is no use for a climbing harness (nothing to attach yourself to). The view was awesome and definitely worth it. We camped at the Yarigatake campsite (1000JPY per person per night) and had dinner at the lodge (2000JPY per person). Again we were alone at the campsite, which is oriented on the west so if you’re lucky you can have a great view of the sunset and mt Hotadake. The third day we went back the same way we came. All in all, would definitely recommend; the combination of the monkeys, the snowy parts and the challenging bit at the end, and the fact that we had both campsites to ourselves made this a great hike!

on Atago Mountain Hike

hiking
23 days ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
24 days ago

All three open trails of Mount Ogusu. Ikegami, Maedabashi, and Shonan Village. Three summits out and back on each trail.

a walk like no other in the world, scattered with traditional temples, shrines, statues and Torii. continue all the way to the top. a lot of people stop at the Kyoto viewing station. peaceful

This is a great hike! You see both beautiful nature and architecture. There are a lot of stairs to climb but there's plenty to see without getting to the top for different fitness levels. There isn't any exceptional view from the top, so the enjoyment comes from the journey and the I did it! feels at the summit. You also get to enjoy the Shinto spiritual atmosphere and appreciate the culture and nature. It was quite busy the day I went, but it felt nice to share the feeling with so many people. It's well maintained and definitely not wilderness hiking. Definitely worth visiting :)

Start at the restroom and walk up the road a short distance and the trail is on your left. Quick 20 minute hike to the peak. Beautiful at the top.

Beyond awesome trail - spent the night on the mountain in order to wake up to see the sunrise

hiking
28 days ago

Lovely views throughout the climb. Canopy provides nice shade for the warmer days. Some points can get pretty steep. Perfect balance between challenging and rewarding. Keep an eye out for boars and snakes!

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