The third part of our Japan series is a charmer with truly majestic sites to see. Nature lovers and travelers alike will be in wonderment of the nature scenes that Japan has to offer. Who wouldn’t be awestruck of the striking virtues this country has to offer? Don’t forget to pack your hiking shoes, the island you’re about to visit has some of the most beautiful hiking areas around. Here are the top 5 hiking spots in Japan, in no particular order, according to our incredible nature experts and team at JINS. And if you haven’t entered our contest yet, don’t miss out! Enter at any of our stores now through 1/14. For store locations: jins.com/us/locations For full contest details: jins.life/flyustojapan17
1. Mount Fuji – Tokyo
On our list of course, Mount Fuji. This iconic mountain is known for being one of the most difficult hikes in Japan, and for fair reason as it is named the tallest mountain in Japan. It’s beautiful scenery does not disappoint and if you’re up for the trek up, it’s definitely worth it.
Photo by Steven Diaz
2. Kamikochi – Chubu Region
Only accessible by bus or taxi, this beautiful, one of a kind resort is located in the Northern Alps of Japan. This area will show off some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in Japan. Kamikochi provides easy to difficult hikes, and usually open from mid-April to mid-November.
Photo by Olivia of CoffeeTeaTravels Blog
3. Kirishima – Kyushu
Hiking amongst volcanoes is exhilarating and one that everyone should experience when visiting an island. However, please be warned for volcanic activity signs as some trailheads may be closed. Following along Kirishima’s entire mountain chain is 12 kilometers and approx. 6 hours long, but the most worthwhile. If you’re looking for a shorter hike, there are shorter trails that last 1 to 3 hours.
Photo by japan-guide.com
4. Daisetsuzan – Hokkaido
The first place in Japan to see fall peak with the tree’s foliage changing colors is also Hokkaido’s largest national park. Daisetsuzan offers wilderness that is relatively untouched and magnificent. Hikers will be able to witness wildlife such as deer and brown bears while sniffing in the fresh mountain air.
Photo by Japan Magazine
5. Yakushima – Kyushu
This majestic island is covered by a cedar forest off the most southern part of Japan. These ancient trees are Japan’s oldest called yakusugi claimed to have already lived 7000 years. This area receives quite a bit of rainfall, but the hikes are beautiful and provide an experience like any other in all of Japan.
Image Courtesy of Japan National Tourism Office