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The Best Backpacking in Japan

Looking for the best backpacking in Japan? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Japan. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Japan

  • Yamanashi, Japan

    Hike to the Source of the Shinano River

    3.7 mi / 8120.1 ft gain
    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. 367km (228mi) long, Shinano River is the lifeblood of Central Honshu (the biggest of Japanese islands) and its u...
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  • Tanabe-shi, Japan

    Hike the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route

    47.8 mi / 8530.2 ft gain
    The Kumano Kodo's Nakahechi route is the most common way to travel. It follows the original Imperial Route as the best marked of all the variations. It also never wanders too far from civilization allowing frequent snack and drink stops, and lodgings the whole length of the route.  Getting There ...
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