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Hiking in the Japan Alps

Steep sacred summits populate the rolling forested mountains of the east

The flourishing wilderness of Japan has massively influenced its history, culture, and customs. The abundance of rolling mountains has cultivated a strong hiking scene across the archipelago. Japan is made up of stratovolcanic islands that stretches over 3,000 kilometers, offering breathtaking alpine scenery. Visit during the warmer months between May and October for ideal hiking conditions.

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Sandrine MARY


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


October, 2018

3-day Autumn trek from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque

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There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Japan

Approximately 70 percent of the Japan archipelago is dominated by piercing mountains and volcanoes, where snow is permanently sprinkled across its summits. Its natural beauty makes it a fascinating place for hiking, an industry that has flourished along with its tourism sector. The eastern treasures are best explored in a couple of days, ideally a weekend, given the extensive terrain and rolling green landscapes.


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Best time to visit

Visit during the warmer months between May and October for ideal hiking conditions

What's the weather like?

The north of the country receives a humid and continental climate, while the south experiences a subtropical and rainforest climate. While its coastal geography results in a high level of rainfall each year, that translated into snow at higher altitudes

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Lying just off the coast of continental Asia, Japan consists of approximately 6,852 islands, of which the four largest contain most of the population of 127 million. The majority of the nation’s terrain is rugged, mountainous, and volcanic, while being blanketed in thick forest. The large scale of territory, differences in geography, and varying climates also create a diverse ecology of flora and fauna, including some rare and endangered species


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