Located in East Asia, there’s no doubt that Japan is a must-visit for jet-setters. It’s an island nation that has everything to offer – dense cities, ancient temples, amazing mountains, and various shrines, among others.
If you’ve visited Japan in the past and you’re thinking of another way to enjoy the country, trekking is one activity you shouldn’t miss. Here are 7 of the best trekking routes you can check out on your next vacation.
1. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, Kii Hanto
The unique cultural landscape of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage route is a perfect way to enjoy nature and Japan’s culture at the same time. It’s found in Kii Hanto, the largest peninsula of Japan.
Spanning 191 miles, the route is divided into many segments. In a nutshell, you may need about four to five days before you can see the totality of the Kumano Sanzan. The hike involves about 3 to 20 miles per day to visit all three Grand Shrines of Kimono and you’ll experience sleeping in ryokans, which are traditional Japanese inns.
2. Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage, Shikoku Island
Basically, trekking routes in Japan aren’t for the faint-hearted. The lengths of these trekking routes will last for days or even weeks. Take for example the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage on Shikoku Island. You’ll pass by a total of 88 temples during the whole trek – which is about 685 miles long.
3. Shiretoko, Hokkaido
Though trekking routes in Japan are typically lengthy, some can be done in just a few days. For example, the 15.5 mile long trek in Shiretoko, Hokkaido can be completed in just two days.
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shiretoko offers pristine wilderness and many adventures for travelers. Guided tours are offered, which can last about two to three days, but if you prefer, you can do it on your own too.
4. Summit Hotaka-dake, Japanese Alps, Main Island
If you’re more of a daredevil, the Summit Hotaka-dake in the Japanese Alps is a must-visit during your stay in the country. You can hike and trek multiple peaks, with one route leading to Kimi Kodaira. It’s the steepest route and one of the hardest to finish.
5. Summit Yarigatake, Japanese Alps, Nagano
Another summit to visit is the Yarigatake in the Japanese Alps in Nagano. The tour can last for about two days and you can stay overnight at one of the traditional huts before reaching the summit.
6. Summit Mount Fuji, Shizuoka, Main Island
Mount Fuji is an active volcano about 100 kilometers west of Tokyo. It’s one of the most popular sights in Japan since it’s the country’s tallest peak at about 3,776 meters.
7. Basho Tour, Hokkaido
Lastly, the Basho Tour in Hokkaido is likewise worth checking out, especially if you’re a literary nerd. If you’re a Matsuo Basho fanatic, the most famous poet during the Edo period in the country, this place is perfect for you. Plus, the trek will take about nine days traversing a magnificent scenery.
So, there you have it. Aside from the usual tours offered in Japan, try visiting these trekking sites to explore the country’s unique culture and beautiful views.
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