Japanese mountains offer ultimate hiking possibilities all year round, varying from shorter walks, suitable for families with children, to extended hiking trails. The country's highest mountains are located in the Chuba District, the central part of Japan's main island. Let us point out several locations.
The tiny and picturesque Kamikochi resort village and hiking trails within the Chubu-Sangaku National Park (the Japan Alps) make a widely popular destination in Japan. In fact, there are often so many people, striding along a riverside trail, as you can encounter in the busy streets of New York. The difference is only that they are not hurrying to their offices, but waiting for their turn to go up along the hiking trails of the mountain. The trails are different; there are days-long treks and shorter forest hiking trails for about twenty miles. Your trip can never be a simple climbing the mountains: first, you will enjoy panoramic and awesome views, when being at the top; second, you can have a comfortable hotel accommodation in the resort village, visit cafes and shops and buy a keepsake in one of the gift shops as a memory of your journey.
Visiting the region of Kamakura, located thirty miles from Tokyo, will give you a chance to see a myriad of temples and shrines, including the Hase Kannon Temple with the statue of 11-headed Kannon (the Goddess of mercy). At the same time, mountains and beaches surround the region and there are many hiking trails there. Therefore, you will combine the hiking experience with the sightseeing of ancient art masterpieces.
The Hakusan (Ishikawa prefecture, Honshu) is one out of three Japan's most significant, famous and holiest Buddhist Mountains in Japan. The other two are Fujiyama in Yamanashi, and the Tateyama in Toyama that has hiking trails as well. There are five mountain huts in the area, where travelers can take a rest, while the Murodo Mountain hut with the Hakusan shrine atop the mountain is a huge facility that can accommodate over seven hundred people. Some people prey, when they arrive to the shrine.
The Yatsugadake range close to the Southern Alps and Fujisan features unbelievable hiking trails of the Akadake Mountain. Yatsugadake literally means "eight peaks". There are eight major peaks in the range, among which Akadake stands the tallest at nine and a half thousand feet. The south-most trail to Akadake is one of the more difficult hiking trails and thus, less crowded. As a result, there are opportunities to see much of wildlife; particularly, you can encounter Japanese deer. Although the peak seems inaccessible, many hikers reach it in approximately four hours and the result is terrifically rewarding-you will see great views of the Southern Alps and Fujiyama.
Finally, we come to the most respectable mountain in Japan, Fujiyama. Many hikers climb it again and again, though there are at least three hundred other mountains in Japan that they can climb. The reasons are simple: an adventure, a conquest or a risky experience. Sometimes hiking Fujiyama can be dangerous due to the snow, but it never stops the bravest hikers. If you want to subdue the tallest peak in Japan, Fujiyama is for you.
Truly, the list of Japanese mountains and description of hiking trails can be continued eternally, since it is hard to count how many peaks and rocks there are in Japan. The Japanese hiking can be an excellent addition to your sightseeing tours or even visa versa sightseeing tours will complement your unique and adventurous experience of hiking in Japan.