Best historic site trails in Japan

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Explore the most popular historic site 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.
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#1 - 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
#2 - 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
#3 - 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
#4 - Mount Chogatake - Jonengoya Loop
Chubusangaku National Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 10 h
Mount Chogatake - Jonengoya Loop (蝶ヶ岳 - 常念小屋ループ) A loop path from the trailhead at Mitsumata heads to Jonengoya via Mount Jonen. The mountains are well known for the magnificent landscapes of the Hotaka Mountain Range and Mount Yarigatake.Show more
#5 - Odaigahara: B Course
Yoshino-Kumano National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
Odaigahara: B Course (大台ヶ原: Bコース) This loop course offers hikers various attractions, including the highest peak of Odaigahara, Mount Hidegatake, the scenic spot Masakigahara, and the most popular view spot Daijyagura. You can enjoy the vibrant green of a site that receives some of the highest amounts of rainfall in Japan.Show more
#6 - Mount Jinba - Mount Takao Ridgeline Course
Uenohara, Yamanashi, Japan
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
Mount Jinba - Mount Takao Ridgeline Course (陣馬山 - 高尾山 縦走コース) This course follows the mountain ridge road from Wada Pass to Mt. Takao. It is a hiking trail with many attractions such as stunning scenic spots and historic temples. The trail itself is very well maintained and the steep slopes are equipped with wooden stairs. At the end of the course, there is also a cable car that takes you to the station at the foot of the mountain. This is a long hike, so be prepared in advance. The spectacular views along the trail are worth a visit.Show more
#7 - Asagaya Walk
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
Wander around Asagaya (阿佐ヶ谷), the city with a nostalgic atmosphere of Japan. Departing from Minami-asagaya Station of Tokyo Metro goes through the Asagaya Pearl Center Shopping Street with a history. Walking the shopping street, you will see a variety of shops, nice cafes, and restaurants are lined up. The energetic and nostalgic atmosphere share you with a piece of scenes of Japan's earlier life. After the section, why not walk around JR Asagaya Station. Lots of stores are also available and if you need a break or fill up your taste, try the cafe, Gion! It is located right by the station and features various unique food menu. Passing the station, the next stop is Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine. This shrine (阿佐ヶ谷神明宮) is known for Yakuyoke, which is believed in Japan to expel evil spirits on one's specific year for their healthy life. You can also enjoy the stunning historical structures of the shrine and the sacred environment. Continue to stroll around the area and back to JR Asagaya Station, the endpoint of this tour!Show more
#8 - Senjogahara - Odashirogahara
Nikko National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Senjogahara - Odashirogahara (戦場ヶ原 - 小田代原) trail is located in one of famous marshland belts of Japan (Okunikko). This is a well maintained trail that offers beautiful views and opportunities to see wildlife.Show more
#9 - Nakasendo: Magome - Tsumago
Nakatsugawa Shi, Gifu, Japan
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m
Nakasendo: Magome - Tsumago (中山道: 馬籠 - 妻籠) This hike is a small section between Magome - Tsumago of the former Nakasendo which once connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the Edo Period. The trail is well maintained and well signed in English and Japanese at almost every turn. The trail is primarily stone paved, and goes through the the city, wooded areas, and small fields. There are also numerous bear bells that hikers are encouraged to ring along the way. You can also rent a bear bell for your hike at the Magome Tourst Information Center. (You have to pay the fee temporarily, but it will be refunded when you return it.)Show more
#10 - Mount Minomatsu - Mount Tado Trail
Kuwana, Mie, Japan
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Mount Minomatsu - Mount Tado Trail (美濃松山 - 多度山ルート) Trek to Mount Minomatsu from Mount Tado through deep forests of the area. You see great views from the summit of Mount Tado and some points of the trail.Show more
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