Hiking in Japan: 10 awe-inspiring trails

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From epic climbs up active volcanoes to temple odysseys through the mists of time, Japan is full of fantastic walking trails and some of the world’s most impressive mountains. Here are our top 10 routes, plus a few tips, for the ultimate hiking holiday in Japan.

1. Mount Fuji, Shizuoka

The big one. Japan’s highest mountain at 3,776m Fuji is a truly unforgettable sight. Hike up this national icon (and active volcano) during the season running from July 1 into early autumn, before the snows kick in. At any time of year, altitude sickness can be an issue so don’t try to rush it in one day if possible. The mountain is a two hour drive from Tokyo and there are four trails, each with their own bus stations at the starting point so it’s easy to access from the city.

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