Breathtaking Japanese Hiking Trails

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NATURE: Breathtaking Japanese Hiking Trails

With more than 70% of Japan’s rocky archipelago covered by towering volcanic peaks and snow-capped summits, Japan is heaven for hikers.

From scaling the slopes of active volcanoes to epic mountain pilgrimages and treks through subtropical forests, Japan is home to some of the most spectacular hikes on the planet.

A vibrant hiking scene means Japan is well set-up to receive visitors, and with a myriad of mountain destinations, the only hard part is choosing where to go first.

To help get you started, here are five of Japan’s ultimate hiking destinations:

1) Mount Fuji, Shizuoka: The big one

2) The Japan Alps: Alpine air in the heart of Honshu

3) Yakushima Island: Beaches, onset and cedar-covered peaks

4) Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage: A 1100km mountain pilgrimage

5) Kumano Kodo, Kii Peninsula: Hike Japan’s spiritual heartland

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