Top Hiking Trips in Japan
3-day Autumn trek from Kamikochi to Karasawa Cirque
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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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Our guide was fantastic! She was a total professional! We had a wonderful time. Would recommend her for others.
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.
As for Kikuo-san, we both really liked her. She is very pleasant. A bit quiet spoken in a good way. She obviously knows the Akan region very well, as she lives inside the national park. She has very responsible and well organised. I would have her guide us again, when we go back to the area.
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