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A lovely walk up and down the canyon past many waterfalls. There is an entrance fee (I remember 200 yen), and it costs money to park your car. There is bus service to the trailhead. This is a very popular trail especially for photographers.

hiking
14 days ago

Not too hard. Beautiful view from the top. Saw a mountain goat on the way down.

hiking
28 days ago

Nice and relaxing trails. I took trail 6 up to the top. It was easy route. I saw a small waterfall called Biwataki waterfall on the way up. I took Inari trail on the way back which was a bit more fun and a bit more steep. But overall nice and relaxing trail. Kids friendly so I saw several families with kids. Nice getaway from a big city!

An extended walk after Philosopher’s walk, culture and beautiful cherry blossoms with colorful kimonos.

hiking
1 month ago

A short hike with spectacular views, temples.

Lovely city trail with cherry blossoms, canal and old buildings, peaceful walk.

Kumano Kodo is partner with Camino de Santiago. This was a great lifetime experience for both of us, spiritually and physically. The hike gave us opportunities to meet people from different countries, sharing stories from east to west. The Onsen was awesome, great foods, and of course very respectful and sincere Japanese folks from all over Japan!

What a lot of these reviews didn’t say is that you’re hiking in a river bed and have to scale some rocks to get to the waterfall. Make sure you wear shoes that you can climb in and get wet.

Still had a lot of fun with my husband and three year old in a carrier.

You gotta do this once in your life!!!!!!

I actually did this trail when I was 17 years old! My parents took me there and remembered how hard it was for me to get all the way up without any hiking experience or fitness background. Now, I do lots of workouts, hiking and want to do it again with my teens. Gotta go home first- and will see you, Fuji-san, soon!! xx

Going up was great and not as hard as I first anticipated. Going down was...wow!...talk about having to endure something. You can’t opt out either because you have to get down, lol! Definitely glad I did it!!! It did give me a craving to climb more mountains now

hiking
2 months ago

A very short but challenging hike. Plan on basically being on a stair stepper for 2 miles. Very sharp rocks and some slippery muddy areas. The view is great at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail can be difficult with some technical rock climbs/descents. It was very busy when I went (the weekend) with people of all ages, including many impressive older people charging it. Views of Osaka can be glimpsed throughout with an impressive panoramic view at the very summit. The trail includes several small stream crossings.

The first 1/4 mile is all rock climbing but then becomes a typical trail, so don't get discouraged as I did by.
The trail is well worn and well defined. There are a couple of forks with no English on the trail markers, so prepared.

Note: that this trail as listed doesn't go to the summit and it's only about another 1/4 mile. Make sure you do that to get the summit view!

road biking
3 months ago

Did it on rental bikes which was extremely fun and delightful

A Shinto shrine. Mostly paved with a lot of stairs. Many small shrines along the way. Tori gates cover much of the trail. Nice view of Kyoto half way up. The trail is lit after dark. Many shops for food and souvenirs, but only open during the day. Lots of vending machines - so, it’s not necessary to bring water. The All Trails map is missing half of the loop trail at the top of the mountain.

I have hiked on 4 continents, hundreds of miles and hands down this was the hardest hike I have ever done, also the most worthwhile. I did this halfway through a deployment so my fitness was way down, but it is still a long, steep and super challenging hike, very crowded at the beginning of the trail but the closer to the peak the smaller the crowd. It is very steep with sharp rocks, lots of facilities along the way to get your hiking staff branded (for a price of course) or grab a snack or water. Once you get to the ridge it is another mile or so to the peak and even steeper. I heard a proverb “a wise man climbs Mt. Fuji, only a fool climbs it twice” and it is true, a challenge, worthwhile but not for the faint of heart.

Fun walk with lots of Interesting shrines and temples along the way. The route was v easy to follow too.

Stayed in Japan for two weeks and this was definitely a highlight. Beautiful castle with a wide moat surrounding its gates. Wonderful views from inside.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail and a great little workout! It's a bit steep on the way up but once you reach the peak it's an easy trek down to the Arima area. Stopped in at the Kin no Yu onsen to soak in the natural, mineral enriched waters - absolute must! Trail signage is all in Japanese with multiple forks, so make sure your GPS device or phone is charged to last the distance.

We did this as a family, the day after a typhoon hit Okinawa. It’s an ok outing, but other than some very overgrown parts there wasn’t much to write home about.
The children found the crocodile meets that we found fascinating, but were disappointed that there wasn’t anything more interesting on the hike.
They definitely enjoyed the waterfalls at Henan River more.

We headed out as a family to this hike. It was fantastic. The children loved it and defined it as an epic adventure!

7 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail between Kibune and Kurama. Good inclines and declines. We walked it with backpacks but we saw ladies in dresses on the trail. Gorgeous area!

The hike to the waterfall consists of walking along the river. It was nice to be wet the whole time until reaching the waterfall. I really enjoyed this hike. Next time I'll definitely waterproof my phone.

Pretty an very easy to navigate.

hiking
7 months ago

Not too bad! You can get to the Waterfall in like 30-45 minutes if you don't stop. Water is nice and cold and super clear. There's a lot of steps you need to climb.
Beautiful place to spend a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
7 months ago

awesome escape from the city during a work trip weekend. took the hard trail up, temple at the top, lots of shrines all along, took the paved path down.

on Hiji Falls Trail

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice trail, lots of steps. However it doesn’t allow pets. So don’t bring your dog they will turn you away.

hiking
7 months ago

My wife and I climbed Nikko Shirane-san. We took Nikko Shirane-san cable car and started hiking from the mountain station. It was a sunny Sunday during three day weekend, so it was very crowded. The fall colors have just started. When we got to the summit we were surrounded by clouds and didn't have any view. We were disappointed.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with amazing views and challenges. Absolutely loved it!

Easy trail for families. Walk through a cleared path to the Ikego Campgrounds where there are small cabins. You pass by some open fields, bamboo, water and old samurai gravesites. The whole thing takes about 20-30 minutes roundtrip and is flat. Great for kids and dogs allowed, but watch for snakes.

Alright walk, it's not a trail and just a casual stroll at most through the gardens of the imperial palace, but if you can't get out of the city, it will do.

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