Best kid friendly trails in Japan

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Explore the most popular kid friendly 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 kid friendly trails in Japan
Top trails (127)
#1 - 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
#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 Ishikawa Loop
Uruma Shiminnomori Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Mount Ishikawa Hiking Course (石川岳周回コース) offers several challenging sections, including steep slopes, mud, narrow paths to rocky brooks. Although difficult at times, this is a beautiful trail with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea. There are some maps of courses near by trailheads, and a number of possible trails which join this hiking course in the area, so please check them out.Show more
#5 - 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
#6 - 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
#7 - Yamanobe No Michi
Sakurai, Nara, Japan
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 49 m
The oldest ancient road, Yamanobe No Michi (山の辺の道) From Sakurai in Nara to Tenri, a great hiking course that leads you along the oldest mountain road in Japan. It has many signs with directions and passes through numerous temples, shrines, and observation decks. You can fully enjoy the opportunity to see the ancient history of Nara.Show more
#8 - JR Fukuchiyama Line Haisenjiki Hiking Course
Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
The fantastic hike along the old rail track from Takedao Station to the Namaze Station on the former Fukuchiyma Line (旧福知山線). This trail goes along on an actual discontinued line. It is just impressive. Exploring this trail, you will discover a pretty bridge, the brilliant river, and 6 Tunnels (one is almost 1 km long, please be ready with a flashlight.)Show more
#9 - Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest
Nago, Okinawa, Japan
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest (沖縄県 県民の森) Okinawa Resident of Prefectural Forest offers a lot to do such as mountain climbing, walking, nature exploration, sports, camping, park golf and other outdoor activities on the promenade in the vast natural forest of Okinawa. There are some nice view spots overlooking the beautiful Mission Beach and the East China Sea. Enjoy the nature with your family, kids and friends!Show more
#10 - 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
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