Walking and hiking packages in Japan

Hiking isn't always the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Japan, but the hiking in the Japanese Alps and Hokkaido is world class. Japan is blessed with magnificent scenery and a geography that is more than two thirds mountainous, so Japan offers walking enthusiasts some of the most diverse terrain in all of Asia.  Whether you are looking for long, hut-to-hut trips or a more laid back amble from one of the major cities, there is something for everyone.

Peak hiking season begins in June when most of the snow has melted off the high peaks, opening up a network of trails winding between small remote villages and little discovered temples. The Japanese are very keen hikers themselves, so walking the trails and staying in traditional ryokans along the way is arguably one of the best ways to appreciate rural Japan's natural beauty.

For serious walkers, Japan's highest peak, Mount Fuji is an obvious place to start. Whilst the hike itself can be gruelling, the sunrise views from the top and sense of accomplishment of reaching the peak more than make up for it. Another hotspot for walkers is the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route around the Wakayama prefecture, one of the most magical corners of Japan. With a number of criss-crossing trails of varying levels of difficulty, it is possible to dip into different sections at a time so you can enjoy the spectacular scenery at your own pace.

  • The Nakasendo postal route

    One of Japan's old postal routes. Traditional farmhouses, waterfalls, forested mountains and even the odd bear along the way! A gentle 3 hour stroll.

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  • Historic Mountain Trails (Group Tour)

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  • Once in a lifetime! Climb Mt Fuji and stand on top of Japan

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  • Hiking Tanigawadake Peak

    InsideJapan's very own mountain adventurer, Steve Parker, shares his experience of one of Japan's most spectacular peaks

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