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    Hiking in Japan

    Anyone have any good resources on hiking in Japan? Going to be there in September with my wife. Not looking necessarily for specific recommendations, but would love to find a reliable site with information like:
    * trailhead location
    * roundtrip or one way distance
    * elevation gain

    Proximity to Japan Rail would be nice to know also. Most of the google results seem uber touristy and my Japanese is ah, not the best. Ideally looking for what fit western states types might consider a hike (eg, 8-15 miles RT and 3-6k' vertical) rather than a 2 mile 500' paved walk...

    Ideally a resource to search on our own would be ideal. Otherwise... anything westish / southish of Tokyo...

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    I donít know how good this site and its related guidebook are but it seems solid:

    https://japanhike.wordpress.com/kita/

    Iíve never hiked in Japan in summer but skied a decent bit in the Kita Alps and Iíd love to return to check them out without skis some day. Itís only two or three hours from Tokyo to Nagano via Shinkansen and then renting a car is probably simplest. But there are trains and buses that service just about everywhere; you may just have to wait a while and it might not be convenient, for remote trailheads especially.

    Hyperdia.com is fairly comprehensive for figuring out train and bus schedules. If you are going to rent a car itís pretty easy but you need to get an international drivers license from AAA before you leave.

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    I realize you said you'll be near Tokyo, but if you end up in Hokkaido at all this website has pretty comprehensive information: https://hokkaidowilds.org/hike

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    Are you going to hike Fuji?

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    Are you going to hike Fuji?
    No, currently looking at some of the peaks around Matsumoto en route to Kyoto and Kagoshima. I realize everything will be crowded but Fuji crowds sound dreadful...

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    I'm hiking it this September, crowds be damned. I hate crowds more than most, but it's fuckin' Mt Fuji! I'm there for the culture anyways not to get away.

    But I'd be curious to hear if you got beta on something impressive but not so packed.

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    I like the atmosphere in Japan

    I like the atmosphere in Japan. I used to travel in Tokyo, I really like people and the way they work

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    Quote Originally Posted by muted View Post
    Are you going to hike Fuji?

    Last summer I used to wander at Fuji with my wife

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    forgot about this thread for a while. we hiked Mt Yakedake outside of Matsumoto. it was fun with no car... took a bus to a "bus stop" that was basically just a sign by the side of a steep highway embankment. then you walk ~3 miles to the trailhed. it rained every step from the bus stop to the summit and back. not much for views.

    Japan, however, was fucking awesome.

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