UPDATED with information from Wes Lang, editor of Hiking in Japan.
by site editor Rick McCharles
If you were to plan a hiking vacation in Japan, here’s my advice.
First, get a copy of Lonely Planet Hiking in Japan, the best guidebook in English.
Plan your itinerary scheduling more time than you expect getting to and from trailhead. (It’s easy to miss a bus connection and get stuck overnight somewhere.)
You’ll almost always lose a day due to bad weather.
An ideal trip, in my opinion, would include these 4 routes:
1) Tate-Yama to Kamikochi (6 to 10 days)
“Hike the length of the North Alps — top hike in Japan!
2) Daisetzu-zan Grand Traverse (4-7 days)
The ultimate long hike across the roof of Hokkaido.
3) Kita-dake to Huiri-dake (2-10 days depending on route)
Rough and remote traverse the length of the South Alps
* Mt Fuji is a must too, of course.
A wise man climbs Mt Fuji …
To do all of those you should be there July – September. … you can get away with going in June if you’ve got a pair of light crampons. May if you’ve got skis.
If you’ve hiked Japan, what do you think?