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Hiking in the Yatsugatake Mountains

The Yatsugatake Mountains provide some of the most stark and dramatic settings in Japan, and hiking through them is a fantasically fun and exciting way to explore this magical, mythical place.

The Yatsugatake Mountains are made up of two large volcanic groups, and nestled within are some of the best hiking spots in Japan, with rocky and rugged mountain faces leading down to spectacular sweeping valleys and lakes, all covered in gorgeous native Japanese vegetation and forestry. People flock to the mountain range for hiking in the Summer and Autumn months, with the changing colour of the leaves proving a sumptuous and special spectacle beneath the snow-capped mountain peaks. Take a pick from our selection of hiking trips in the Yatsugatake Mountains and prepare to be wowed!

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What people are saying about these trips

Wim Somers


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.


There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Japan

The scenery of the Yatsugatake Mountains truly takes the breath away, as the snow-capped mountains loom large over tranquil, idyllic and peaceful alpine landscapes. Lakes, rivers, streams, forests, green hills and rocky outcrops all blend in to each other to make for an intoxicating and splendid setting.


Good to know:

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How to get there

2 hours by train, bus or car from Tokyo

Best time to visit

June-October, when the weather is warmest and conditions most ideal


Sub-alpine, meaning the heat and humidity of Tokyo does not reach there

More info about Hiking in Yatsugatake Mountains:

Some of the hiking can be quite difficult, so be in good physical shape will help you enjoy the activity more. There are several villages and settlements dotted around the mountains, each being deeply traditional with their culture and customs. Try and sample some of this fascinating and unique way of life


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