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Hiking in Japan

Experience the island life on this fascinating country in the Pacific Ocean by trekking its peaks, valleys, and impeccable countryside!

With heavyweights like Mt. Fuji and Hakuba of the Japanese Alps, epic hikes from all nooks and crannies of this archipelago beckon to adventurers around the world. Explore the coastline, culture, and endlessly diverse terrain of this world-class outdoor paradise.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Elin Berg

5.00

August, 2022

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

Excellent service from explore-share. I did the one-day option; was picked up from my hotel in Tokyo at 1 am and started the climb at 4 am. We were lucky with the weather and the hike was fantastic, but strenuous. My guide, Kan was super helpful and knowledgable. I recommend him to anyone who is looking to do the hike up Mount Fuji.

Alin Iacob

4.00

June, 2022

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

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Angelo Iba

5.00

June, 2022

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

Climbing Mt. Fuji during this time was most definitely worth it. There were no crowds to contend with and the experience was very enriching. Cveto is an exceptionally amazing guide with decades of experience and was an absolute pleasure to be around. During the trip, my legs cramped up to the point of barely being able to walk. However, with Cveto's attentiveness and patience, we were able to make it to the top and back down without any issues. Having Cveto on this climb was highly vital for my trip and it would be a mistake to not have him accompany yours. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Nicole Franklin

5.00

June, 2022

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

For those who don't have the convenience of time or just want to avoid a crowd, would recommend this Mt. Fuji hike. No open amenities, but it also means no lines. My guide, Cvetko, was exceptionally knowledgeable - makes sense having done this hundreds of time - and extremely patient with this newbie hiker. I was worried I couldn't do it, but his gentle guidance made such a difference. I am proud to say I made it to the top. Definitely recommend!

Thibault lefebure

5.00

June, 2021

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

Cveto has been great support from preparation to the peak - fantastic and safe souvenir. Thanks

Valerie Schajer

5.00

June, 2021

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

We did the treck with our two kids 12 and 9, it was long and hard sometime Cveto was an amazing guide very confident very patient... we had no stress at all with him... 👏👏 thanks Cveto we were so happy to climb with you 👍👍

Anne-Lyse Pittroff

5.00

December, 2019

Climbing Mount Fuji from June to September

We had a great time with Cveto. He is the perfect guide, very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learnt so many thinks about Japan during our hike and we felt really comfortable and totally safe with him. Just book him and enjoy !!

Prakash N

5.00

November, 2019

2-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji, Round trip from Tokyo (private)

This was a trip that was planned at the last minute -- I sent requests on a Friday morning of a long weekend for a climb on Saturday in the off-season. Yusuke was prompt in responding and then helped throughout in planning the trip from renting gear, to picking me up, to the actual climb, the meals in between, and finally the drop-off. He is friendly, a good communicator and very experienced. While allowing short breaks to take pictures he maintained a strong pace to stay on schedule. Overall, it was a great experience. I would recommend Yusuke to anyone thinking of a Mt. Fuji climb, even off-season. I was lucky to have this unplanned climb come together on such short notice, which was largely due to Yusuke responding and guiding me through the planning and climb. Explore-share is a good service, but should allow sharing of phone numbers on their platform before payment esp to be able to plan last-minute trips and so the customer can get comfortable with their guide and gain the confidence necessary before paying.

Ruby Du

5.00

September, 2019

Climbing Mount Fuji with a guide

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Maria Grazia Messina

5.00

September, 2019

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery

Jessie Cheung

5.00

July, 2019

2-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji, Round trip from Tokyo (private)

Yuske is very friendly and thanks to his excellent guidance, I was able to complete my hike in wet conditions. He is very knowledgeable with the environment and could assess my ability and chose the right trail for me. Thank you very much!

Codrut Popescu

5.00

May, 2019

2-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji, Round trip from Tokyo (private)

I am not going to talk about summiting Mount Fuji, I 'll let you experience this first hand, but I'll tell you that it was an amazing experience which will stick in my memory forever. I will however praise Yuske, the guide, who is one of the most professional guides I have ever met. We agreed and did a one day preparation before on Komagatake where I learned to perform self arrest, practiced climbing with an ice axe and crampons and he has also a lot of other tips about the equipment. The climb was amazing and he always put safety first but in the same time being a very pleasant companion. He could easily become my friend if we where to live in the same country. He has a lot of years of experience and he knows Mount Fuji very well and would find the way probably in his sleep. I am saying this because we had performed the descent in a very dense fog (clouds) and we could barely see a few meters in front of us but he always knew the way. Climbing with him was a real pleasure and we talked a lot and he is a very interesting person. I would follow him on any mountain on this planet because I know he has a lot of experience, he is very professional and know a lot of secrets and not the least he is a very nice companion which you can trust. He also helped me with a lot of tips about my travel to Japan. I highly recommend him as your guide in Japan.

Andrey Yakunin

4.00

May, 2019

2-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji, Round trip from Tokyo (private)

I have had an opportunity to take advantage of an brief weather opening to SkiMo Mt Fuji with Yusuke and enjoy some very skiable powder on the way down in spring snow conditions quite typical for the Alps. The pre-trip communication were spot on and Yusuke proved very efficient in monitoring the rapidly changing forecast to make the call whether we SkiMo up or just do an Alpine ascent. Even though the ascent doesn't present any technical challenges the rapidly changing weather might dictate that the 2000+ vm trip is taken in one day and thus a good pre-trip aclima would be essential. The first part thru the forest along the old pilgrims' trail is a regular approach hike, however upon entry of the high alpine terrain the gradient stiffens and good kick turns and crampon skills are essential to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The guide's choice to switch to bootpacking would generally appears a bit too early for European skiers as terrain could yield itself for at least 400 vm more of skins switchbacks but there was reason for the choice, and is generally down to personal preference. The way down if VERY varied snow conditions and requires a versatile skill set and appropriate speed management. During our trip there was no significant avalanche traps, however some of exposed terrain is prone to rock falls and thus should be negotiated at a prompt pace. Night over in a traditional Japanese mountain hut is a fantastic experience in its own right and not to be missed. If one ski toured in France, the hut would appear a luxury accommodation but is slightly below the comparables in Austria and Switzerland. Dinner and b'fast are served as traditional meals and provide more then sufficient cals of warm homemade food. A visit to the local shrine followed by a relaxing session at a near by Onsen is the cherry on the cake for the trip and is definitely recommended as a supplement to the trip. If I come to Ski Tour in Japan again would surely contact Yusuke for his availability.

Axel Schonhardt

5.00

April, 2019

2-day Guided ascent of Mt. Fuji, Round trip from Tokyo (private)

Yuske did a great job. He chose the perfect day and changed to a day tour. Only then could we reach the summit. His quiet and safety-minded nature we liked very much.

Daisy

5.00

November, 2018

Hiking in Fuji Hakone Izu National Park

We had a very good experience while hiking in Hakone. Our tour guide, Shin Kaneko, was very helpful and informative during our trip, Looking forward to the next hiking trip

Alina Jacobs

5.00

November, 2018

2-day hike and abseil in Mt Hoshianadake, Gunma

I had a wonderful trip to Mt Hoshianadake. Junichiro Aoyama is a very responsible, passionate and kind mountain guide who guides you with a lot of knowledge and joy! Junichiro is Japanese but speaks English fluently, this makes the communication very easy also for people that come from abroad! I enjoyed every moment of the trip and I am grateful for this beautiful experience in the stunning nature of Japan! I can fully recommand Junichiro Aoyama as guide for anyone and especially for foreigners!

Sandrine MARY

4.00

October, 2018

3-day hiking trip to Shirouma-dake

Due to bad weather conditions, we could not hike the Shirouma-dake. Munehiro provided 2 beautiful aternatives instead (Mt. Karamatsu and Jiigatake), and that was very good. Thanks!

Tsin Wen Yeo

4.00

October, 2018

3-day Autumn trek from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque

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Weiie Lee

5.00

October, 2018

1 day hiking in Daisetsuzan on Hakuundake and Kurodake

We had an excellent time hiking up to the summit of Mt Kurodake. Jun gave us a good intro to the flora and fauna on the way up and regaled us with stories all the way up. He set a pace suitable for us and ensured our safety throughout. Jun comes highly recommended!

Selim

5.00

October, 2018

1-Day Trek Shiratani Unsuikyo Forest, Yakushima

We had a great time with Jun and Aki. They were enthusiastic, organised, they too care of us in terms of food, safety, equipment, etc, and they shared their knowledge about Yakushima nature. The activities were fun. I recommend them. By the way they both had a very good level of English. And Aki even spoke very good French.

Gadi Shkolnik

5.00

September, 2018

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.

Joachim

5.00

August, 2018

Shiretoko Cape 4 day guided trek

I had a fabulous trip. Wataru Nara is a highly experienced guide and we were in good hands (a hiker from another group had to be rescued by helicopter while we were climbing down from the traverse – making us realize how dangerous these mountains can be). I could never have done the hike on my own. The scenery was breath taking, we saw deer, a fox and a bear. It was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. The other hikers were also good company. Since there were four paying hikers, the final cost was very reasonable. I am very satisfied with this experience and look forward to my next hike.

Declan Moore

5.00

June, 2018

Guided hiking tour around Mount Fuji

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Jon Wright

5.00

June, 2018

Guided hiking tour around Mount Fuji

Our guide was fantastic! She was a total professional! We had a wonderful time. Would recommend her for others.

Vanessa Lehner

5.00

May, 2018

1 Day Shiratani-Unsuikyo Trekking Tour, Yakushima (private)

Unfortunately, due to illness we were not able to do the trekking tour. But communication with the trekkers has always been uncomplicated. After my cancellation, we stayed in contact with the guide, who even helped me to get a refund. We will definitely do the trekking tour next time we're in Japan.

Chow Michael

5.00

May, 2018

2-day hiking trip in Yakushima Island

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Selim Balduyck

5.00

September, 2017

3-day hiking in Daisetsuzan from Asahidake to Tenninkyo

Great trip, beautiful and various landscapes. Makato treated us very well and by the way he is a great cook!

Kenton Beerman

5.00

August, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and Japanese culture that are very hard to reach.

Kenton

5.00

August, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and culture that are very hard to reach. Andy and I had a phenomenal time.

Wim Somers

4.00

July, 2017

Yatsugatake panoramic hiking traverse

The Yatsugatake area is a very beautyful area with Both Mountain scenery and dense forrests. It is challenging To Reach The summit, bjt the views are Worth It. The Mountain huts are very cosy, clean and have All very friendly staff. The food is very food and the lunchboxes they provide are varied and more Than sufficient. You can even take a hot bath in the Mountain hut next To the summit. The onsen (hot spring) is a perfect way to end This Mountain trek.. Chikako is a very friendly and experienced Mountain guide, who is Always willing To help and her English is excellent. I definitly recommand This trip To other hikers, the help of a guide is advisable as locals do NOT speak English and maps are NOT available in English either. Chikako is the best guide One can imagine.

Philipp Vogt

4.00

June, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

It was a great experience and with Jun we had a fabulous guide. We hope he will be a guide for much longer to join him again. Thanks a lot Jun, どもありがとうございます

Christine

5.00

October, 2016

Trekking and Climbing on Rebun and Rishiri islands

Our two guides have been really great and showed us the beauty of Rishiri and Rebun Island by sharing their knowledge and passion. We did learn a lot about the flora on Japan's most Northern islands! Rishiri-Zan was a great, pleasant summer hike and must be beautiful and fun for ski touring in Winter time. thanks again!

Lee

October, 2016

Hiking Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.


 

There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Japan

Japan’s main island, Honshu, is loaded with an incredible selection of mountains. There are tall, symbolic ranges (consider the Hida Mountains) complemented by visually stunning treks that leave every level of hiker satisfied. Tokyo isn’t too far away from Hakuba and Nagano, so access is straightforward and inviting.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+81

Language

Japanese

Currency

Yen (JPY)

Best time to visit

June, July, August, and September are the best times to trek across Japan. Depending on the region, you may find some desirable hikes and programs in the spring and autumn, and maybe even all year round

How long should I stay?

With multiple islands of equally interesting landscapes and scenery, a true Japanese hiking trip could last a lifetime. Many programs spend the better part of a week delving into a particular area; some offer day-trips and others exceed a week. Your journey can string together the best programas of a region to cater to your adventurous appetite and tailor an extended experience that is built just for you

What’s the weather like?

With a generally temperate climate, Japan does have a wide range of weather. Hokkaido and the northern regions are infamous for winter snowfalls of the highest quality and relatively warm and comfortable summers. Honshu and the southern islands also have mild temperatures in the summer, with pleasant weather through spring and autumn. The rainy season lasts roughly six weeks, moving through the islands during the summer

More info about Hiking in Japan:

Japan boasts an incredible selection of terrain covering the entire spectrum. This leads to eclectic hiking adventures on every island. The fishing communities along the coast of Hokkaido complement mountain treks with culture, while the subtropical weather in the south boasts an entirely different scope of the biodiversity. There are an endless supply of adventures! Conditions are generous for snow and air quality, and access throughout the islands is more seamless than you might think. Whether visiting Okinawa and its historical impact, Sapporo and its role as a northern hub of culture, or the main island and its relentless mountain ranges, Japan is a destination just waiting to be explored!

 

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