Best hot springs trails in Japan

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Explore the most popular hot springs 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 hot springs trails in Japan
Top trails (617)
#1 - Mount Tsubakuro
Azumino, Nagano, Japan
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Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
Mount Tsubakuro (燕岳) is an elegant and beautiful mountain and It is popular with many climbers as it is the first mountain to climb the Northern Alps. Dicentra and other colorful alpine plants bloom on the mountain, and you can climb there relatively safely throughout the four seasons. This trail offers you superb views of the ridgeline of the mountain and the surrounding greenery.Show more
#2 - Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Kurama - Kibune Hiking Tour (貴船 - 鞍馬 ハイキングコース) The Kurama/Kibune area has become a popular destination for visitors to Kyoto. Kurama and Mount Kurama (Kuramayama) is also well known for the origin of the Tengu myth (Tengu is a spirit who lives in the deep forest of the mountains.) Set in the northern mountains, less than 1 hour from the city centre, this little town has a lot to offer for anyone wanting to discover and experience most aspects that consist of Japan's scenery, history and tradition. The history of the Kurama dates-back to the time the Kurama-dera Temple was founded in the 8th century, by a monk Gantei. Bishamon-ten which is one of guardians in the Buddhist heaven is the main deity and has long been worshiped by people in the area. The original buildings have been repeatedly destroyed by fire, and the main temple was last rebuilt in the 20 centuries. There are many festivals in the area throughout the year. For example, "Kuramano Hi Matsuri" (Fire Festival) at Yuki Shrine, which is held annually in October. Most tours in the Kurama area will lead you to start your hike from Kurama station, and go through Mount Kurama (Kuramayama), descend into Kibune, finishing at the Kibuneguchi Station. This route starts at Kibuneguchi Station on the opposite side and arrives at Kurama Station via Kurama-dera Temple. Be aware several sections of this trail can be steep and narrow especially in the winter time. As you pass along the highland, you will encounter some sub-temples and spring water outlets along the way. Don't forget to take your picture with the "Tengu" at the station!Show more
#3 - Kanto Fureai no Michi Trail: No.2 The Bird Trail (Tori no michi)
Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 6 h 39 m
Kanto Fureai no Michi Trail: No.2 The Bird Trail (Tori no michi) (関東ふれあいの道: No.2 鳥のみち) Kanto Fureai no Michi (Kanto Friendship Trail) is a long-distance hiking course that passes through seven prefectures in the Kanto area (Tokyo, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, and Kanagawa). The Bird Trail (Tori no michi) starts from Takaosanguchi Station, leads you through various mountains in Okutama, and ends at the Jinbakougenshita Bus stop. Hikers can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, the Tanzawa Mountains, and the Okutama Mountains. The area is also known as a site for bird watching.Show more
#4 - Mount Kurofu - Takamine Kogen
Joshin'etsukogen National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Mount Kurofu (黒斑山) is located between Nagano and Gunma prefectures. It has been selected as one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Flowers. Starting from Takamine Kogen and heads to the top of Mount Kurofu, which provides you stunning views of Mount Asama and Sakudaira.Show more
#5 - Shirode Otaki Falls - Mount Oku-Hotaka - Mount Nishi-Hotaka
Chubusangaku National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
Shirode Otaki Falls - Mount Oku-Hotaka - Mount Nishi-Hotaka (白出大滝 - 奥穂高岳 - 前穂高岳) A mountaineering tour follows the magnificent ridgeline of the Hotaka Mountain Range to the stunning Shirode Otaki Falls. The route is tough and suitable for advanced mountaineers who can handle chain and ladder sections on the rough rocks. From the trail, you see magnificent mountainous landscapes representing Japan.Show more
#6 - Mount Adatara
Bandai-Asahi National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
このコースでは、美しい景色と高山植物を見ることができます。周辺には、温泉付きの山小屋がいくつかあります。 Show more
#7 - Mount Rausu: Iwaobetsu Course
Shiretoko National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 6 h 47 m
Mount Rausu: Iwaobetsu Course (羅臼岳: 岩尾別コース) This trail begins from Iwaobetsu to the summit of Mount Rausu, the highest peak of Shiretoko. It is more suitable for climbing beginners than the Rausu Onsen (hot spring) trail. Many climbers hike on the route every season. Enjoy the magnificent sceneries of Shiretoko and the opportunity to see seasonal wildlife and wildflowers.Show more
#8 - Kumano Kodo: Yunomine Onsen - Kumano Hongu Taisha Loop
Yoshino-Kumano National Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
Note: Due to typhoon damage in 2019, some sections of this route may be closed. Check the city's website for the latest information. Kumano Kodo: Yunomine Onsen - Kumano Hongu Taisha Loop (熊野古道: 湯峰温泉 - 熊野本宮大社 周回コース) This is a course that includes a part of the World Heritage Site Kumano Kodo and Nakaheji. This course is well-maintained with signs. Take a walk through the historical Kumano Hongu Shrine and the sacred nature of Kumano.Show more
#9 - Arashiyama Tourism Walking Course
Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
Arashiyama Tourism Walking Course (嵐山観光散策コース) This course goes around the beautiful and historic towns of Arashiyama and Sagano. Walk through Arashiyama Station through famous temples/shrines, Togetsukyo Bridge and bamboo grove. This is a wonderful walking course that touches the beauty and history of Arashiyama.Show more
#10 - Mount Kurakake - Ainosawa Campsite Loop
Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Mount Kurakake - Ainosawa Campsite Loop (鞍掛山 - 相の沢キャンプ場ループ) A loop path goes to Mount Kurakake, which is located at the southeastern foot of Mount Iwate. From the mountaintop, you can enjoy the superb views of Mount Iwate, Mount Hayachine, and Mount Akita-Komagatake.Show more
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