The Best Outdoor Activities in Japan

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Explore the Nara Deer Park

Japan / Nara Park

There are many ways to get to Nara, but if you're a tourist, you'd likely arrive on public transportation via train or bus.

Nicholas Adam
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Hike the Torii Gates to Mount Inari Peak

Japan / Fuschimi-Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

Starting at the Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine of the Inari, the hike to the top of Mount Inari is a refreshing yet surprisingly demanding hike within Kyoto, Japan.

Michael Gabbert
48 Saves

Explore the Sagano Bamboo Forest

Japan / Sagano Bamboo Forest

Stepping into the bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Japan is a surreal moment. Thousands upon thousands of bamboo trees line a trail which cuts right through the center of the forest.

Michael Gabbert
40 Saves

Hike Kamikochi Valley

Japan / Kamikochi Valley Information Center

This hidden gem lies close to Matsumoto. Very conveniently connected with public transport, it should be easy for you to get here from any bigger town.

Benedikt Jürges
30 Saves

Hike to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Japan / Jigokudani Monkey Park

This is a short hike in the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to see the Snow Monkeys - they're actually Japanese Macaques, native to northern Japan. The 1.

Queenie K
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Hike to the Source of the Shinano River

Japan / Mt Kobushi

A trickle that springs forth from the deepest bowels of Mt Kobushi winds down the string of rocky shelves and slabs to eventually become what is the longest and largest river in Japan.

Explore the Chureito Pagoda

Japan / Chureito Pagoda

Exploring this classic Five-Storied Pagoda overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji does take some effort due to its distance from major metropolitan areas of Japan.

Michael Gabbert
8 Saves

Hike the Choishi-Michi Pilgrimage Trail to Koya-san (町石道)

Japan / Jison-in

Starting from the Kudoyama Train station, you walk just under 2k through town to begin the trail at the Jison-in Ji (慈尊院).

Lindsay Tamm
6 Saves

Climb Mt. Buko (武甲山)

Japan / Mt. Buko Parking Lot

Mt. Buko is about two hours drive from Tokyo. Alternatively, you could take the train to Chichibu's Yokoze Station 横瀬駅 and take a longer walk to the foot of the mountain (we drove from Tokyo).

Kyle Obermann
3 Saves

Explore Kakunodate Samurai Town

Japan / Kakunodate

Tucked away in the north of Japan, this quiet town is a perfect slice of Japanese tranquility and history.

Tara Scott
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