Hiking in Japan for Budget Travelers

Japan, a volcanic island country, is 70% covered in mountains, making it one of the best countries in the world for hiking. Mountains are clean, often well maintained and the sights are mind-blowing. Signs can often be in Japanese only on less touristy, but we have included information in English when there is none available, or no tourist information centre with a free English map.

Highlights

Hiking spots by region

Tokyo and Kanto

Mount Mitake – cheap mountain escape from Tokyo

Mt. Mitake (御岳山) is considered a sacred mountain by many Japanese, who frequently make a...

Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島) is a famous hot spring and sightseeing destination, and a popular side trip...

Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is a wonderful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo....

Mount Oyama

Along with Mount Takao, Mount Oyama (大山) is one of the best, and cheapest mountains...

Chichibu

Chichibu is a quiet town in the mountains to the west of Tokyo, best known...

Hakone

Hakone (箱根) is the most popular Tokyo side trip.  There is something for everyone here,...

Mount Takao

The cheapest and easiest to access mountain in Tokyo.  It really is a  great deal, as...

Mount Fuji

Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the view from the top of Mount Fuji has...

Japanese Alps

Kusatsu Onsen – stunningly unique hot spring town

Kusatsu Onsen (草津温泉) is a hot spring town in the Japanese Alps, and popular with...

Kamikochi

Kamikochi is a famous river and hiking spot in the Japanese Alps, between Takayama and Matsumoto.  It offers...

Takayama

Takayama is a beautiful town in the Japanese Alps.  It is famous for it's festivals,...

Hokkaido

Tokachi Onsen

Tokachi Onsen (十勝岳温泉) is a famous hot spring area in Hokkaido. Quieter than places such...

Noboribetsu Onsen

Along with nearby Lake Toya, Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is a great place for budget travelers who want...

Lake Toya (Toyako)

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) is one of the best hot spring towns in Japan for budget...

Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is a famous hot spring town in the Daisetsuzan National Park in...

Asahidake Mountain and Hot Spring

Asahidake (旭岳) is one of the most famous mountains in Japan, and often on tourists itineraries...

Osaka, Kyoto and Kansai

Daigoji Temple – the forgotten World Heritage site of Kyoto

Daigoji Temple (醍醐寺) is a picturesque Buddhist temple in south Kyoto. While a bit run...

Minoo Park (FREE)

Minoo Park (箕面公園) is a popular day drip from Osaka, a great place to go hiking...

Mount Shosha

Mount Shosha (書写山) is a 371 metre tall mountain near Himeji, the top of which...

Uji

Uji (宇治) is a popular tourist spot known for it's many centuries old shrines and...

Koyasan

Koyasan will really take your breath away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a town of Buddist temples...

Tohoku

Yamadera

Yamadera (山寺), meaning Mountain Temple, is a small town well known for its beautiful, scenic Ryūshaku-ji...

Naruko Gorge

Naruko Gorge (鳴子峡) is a stunning Autumn leaves spot in Tohoku. The leaves cover the...

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen (乳頭温泉) is one of the most famous hot spring towns in Japan, with it's...

Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa (田沢湖) is a luminous blue lake in Tohoku and the deepest lake in Japan....

Chugoku

Bitchu-Takahashi – Secret mountain castle

For some reason completely unknown to most tourists, including Japanese tourists, Bitchu-Takahashi (備中高梁) presented one...

Tottori – visit the world renowned sand museum

Tottori (鳥取) is the most popular city in northern Chugoku, best known for its sand...

Mount Daisen

Mount Daisen (大山) is a volcanic mountain in the Chugoku region with amazing views over...

Miyajima

Miyajima is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site near Osaka and Hiroshima.  It's often near the top of the list...

Kyushu

Yakushima – Japan’s top hiking experience

Yakushima (屋久島) is a World Heritage listed subtropical island in southern Kyushu. It is usually...

Yufuin – 100 yen hot spring heaven

Yufuin (由布院) is Beppu's little sister, a smaller and quieter hot spring town with a...

Mount Aso – where is that smoke coming from?!

Mount Aso (阿蘇山) is Kyushu’s most famous volcano and symbol of the prefecture as the...

Unzen Onsen

Unzen Onsen (雲仙温泉) is the most famous hot spring resort near Nagasaki. After experiencing city...

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