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.

hiking
30 days ago

Amazing!! Walked the opposite direction and finished off at the onsen — was definitely the move.

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closed
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Hiked 1/26/2020 Great loop trail but there are some issues. Positives: shaded trail, support the villagers buying cool stuff like tea on the honor pay system. Saw some old Japanese villages. Trail very peaceful and secluded. At the end enjoy a personal or public hot spring for less than $6. Cool heights and awesome Buddhist relics and tombs. Cool pilgrimage narrative. Negatives: Started at Hongu shrine at 11:30. Plan to get there earlier. trail closed at Hossinmom oji without any transportation back in afternoon. Last bus left for Shingu at 7:09 pm. Possibly could get stranded. No signal much of the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! As some others have stated, I’d recommend starting at Kurama instead. If you get off at Kibuneguchi station and follow the trail as suggested the first ~2 miles are uphill on a road with no sidewalk and not a whole lot to see- it was much better taking this downhill at the end. Other than that this whole area is beautiful and completely worth the short trek from Kyoto.

The bamboo forest is unbelievable. I would fully recommend getting there as early as possible as it is a tourist trap, gets super busy.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked from Kurama to Kifune and loved it! It's probably one of the best I've experienced in Japan. If you can deal with inclines, it's easy. We had a 5/6 month pregnant lady in our group...the reactions from people passing us were awesome :d

Great long day hike. Amazing history in the walk with shrines and temples all over the place. Very well marked and easy to follow. Very well maintained. A small section was closed but detour was clearly marked. It added about .4 miles to the journey. We finished in about 5 hours - we weren’t sprinting, but we weren’t lolligagging either. Probably a good idea to visit the local onsen when finished.

Great trail! Waited by the temple at the start for 40 minutes until 830am when it opened only to realize the trail started the next street over and behind the temple. Still managed to beat the crowds! Went through the bamboo forest and then over and up to the monkey sanctuary. Easy hike without much of a climb

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked - we walked from Kibune/kibuneguchi to Kurama and it was a good choice. The food options in karabe were not as numerous or varied as we had hoped/ thought there would be. We took the trolley down which was fine - straight down but not very scenic, it probably cuts 20min off the hike. It would be beautiful to do this as night with the trail lanterns to guide you.

Very easy trail, really not even that much of a trial, more of a touristy nature walk since it’s always crowded with tourists. Still, if you’re in Kyoto this is a MUST DO.

Incredible! Well worth the effort. Do it early morning to avoid the crowds.

This is one of my fav things about Kyoto, easy walk!

wonderful trail in the woods, up and down hills and creeks and rivers, crossing shrines and temples. special mix of nature and spirit. highly recommended

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is amazing, once you actually find the entrance. The GPS coordinates are off so beware. I would start at the main location in the town. Don't follow what All Trails has it linked too.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful mossy forest, can't recommend this trail highly enough

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bugs
5 months ago

No different from all the other trails on the southside of Nobscot Hill, this one just wasn't in the Alltrails database. Now it is.

Monkey park takes about 20 mins uphill to the summit. The halfway point rest area was air conditioned and had comfortable seating. Bamboo forest was BEAUTIFUL. *Make sure to get there early (around 8am) to avoid crowds!*

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muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 months ago

Challenging hike! Me (51) and my son (18) got up in 6.5 hours and back down in 3 hours. The trail starts out very smooth - almost a road - but soon becomes a narrow, rooty and rocky and steep scramble. Very narrow ridge lines in a few places, with steep drops on either side. Sometimes there's a rope, sometimes not. A few places there is strong hydrogen sulfide smell (rotten eggs), especially along one very muddy section of trail where sulfurous water is seeping out. Not surprising as Iwate is a volcano! But also not pleasant... But the view from the top is worth it! Very glad to have hiked it. It can be done in one long day, but it's correctly rated Hard!

hiking
6 months ago

I think this is better starting from Karuma. The temple is better experience from bottom to top.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Trail was very awesome. Did this trail with my boys and we had a great time. You see beautiful landscape and scenery. Very hard at times but worth it!! We made it to top in 4.5 hours.

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Did an overnight hike on this trail. It took 6 hours to the top and stayed in one of the mountain huts. The hut was beautiful and very clean. The trail is muddy in spots and has loose rocks in many spots. It is truly an amazing trail with beautiful views. The hike down only took me 3 hours. I would not recommend doing this trail all in one day or hiking alone.

hiking
8 months 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

It was not easy, but worth! With all photoshoot’s and 28-30’ C we did it in 7 hours. The last section between Hongu and Yunomine Onsen was hardest: steep up and steep down. Try it!!!

Beautiful temples but bamboo forest sooo crowded and not very impressive. Not a difficult hike/walk

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