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Top 5 Spring Hiking Destinations in Japan

March 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

With 73% of Japan’s land mass being mountains, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts certainly have their pick of gorgeous terrain to explore throughout the country. Of course there are some popular highlights that should remain repeat offenders on your Japan bucket list, like Mount Fuji. But if you’re interested in some seasonally-specific hikes that are sure […]

“Take a hike!” in Hiroshima

January 30, 2017 by Jade Brischke

As you come into, or go east, out of Hiroshima Station on one of the local trains or Shinkansen you can see a large silver pagoda on the top of the mountain, which overlooks the station. Many people never bother to find out anything more about it, but the history is fascinating reading and the area is […]

Celebrate Mountain Day by Hiking Around Aichi and (slightly) further afield

July 25, 2016 by Mark Guthrie

One great thing about living in Japan is the fact that there are so many holidays. Between New Year’s Day on January 1st and the Emperor’s Birthday on December 23, there are a further 15 national holidays observed. One new addition this year to the calendar is Mountain Day, or ‘Yama no he’ (山の日), on August 11. […]

Mount Gozaisho – Nagoya Day Trip Destination

August 22, 2015 by Ray Proper

An hour outside of Nagoya on the Kintetsu line is  Gozaisho-Dake’s 1,210 meter peak.  It is a great hike up the highest peak in the Suzuka Mountain Range, and it offers great views of Shiga and Mie Prefectures, the beautiful snow capped Japan Alps, as well as the waters of Ise Bay and Lake Biwa. […]

Hiking, Walking and Biking Nagano: Nagano City

June 19, 2014 by admin

Mystical Forests, Ninja Adventures, WWII Tunnels and Mountains Galore Many Japanese associate Nagano City with the iconic Zenkoji Temple, home to the oldest Buddha image in Japan. For non-Japanese, this temple is certainly worth a visit, to appreciate its soaring architecture, and grope around in its pitch-black underground tunnel where you may be lucky enough […]