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!
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.
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.
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.
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