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The Best Hiking in Japan

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking spots in and near Japan

  • Fushimi-ku, Japan

    Hike the Torii Gates to Mount Inari Peak

    4.9 mi / 750 ft gain
    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. The Torii gates, thousands upon thousands of them in a row, provide a gorgeous setting for a hike. The gates, which have vary...
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  • Yamanouchi-machi, Japan

    Hike to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

    2 mi
    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 1.6km (one-way) track leads gradually uphill in a forest before opening out in the valley, where a river runs below.Spend a good amount of time watch...
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  • Fujiyoshida-shi, Japan

    Explore the Chureito Pagoda

    2 mi / 500 ft gain
    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. Yet exploring the pagoda is a great day trip from Tokyo. There are a variety of ways to get there, each with different costs, ti...
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  • 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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  • Yokoze-machi, Japan

    Climb Mt. Buko (武甲山)

    6.2 mi / 2578.7 ft gain
    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). From the Mt. Buko parking lot the route is very simple and easy to follow. There is a well-marked map at...
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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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  • Kudoyama-chō, Japan

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

    15.5 mi / 4826.1 ft gain
    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). The Jison-in temple is a great place to pick up a map of the trail which is available in several different languages. The first 1/3 of the trail is quite steep and you make r...
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  • Narusawa, Japan

    Summit Mt. Fuji (富士山) via Yoshida Trail

    11.6 mi / 1476 ft gain
    Mount Fuji is the beautiful and powerful volcanic icon of Japan. It has been an inspiration to artists for millennia, and in 2013, it was listed as a World Heritage site.  Summiting the peak of this Holy Mountain is not trivial -- the peak is at 3776 meters (12,388 ft) -- but is well worth the ef...
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