3 Best Mountains in Japan for Beginner Hikers

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  • As you may know, Japan is a very beautiful country not only for its cultural places, cities and foods, but also the nature. Japan has many beaches and mountains. Maybe some of you who live or traveled in Japan, have gone to the Japan beaches. But have you already tried hiking in Japanese mountains?

    Hiking in Japan can be quite a challenge for those who are not accustomed to do that. But don’t worry, because there are actually some beautiful mountains in Japan that are very good for beginners to try. Check them out and ask your friends to join you!

    1. Mt. Rokko, Kobe

    Standing 931 meters above the sea level, this mountain is located between Osaka and Kobe. You can take train from Umeda station in Osaka to Ashiyagawa station. When arrived, go straight to Koza waterfalls and walk along the most prestigious residence area in Kansai. You will pass the forest and get to Amagi pass. You can take a break in Amagi pass while enjoying the view of azure waters of Seto inland sea, before walking to the summit(about 1 hour). The top of Mt. Rokko consists of hotels, restaurants, and Rokko Garden Terrace. It is also recommended to enjoy the incredible night view of Kobe city from the top of Mt. Rokko.

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    2. Mt. Takao, Tokyo

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    Located in the suburbs of Tokyo, around 599 meters above the sea level, Mt. Takao is considered to be one of the best sightseeing locations. You can get there in around 1 hour, taking train from Shinjuku station to Keio Takaosanguchi station. From Takaosanguchi you need to walk to Kiyotaki station which has a cable car to go to Takaosan station (472 meters above the sea level). But if you really want to go by foot, there are some great trails that you can choose from. Inariyama course with beautiful view along ridge-way, pathway no. 1 is good for beginners. The trails will bring you to the summit in about 1.5 hours. This mountain is a home for Buddhist temple named ‘Yakuoin Temple’.

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    3. Mt. Yoshino, Nara

    This mountain has a wooded temple town on the mountain slope of Nara prefecture and it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. People like to hike this mountain in spring. 30,000 cherry blossom trees are planted around the slopes to satisfy every person who is walking to the top. To get here, take Express train on Kintetsu line to Yoshino station. You can start hiking from the paved road that lead to Kinpusen shrine. From the shrine take a path that will bring you to the mountain trail. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the highest peak of the mountain.

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