Japan walking vacations travel guide

Japan walking vacations travel guide


2 MINUTE SUMMARY

The wise words of Japanís most celebrated writer ring true for any traveler, especially walking wanderers. However, if any walking trails in the world are going to shake off the shadow of self, then Japanís will. The combination of ancient history, spirituality and remote mountain landscapes is not only uplifting but unique. Follow in the footsteps of Samurai warriors as they covered the country from Tokyo to Kyoto on the Nakasendo Trail. Or ancient and modern day pilgrims on the spiritual, shrine bedecked Kumano Kodo Trail. The mountains are a spiritual place in Japanese culture, with Mount Fuji being the holiest of holies. However, Mount Koya on the Nakasendo Trail is the site of one of Japanís most revered Buddhist monasteries, and Mt. Gassan, Mt. Haguro and Mt. Yudono, collectively known as the Dewa Sanzan are all sacred peaks. Religious beliefs aside, there is no getting away from the fact that Japan is hiking heaven.
Find out more in our Japan walking vacations travel guide.

Go on a Japan walking vacation ifÖ


...you want a completely unique cultural experience along the trail.
...spiritual stop-offs appeal. Temples and shrines are part and parcel of life on the road in Japan.
...staying in traditional inns or ryokans appeals.
...you value the kindness of strangers on your travels. The Japanese welcome is not created for tourists. It is an innate part of their culture.

Donít go on a Japan walking vacation if...


...laissez-faire and going with the flow are your religion. Rules and rituals are big in Japan.
...you donít like Japanese food. You fill your boots on these trips.
...nudity is an issue. Hot spring baths are a common feature in the mountains, and nudity is the norm. Although they are not mixed.
...otherworldliness isnít your thing.

Best time to go on a Japan walking vacation


TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

The Japanese love to hike, so stay clear of big vacations such as New Year or Golden Week. The rainy season mid-May-end June is never extreme. And the Kumano Kodo feels even more ethereal in the mist. Similarly, #nofilter needed in Nikko NP in autumn, when leaf colours are verging on Vermont. For hiking Dewa Sanzan, only Mt. Haguro is accessible all year. Mt. Gassan is closed autumn-early summer, and Mt. Yudono autumn-spring. Fuji is only for summer summit seekers.
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[Top box - Mt Fuji clouds: Sean H,] [Temp chart background: Floyd Manzano]
Written by Catherine Mack
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