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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.

A society happy to welcome visitors and gracious hosts, superb food, and amazing landscapes.

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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!


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.



The Pilgrimage Route tour was exemplary for me in many ways. I’m usually tour resistant – I dislike being told…

- Anson, USA