Explore the most popular Wildlife 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
2 days ago

Terrible. Some nice picturesque, leafy switchbacks quickly give way to ultra-punishing straight vertical staircase through jagged, dusty skree. Some good views but really? Definitely NOT worth the suffering your knees and ankles will go through. Don’t believe the other reviews. I can only guess that they’ve been hiking in Japan so long that their standards have fallen to the point where this trail is acceptable. Anybody who says this trail is “refreshing” or “fun” or “moderate” is a jerk. Also: crowded. We went in late Feb on a three day weekend and even with the colder weather and the (many)!rest-stops closed there were way too many people on it. Elderly hikers wearing their annoying bells everywhere. Jabbering groups and jangling trail runners. Ugh. No. Also: annoying to get to. Bus 2 from station stops running early - we had to take a cab back from visitor center and we were very lucky to get it. The only time to hike with 3 hours of Tokyo is on weekdays or in the rain. This the only time you might get on a trail near Tokyo that isn’t packed. Even when the crowds are absent, many trails are terribly designed vertical staircases. This is one of them.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful table-land. Oike-dame is the highest of Suzuka mountains. Nice trail from Fujiwara to Oike.

hiking
muddy
washed out
15 days ago

This hike is still closed until June.

Definitely a great hike and a bit challenging at times the only thing I absolutely hated was that there is no parking whatsoever. We asked a sake shop to use their parking while we hiked the first time and we offered them 1000 yen but they let us stay for free. But we weren’t so lucky last time and had to turn home.

hiking
muddy
snow
16 days ago

Nyudou-gatake(Idotani route↑North ridge route↓), only below knee-high snow at top of mountain and very muddy overall. Fukujusou(yellow flower) are bloomed right now at idotani route.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

One of the highlights of Kyoto. This is actually quite the workout! The route is covered with a 1,000 bright red/orange painted gates (torii). The experience is quite surreal and unforgettable. Several parts of the trail were practically empty, since most tourists do not do the back loop found on this route. It's much more peaceful.

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
27 days ago

Was a good trail. Started off with a steep incline of rocks (stairs) that were slippery. When you come upon what looks like a house go left. And then you’ll see shrines & caves up ahead and bear right to further trail which leads to observatory tower (seems like you’ll never get to it but just keep pushing along) . Can see a lot from the top. Trail was very overgrown and muddy in some spots. Can say I’ve completed the trail but wouldn’t go back.

hiking
30 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with some cool features and caves. It is slippery at some points, but as long as you have shoes with traction, you should be just fine. Went in January and the weather was great for it. I can imagine it'd be pretty hot and crowded. Only saw one other person on the trail. The only tricky part was parking. if you drive a little further north, there's a parking lot on the right (not the hotel parking) that you can use. Good trail overall, would recommend.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

the cable car is not in service. likely from 6 jan 2020 till 16 mar 2020. certain paths are blocked due to dead fall and such, alternate route were made, make sure to check.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail that was well traveled. A bit slippery at some points with a good incline going to the Ishikawa Observatory. Excellent view from the top of the mountain. Trek was easily made by my 10 and 8 year old.

Took the 6th trail up, 4th down to the cable car.

hiking
1 month ago

Diamond Trail, a.k.a Daitore is a long trail that was developed and maintained by Osaka. This trail starts at Donzurubo and runs along the ridge line of Mt.Kongo and Mt. Katsuragi at border between Osaka, Nara and Wakayama. You can walk divided course, and there is many escape routes.

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

I like to hike here in October... there is a beautiful 3-layer-colors of mountain view!! Green at a foot of mountain, and climb up higher, colors are change to yellow and red of autumn colors, and top of Yake-dake there is a view of Hodaka mountain which is covered by snow... green and yellow/red and white.... just beautiful. ※Helmet required!! Yake-dale is an active volcano.

walking
1 month ago

I did it a few times, during different seasons and it changes so much that it's worth coming back for another go. Highly recommended!

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great short family trail with just the right amount of safety and adventure. Did it with a 2 year old who walked a good bit of it and enjoyed the waterfall at the end.

fun half day hike. good views on the second mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. We hiked it on a mostly clear January afternoon. We started at the Shonan Village center trail. Trail is asphalt down hill passing by a golf course. At the bottom of the paved path is a steep switchback-like staircase straight up to the top. Nice views of Fuji and the ocean below. There is also a nice observation platform at the top too. Not too crowded either. I bet it is really pretty in the spring.

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