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Hiking Day Trips in Japan

November 3, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Around 22,000 Australians visit Japan each year, according to the Japan National Tourist Organisation. When Australians think of Tokyo, perhaps a hyper urban image of the city’s famous skyscrapers come to mind. Although there there is much to enjoy in the metropolis, do not forget that just outside city limits, Tokyo is located in a gold mine for nature lovers and hill walkers.

Walking trails within a day’s reach of Tokyo are usually well maintained, safe and, with the obvious exception of Mt Fuji, not too challenging. Nevertheless, it is best to be well prepared and equipped when you go out into the mountains. Know how to choose the right backpack and pack the essentials like water, food, and waterproof clothing, even if you are not camping overnight. It might be a good idea to learn some basic phrases that you can use to get help in an emergency and/or keep a phrase book on you.  To help you in your preparations, here are three destinations great for a hiking trip out of Tokyo.


Perhaps the crown jewel of Japanese tourism, Nikko National Park offers unparalleled hiking opportunities and remarkable sightseeing. Toshogu, the famous decorated shrine, is here. A popular getaway for tourists and native Tokyoites alike, Nikko also has a great selection of hotels and it’s only getting better; Nikko Style, a new luxury hotel brand, has been announced.


Technically within the borders of the Tokyo metropolitan area, but with a remote and traditional feel, Okutama makes a great day trip out of the city. Try Mount Mitake and experience the charming traditional village and dog shrine at the top, as well as the stunning views.

Mt Takao

If you want to play it safe but still enjoy nature, Mt Takao is an easy day out with a lovely atmosphere and great views. Located 50 minutes on a direct train from Shinjuku, this mountain has a variety of well maintained trails for different difficulties so even if you are in a wheelchair it is possible to get to the top. You can either get the cable car down the mountain or walk, depending on how tired you are.

When planning your trip to Tokyo, do not neglect to spend some time exploring Japan’s wonderful mountainous beauty! A little known hiking paradise is waiting for you.

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