Ready to check out the best trails in Japan? AllTrails has 130 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Daisetsuzan National Park or Hakusan National Park or for trails in Hokkaido, Yamanashi or Shiga - we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 55 moderate trails in Japan ranging from 0.8 to 13.9 miles and from 32 to 9,025 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
7 days ago

Do out and back... unless you want to road-march the last 3rd of the hike. :)

Giving a five star review. But it’s a little tougher than moderate.

hiking
rocky
snow
8 days ago

An outstanding hike with a mountaintop temple. Light snow above 700 m which was particularly atmospheric. Great views of Kyoto 3/4 of the way up. Highly recommended.

hiking
14 days ago

Excellent hiking experience. I suggest starting from Futo Station and ended Izokogen Station. Trail is well marked in English and Japanese, trains were pretty easy to navigate from Yokosuka.

hiking
14 days ago

Took this trail a couple weeks back. Loved it. I agree with the other comment that the last third or so is a paved road.

hiking
21 days ago

Loved this trail! Just bought new boots and this was a little break-in hike. If you are more mature or have knee issues, a hiking stick would be a bonus. Dog friendly. Beautiful. And very peaceful on a Sunday in January.

hiking
muddy
rocky
21 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

A great trail. There is some scurrying over rocks to be done and some almost climbing, so only attempt if you are confident with heights. Trail requires moderate-high fitness.
If you feel you are somewhat fit and don't mind a bit of scurrying/climbing then sure, give it a go.
I started the track from the Koza falls (a right hand start about 50m back from the falls themselves).

hiking
bugs
over grown
29 days ago

Easy trail. Fun with some nice view points. Weather was nice out so didn’t overheat. Lots of bugs, banana spiders and overgrown paths.

hiking
29 days ago

Went with wife and four kids, 2 yr old walked most the way. Easy hike for the family. Most of the trail is shaded and half way there is a picnic table and Ramada. maybe bring extra socks there is a spot were you cross the creek.
Lots of fun!

walking
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the app kept shut down on me while I was recording so I gave up recording. If you're in Kyoto, you don't want to miss this place! There are no fees to get in. Amazing place to be! You can get a good exercise by running up to the stairs. Recommend to go during the day since it gets really dark at night with even some lights. I completed the whole torii loops, truly amazing place to be! I will come back with my workout outfit next time, high heels took me little longer to finish it, although I got it done in about 2.5 hours by running up and down!

walking
1 month ago

Unfortunately, the app kept shut down on me while I was recording so I gave up recording the whole path, but this was one of the most amazing walks I have ever done.

walking
1 month ago

It was super crowded but worth the walk. Must visit place in Tokyo.

A great hike for me and my wife, twin 11 and a 10 year old boy(s)! My boys liked the rope climbing and going through caves. a nice castle ruin at the end. Bring good treaded shoes or hiking shoes and bug spray. Best to use a camel back or back pack for water, you’ll definitely want to be hands free when trekking through this hike.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Loop Trail is a little hard to find but once you are on it, there are markers. There is some minor climbing but we were able to do it with 4 kids (ages 2, 6, 9 and 11) 2 year old was on my back but 6 year old had no problems. Fun short trail.

hiking
1 month ago

If you want to actually summit Mt Yonaha, the official track being displayed by All Trails is inaccurate. Look at "other recordings" for a track that will take you to the summit.

This is a fun trail that's not too technical, but unfortunately doesn't have any good viewpoints due to vegetation. Lots of side trail options for exploring.

4-6 parking spots at the trail head with plenty of additional street parking along an infrequently travelled road. Clean eco-toilets also available at trailhead. Starts out on an old road bed that hasn't been maintained in a very long time. Several small waterfalls can be seen along the way. About halfway to the summit you'll reach a set of information boards and a large rock monument. From that point the trail turns into a narrow washed out single track that weaves through a bamboo forest. You will climb a summit and then drop down to a right hand turn with a small sign that says 50m. Follow the trail across a saddle to the second summit where the actual benchmark is. At the benchmark you can go three different directions. To make it somewhat of a loop, take the left trail down until you reach a flat riverbed. Follow the riverbed until it turns into a trail again. You will take another left and traverse down a draw until you reach a small cabin where a nice old Japanese man lives. Just above his cabin you'll find the old road bed again. Follow the old road back to where the single track started. From there you'll back track to the trail head.

There are lots of trail offshoots but this is a good track for reaching the benchmark with minimal backtracking.

When you're done, make sure to check out the Okinawa Rail cafe about a mile down the road from the trail head. You'll be glad you did!

I got lost on my first attempt at this hike (google maps sent me on a highway around the mountain) so I tried again. I’m glad I did. Loved it. The beginning of the trail has a tough scramble up boulders through the waterfall (and therefore the end of the hike is the same on the way down). The rest of it is very runnable with nice soft trail that alternates (undulates?) between flat and about 5-10% grade. I was wearing Inov-8 Roclite 290 trail shoes and they were perfect for the terrain. I also had gloves on for the cold and that proved helpful because the technical bits required quite a bit of hand action for balance and boulder-hopping.

I followed Google maps from Ashiya station and got totally lost. Ended up walking on a major highway. I got lucky on my way back and found a trail up Mt. Kannon, which was also very cool. But now I’m determined to try the Mt. Rokko route again next week.

hiking
1 month ago

More of a park than a hiking trail. Fairly slippery after the rain. Trail is well-marked and doable for beginners. You get one good scenic view at a mid-point (at the castle-like structure) but no view from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this tour in December. Very fun hike for all ages and skill levels. There is an optional fork in the path near the start of the trail to walk alongside the riverbed instead of the mostly paved, dry path - but you need water shoes for this, not sneakers. The trail takes 1 hour round-trip.

Follow the many road signs to get to the trail head, or key in the GPS code 485771741 if you have a rental car. At the trail head, there are wooden cabins (to pay the entrance fee), toilets, wooden cabin and a campsite.

Greatest hike i have ever done

The most emblematic trail of Japan !

Nothing to add to the previous description. Definitely an awesome day-hike. I would love to do it again during the Spring or Fall for the colors.

on Kurama Trail

2 months ago

Sadly, it’s closed right now (Dec 2018) because of downed trees after a typhoon... But I ended up taking the train from Kibune to Kurama, and the towns, shrines and the hot springs were all great!

Strong effort required, but a beautiful trail run for those who love hills.

Such an awesome Hike. Like no other. 10,000 beautiful torii gates lead you to the top of Inari Mountain. Very nice gardens and a few decent views of the city.

Nice fall foliage walk — super easy. Stop in on the shops and cafes to meet some terrifically hospitable people.

Can be a crowded walk, although it thins out a little as you get higher up. You can step off the main trail at some points and walk outside the gates for a different perspective (and fewer people).

I recently hiked from Moanalua to Haiku, aka Stairway to Heaven on O’ahu. After completing this hike, my mother showed me an old looking Japanese flag. The kanji that is written on the flag translates: I was very joyful to complete my hike up Mt Fuji.
I was 13 years old when I hiked up Mt Fuji with my relatives.

on Mt Takao Loop

2 months ago

Trail 6 up, Inayari down
Super busy on holidays!

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