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Hiking / Walking Spots in Japan

  • Yuze Valley Forest Therapy Road
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Akita Kazuno-shi Hachimantai Yuze
  • Towada Lake Nature Guide Club
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Towada-shi Okuse Towadakohanyasumiya
  • Mt. Shiga Climbing Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen
    A trekking course a 50-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. The 12.6 kilometer long trail experiences a 300 meter difference in elevation and is suited to advanced trekkers. Those walking the trail can enjoy sweeping views of the mountains of the Shiga Highlands and, from the mountaintop, look down on numerous ponds below. The trail visits Onuma Pond, whose mysterious emerald green waters draw the eye; Shijuhachiike Marsh, habitat for wetland plants like beautiful Asian skunk cabbage; and Shibuike, a pond where the ice age relic species creeping pine still grows.
  • Shiga Highlands Hiking Nature Sightseeing Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen
    A hiking course located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. 4.1 kilometers long and with a total difference in elevation of 160 meters, the trail condenses all the charms and beauty of the Shiga Highlands into one area, and this beginner-oriented course makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. Starting at Shiga Highland Mountain Station, the trail visits Hasu Pond, where you can see aquatic plants such as the lotus-like Japanese spatterdock; Tanohara Marsh, a prefecturally designated nature park; and majestic trees with luminous moss growing amidst stunning exposed root systems.
  • Shiga Highlands Hiking Mt. Higashidate Tenku Course
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Shigakogen Hoppo Onsen
    A hiking course located a 40-minute drive from the Shinshu-Nakano Interchange on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway. The round trip course includes gondola, lift, and free shuttle bus rides. Kouzan (Alpine Plant) Botanical Garden, situated near the top of Mt. Higashitateyama 2,000 meters above sea level, has been in operation for over 50 years and here visitors can view 500 varieties of rare alpine plants. The Mt. Higashitateyama Observatory at the entrance to the garden offers a sweeping view of the Shiga Highlands as well as the Northern Japan Alps and the Five Peaks of Northern Nagano.
  • Yumichi Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Shimotakai-gun Yamanouchi Machi Uebayashi Onsen
    "A 15-minute bus ride for Kanbayashi Onsen leaving from Nagano Electric Railway Yudanaka Station. The 1.6 kilometer long trail connects the terminal station, Kanbayashi Onsen and Jigokudani Onsen's Jigokudani Monkey Park, famous for its Japanese macaques who bath in the local hot springs. Passing through a cedar forest, it takes around 30 minutes to walk the flat mountain trail. Walkers can catch site of macaques living in the area and, in winter, maybe see snow-covered ""snow monkeys."" Note that snow accumulations in winter make the trail slippery, necessitating the use of shoes with good traction as well as proper clothing to protect against the cold."
  • ACN Shinshu Inadani Campers Village
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kamiina-gun Nakagawa Mura Okusa 7883
    An auto campground with 50 campsites surrounded by the abundant natural beauty of the Southern Japan Alps. Free from light pollution, the campground takes great pride in the star-filled skies campers can enjoy enshrouded by the comfortable silence of the rural location. In addition to convenient log cabins, log houses, and trailer cabins, the campground also has a dedicated camping equipment shop and a sports bike shop. In addition, the campground offers a variety of nature activity programs fun for children and adults, including crafts, trekking, fishing, canoeing, edible wild plant hunting, and nature tours. There are also an abundance of activity facilities located in the area.
  • Shioda Plain Temple Walk
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Ueda-shi Bessho Onsen
    A walking course extending from Shiodamachi Station to the Bessho Onsen hot spring district. 10 kilometers long, the course takes around five to six hours to walk. The course visits the ancient Anrakuji Temple and the Zensanji Temple, founded by the great Kobo Daishi, and visitors can take in the history of Nagano and the Ueda region while on their walk. The course is virtually flat and connected by a shuttle bus, ensuring that just about anyone can walk at least part of the course as their stamina dictates. Maps of the course can be obtained from the Ueda City Kanko Kaikan and other tourist information centers.
  • Harinoki Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Omachi-shi Taira
    A trail leading up Mt. Harinoki which passes through an area considered one of Japan's three most beautiful snowy valleys, taking around an hour and 20 minutes to walk a forested area from Ogizawa to reach the Osawagoya cabin. Note that the cabin is only open from early July to late September. It takes around 40 minutes to walk from the Osawagoya to the end of the valley. The Mt. Harinoki Shintaro Festival is held here on the first Sunday in June.
  • Kagami Pond Walking Path
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Nagano-shi Togakushi
    Kagami Pond, situated 1,200 meters above sea level, is a depression filled with spring water situated at the foot of the Togakushi Mountains, land which long ago formed the bottom of the ocean and which later rose and grew to form mountains. A walking path encircles the pond; one circuit takes around 30 minutes. The walking path connects with Togakushi Forest Botanical Garden and Tenmei Inari Shrine, dedicated to Toyoukeno-Omikami, goddess of the outer shrine at Ise, is located along the way. The area is beautiful year round, but the time around mid-October when the fall foliage is at its peak is particularly stunning.
  • Old Usui Pass Sightseeing Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi
    A walking path maintained on Usui Pass on the border of Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture. From Karuizawa Town, the hiking course consists of a 90-minute uphill walk and a 60-minute downhill walk. The Usui Pass Observation Platform is located near the top of the pass, and from here visitors can enjoy a sweeping view of surrounding mountains such as Mt. Asama and the Myogi Mountains.
  • Shinanoji Nature Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Kitasaku-gun Karuizawamachi Kose
    A walking path located in Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku County, Nagano Prefecture. This hiking course starts in Nagakura, Karuizawa Tone, passing through the town's cool forests and visiting scenic waterfalls such as Shiraito Falls and Ryugaeshi Falls along the way.
  • Akan Natural Recreation Village Camp Field
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Akancho Kamiakan 23-34
  • Guide no Yamagoya
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Bieicho Bibaushi Minami 1-5-52
  • Mt. Nishi Foothill Crater Trail (north entrance)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutaguntouyakochou Izumi
    The Mt. Nishi Foothill Crater Trail is a hiking trail that enables visitors to get a close look at the crater left by the volcanic eruption of Mt. Use in 2000, the old National Highway that was raised up by crustal movement, buildings that were damaged in the eruption, etc. This Trail really brings home the dangers that nature can pose.
  • Kawauchi River Valley Hiking Trail
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Aomori Mutsu-shi Kawauchimachi
  • Kansai Cycle Sports Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Osaka Kawachinagano-shi Amanocho 1304
  • Mukojimayosuishinsuiro Mukojima Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Hinoshi Arai 923-1
  • Chidorigafuchi Ryokudo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kudan-minami 2 -chome 3 Bancho
  • Enupiohojin ochikurabakkukantorifirudo
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Nagano Pref. Kitadumigunhakubamura Hokujou 14920-61

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