Our classic Roof of Japan Trek from Tateyama to Kamikochi
A Japanese perspective on gardens
Peerless Yarigatake Peak
Nothing gives the idea of the constancy of character like the firmness of walking. Eça de Queiroz Uma Campanha Alegre, 1890
Tateyama - shrine on top one of Japan's three sacred mountains
Hotaka mountain hut
Autumn hiking in the Japan Alps
Solvitur ambulando : it is solved by walking
Mt Fuji at dawn from the North Japan Alps
Mountain hot spring onsen bath in Nagano Prefecture
Northern pica - 'naki usagi'
Gyoja - Shugendo sect of mountain priests
Neputa Festival in Hirosaki
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Mountain adventures, cultural journeys
Situated on the eastern rim of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe of volcanoes and tectonically active zones surrounding the Pacific Ocean, Japan is an archipelago of more than 6,000 islands.
Mountains cover Japan. Following in the footsteps of poets, priests, retired emperors, and lovers of the great outdoors, mountain hiking and walking are great ways to explore the country and meet people.
* CHANGE AT HIKE JAPAN
From 31 October 2021, Hike Japan will not offer package tours as such. Much has changed in the last few years, including how easy it is for travelers to make their own way around Japan. Bob-san, your man at Hike Japan, will instead offer advice and suggestions for where you might go and what you could do for a few days during your Japan trip. Having good relations with a number of family-run ryokan, B&B, mountain huts, and hotels, in some of the more difficult to get to places, he’ll propose a plan which could include accommodation and restaurant bookings, local guide introductions, and ways to get there.
A society happy to welcome visitors and gracious hosts, superb food, and amazing landscapes.
Find your perfect region
The Chubu region at the center of the main island embraces several national parks, and the North and South Japan Alps, the ‘Roof of Japan’.
Excellent walking and hiking can be quickly and easily accessed from the metropolitan areas of Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, via the bullet train or on local lines.
The Chugoku region covers the western part of the Honshu, main island of Japan. It is bordered on the north by the Sea of Japan, and to the south by the Setonaikai or Inland Sea. Cities in the Chugoku region include Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Okayama, and Tottori.
Big skies, superb hiking on the Daisetsu Kogen plateau and in the northeast towards the remote Shiretoko Peninsula on the Okhotsk Sea. Winter snowshoeing, powder snow skiing, and the flower fields on the islands of Rishiri and Rebun in early summer.
The Kanto Plain is dominated by metropolitan Tokyo with a population of 13 million. The 23 Tokyo wards have a population of about 9.2 million.
Beyond the Tokyo metropolis, six prefectures make up the Kanto: Chiba, Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, and Ibaraki.
Devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and bombed and destroyed by fire in the Second World War, central Tokyo is now characterized by gleaming towers of glass and steel, solid enough, we’re told, to withstand a major earthquake, should one happen.
Dynamic, crowded, Tokyo is an exciting place for those with the energy to enjoy it.
The Kinki region lies in the heart of Japan. Centered on Osaka and Kyoto, it also has the historically and culturally important city of Nara, just south of Kyoto.
There are great hiking routes in the Yoshino Kumano National Park which covers much of the Kii Peninsula to the south.
The island that’s got it all. Mountains, volcanoes, abundant hot springs, fine food and drink, vibrant cities, an interesting history, wonderful neighbouring islands, and warm, friendly people. The heavily forested island of Yakushima is a short hop from Kagoshima.
The Shikoku pilgrimages in the footsteps of the monk Kobo Daishi are very popular. We run several of these tours every year. Predominantly rural, Shikoku has the only undammed river in Japan – the Shimantogawa – and some fine mountain hikes and pilgrimage routes.
Beyond Kyushu lie the jewel-like Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Ishigaki, Miyakojima, and the Yaeyama Islands – some closer to Taiwan than Japan. Sapphire seas, huge coral lagoons, and a distinctly different culture and feel to the rest of Japan
The ‘Deep North’ of Honshu, the main island. Beautiful countryside with fine hikes, notably in the beech forests of the Shirakami Mountains, on Hakkoda Plateau, and around Hirosaki. Brilliant summer festivals, apples galore, and deep, deep snow in winter.
Why Hike Japan?
Carefully crafted tour itineraries* , probably the best mountain and culture guides working in Japan today, great food, and very special places to stay ~ experiences and insights which make for trips of a lifetime.
Not being overly commercial, HJ doesn’t sell sell package tours. We don’t do impersonal.
Always listening and putting clients first, we want every trip we help arrange not just to be good, but outstanding. We aim to give you the best experience possible at every step of the journey we help you with.
We think and act local in ways that primarily benefit smaller local communities. In Japan, for sure, small is beautiful!
* CHANGE AT HIKE JAPAN
From 31 October 2021, Hike Japan will not offer package tours as such. Much has changed in the last few years, including how easy it is for travelers to make their own way around Japan. Bob-san, your man at Hike Japan, will instead offer advice and suggestions for where you might go and what you could do for a few days during your Japan trip. Having good relations with a number of family-run ryokan, B&B, mountain huts, and hotels, in some of the more difficult to get to places, he’ll create itineraries and plans which could include accommodation and restaurant bookings, local guide introductions, and transportation.
The Pilgrimage Route tour was exemplary for me in many ways. I’m usually tour resistant – I dislike being told…