Category: Hiking

  • Mt. Sukawadake and Mt. Kurikomayama

    Mt. Sukawadake and Mt. Kurikomayama

    Mt. Kurikomayama (1628 m) extends over parts of Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, and Miyagi prefectures. On the Iwate side, it is called Mt. Sukawadake, and in the mid-slope are the Sukawa Highlands with many great hot springs. Every year, after the mountain is opened to climbers in May, many Sukawa fans flock to enjoy its nature, […]

  • Hiking in Hokkaido Guide

    Hiking in Hokkaido Guide

    Hokkaido is the northernmost island in Japan representing 22% of Japan’s total land mass and only 5% of its population. It consists of one large island and 5 smaller islands. There are six national parks, five quasi-national parks, and twelve prefectural parks. Hokkaido is blessed with arguably the most magnificent natural beauty in Japan. Furthermore, […]

  • The Fuji Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail Guide

    The Fuji Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail Guide

    The Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail stretches 19km from Fujiyoshida City (Fujiyoshida-shi) to the summit of Mt. Fuji. Though there are 3 trails to the summit, this one is the oldest. It was first used over a thousand years ago by mountain mendicants, but their favored footpath didn’t make its name until the heyday of the Edo […]

  • Why Real Fuji Climbers Hike The Yoshidaguchi Trail

    Why Real Fuji Climbers Hike The Yoshidaguchi Trail

    The Yoshidaguchi Climbing Trail starts in Fujiyoshida City at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Shrine. After tying up your laces and adjusting your pack, soak up the atmosphere amidst towering trees and then offer some prayers to Konohanasakuya Hime no Mikoto, the principal deity of the holy peak and patron goddess of fires and childbirth. With […]

  • Kumano Kodo Old Road, Former pilgrims route now hiking trail, Kumano City (Kumano-shi) and Owase City (Owase-shi)

    Formerly a route for pilgrims journeying between shrines on Kumano Sanzan Mountain, regarded as the home of the gods Hongu, Shingu, and Nachi, the Kumano Old Road is now used as a hiking trail. The cobblestone road, blanketed with moss, winds through a cypress forest, and occasionally historical ruins and guideposts are visible along it. […]

  • Daisetsuzan National Park

    Daisetsuzan National Park

    Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and is the largest national park in Japan. At the center of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain “Asahidake”, which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido. The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park that is rich […]

  • Climbing Mount Fuji and Suggested Trail Routes

    Climbing Mount Fuji and Suggested Trail Routes High up on the list of “must see” for all visitors to Japan is Mount Fuji. This world-famous mountain has its home in Shizuoka prefecture, where its sunny southern side can be seen from many excellent vantage points. One of the world’s most beautiful mountains — its graceful outlines are recognized worldwide. Mount Fuji […]

  • Yamanashi Hiking & Climbing Ideas

    Yamanashi is located near the center of Honshu and seventy-eight percent of the prefecture is covered with forests. It features four national and quasi-national parks, including Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Mountain climbing and hot springs are among the most popular forms of recreation in Yamanashi Prefecture. Around the northern foot of Mt. Fuji there lies five […]