Nature and the Outdoors in Japan
Think of Japan and images of its buzzing metropolises spring to mind, yet look beyond the cityscape of Tokyo and a world of rolling rice fields, remote islands and verdant valleys awaits. With its bubbling hot springs, towering volcanoes and snow-capped mountains, Japan's varied topography is the perfect setting for an adventure in the great outdoors.
Step back in time along the ancient Nakasendo Way, soak in a natural onsen, summit Mount Fuji or chase powder on the slopes of Niseko for the ultimate way to experience the best of Japan’s natural world.
Spend a day exploring the treasures of Hakone, including a cruise on Lake Ashi, marvelling at the magnificent views of Mount Fuji and surrounding mountains, before visiting the Hakone Open Air Museum, home to works by Rodin, Miro and Picasso.
Jigokudani Monkey Park and Obuse Township
Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park and nearby Obuse. Jigokudani Monkey Park sits at the foot of the Shiga Highlands and local Japanese macaques are often seen here bathing in the natural hot springs. Afterwards visit Obuse, home to sake warehouses and galleries
A guided day in Arashiyama district, located at the base of Kyoto's western mountains. Take a boat trip on the Hozugawa River before discovering Zen Buddhist temples and the famous bamboo grove, one of Japan's most iconic scenic areas.
Scott Dunn Suggests: Walking in and around Hakone
Hakone have some beautiful hiking trails which provide stunning, scenic walks to many of Japans lofty or snowy peaks. Some of the original stone pavements remain which take hikers past tea houses, waterfalls and through overgrown forests.
Lake Kawaguchi (Mount Fuji), Japan
Perched next to Lake Kawaguchi at the base of Mt Fuji, Hoshinoya Fuji is Japan's most breathtaking 'glamping' experience. This wonderful escape sits deep in a red pine forests and on a clear day the views of Mt Fuji are spectacular.
Nakasendo Walking Trail
Step back in time as you make your way along the Nakasendo Way, a network of ancient highways used by people travelling from Kyoto to Tokyo. Along the four day walk you will trek along village paths and forested trails getting a unique taste of Japan.
Established in 1901, Jinpyokaku is a historic onsen ryokan loved by many writers and artists such as Yasunari Kawabata and Soseki Natsume. With only 6 rooms, this is a quiet and traditional option and a great base from which to explore the mountains.
Nestled into the hillside overlooking the inland sea of Japan and out to Miyajima Island, The Sekitei provides the ultimate Ryokan experience. With just twelve rooms, the attention to detail here is outstanding and the service is second to none.
A beautiful Japanese Ryokan just twenty minutes from historic Takayama, Wanosato is surrounded by forested hills and traditional Japanese villages. Dating back 160 years, with a rare Gasso-zukuri thatched roof, Wanosato is a truly unique place.
Tokyo, Kiso Valley, Kyoto, Miyajimaguchi & Lake Kawaguchi (Mount Fuji)
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Our guide to Japan
Our guide to Japan