Explore the natural beauty of Japan
With soaring mountains, deep valleys, spectacular island-studded coastline and charming rural villages Japan is the perfect destination for anyone who like to explore on foot or by bike.It is hard to narrow down the best destinations in Japan for an active vacation but we have done our best and you can find our top recommendations shown below.
Featured Active Destinations
The best locations for outdoor activities in Japan
Browse our active holidays destinations for an idea of the country's best places to hike, climb, kayak, cycle and generally get out into the great outdoors.
Deep valleys, untamed rivers, soaring mountains; Iya Valley is Japan's last true hidden frontier.
Japan's iconic sacred mountain.
Dense jungle and mangrove and possible the world's rarest wild cat, the mysterious Iriomote Lynx
Spectacular mountain range of dramatic peaks many over 3000 metres high.
A medium-sized town located on the southern coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, 80km west of Hiroshima.
Hongu is home to Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, one of three great shrines of Kumano
Mount Asahi is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido and is excellent for summer hiking or winter skiing.
Japan's premier adventure destination for rafting, canyoning and bungee jumping.
Soaring mountains, crystal clear streams, monkeys, rare plants, gentle strolls, challenging climbs
The island of Yakushima is one of those magical places that those who visit will never forget.
Picturesque canals, one of Japan's finest art museums, fascinating history and truly great coffee!