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Life is like hiking a mountain. It’s full of ups and downs and sometimes we get attacked and eaten by wild boars. Ok, maybe not that last part. But Japan does have wild boars and we can find them, deer, tanuki, lizards, snakes, birds and a host of exotic insects thriving in the wilds surrounding Kansai. Immersing ourselves in beautiful nature is a great way to relieve stress and live healthy.

Akame 48 Waterfalls

  The Akame 48 Waterfalls is the collective name for a string of waterfalls in the forests of Akame-cho, Mie. There aren’t actually 48, it’s a ‘spiritual’ number meaning many. A 4km walking/hiking path runs through the area and takes visitors to the five main waterfalls: Fudou-taki Falls: Height 15 …

Koyasan Pilgrimage Route (Hike)

  Hiking in Japan? The ancient pilgrimage routes to Koyasan, Koyasan’s Choishi Stupa Route, Koya Sanzan Route and the Women Pilgrims Route, have been …

Arashiyama Scenic Area

  Arashiyama (嵐山) (Wikipedia) is a lovely, nature-centric area in western Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185). Arashiyama is particularly …

Minoh Falls

  Sometimes spelt Minoo, Minoh Falls (Official Website) is the jewel of Meiji no Mori Minō Quasi-National Park (Wikipedia). There’s a leisurely, paved …

Mount Hiei (比叡山) Area

  Mount Hiei Hike Garden Museum Hiei Enryakuji Temple Kokuhoden Museum Mt. Hiei (Wikipedia) is the second highest mountain in Kyoto, at 848 meters …

Takedao Tunnel Hike (武田尾)

  Also known as: Mukogawa Gorge (武庫川渓谷) This is a gentle afternoon stroll along the old, abandoned  JR Fukuchiyama Line railway tracks. There …

Soni Kogen (曽爾高原)

  Soni Kogen is a huge, open plateau renowned for its vast swaths of Japanese pampas grass, picturesque marshes, and stellar views. …

Odaigahara (大台ヶ原)

  Odaigahara (大台ヶ原) Odaigahara ranks up there with Utsukushi-ga-hara, Mt. Hachimantai and Kirigamine as the most accessible of the Hyakumeizan, as you can …

Mt. Shiraga (白髪岳)

  Mt. Shiraga is a bald, rocky peak sandwiched between Sanda and Sasayama cities in central Hyogo Prefecture. The unspoilt panoramic views …

Mt. Ōe (大江山)

  Mention Mt. Ōe to any Japanese person, and they’ll likely start indulging you in the legends of the many oni (demons) that roam …

Mt. Minago (皆子山)

  Mt. Minago is the tallest peak in Kyoto Prefecture and one of the most secluded mountains in the Kitayama range. The …

Mt. Hakkyou (八経ヶ岳)

  Mt. Hakkyou (Wikipedia) is the highest point of the Omine mountain range, and the tallest peak in the Kansai area. It’s …

Mt. Bunagatake (武奈ヶ岳)

  Mt. Bunagatake is a day hike in Shiga Prefecture and is the highest peak in the Hira Mountains. It’s connected to a …

Mt. Aoba (青葉山)

  Mt. Aoba, also known by the nickname of Wakasa-fuji, is a twin-peaked volcanic cone rising proudly from Wakasa bay in northern …

Mount Yura (由良ヶ岳)

  Rising from the mouth of the Yura river in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Mt. Yura is a fantastic day hike for those …

Mount Yoshino (吉野山)

  Mt. Yoshino is the most famous place in Japan for Yamazakura (mountain cherry blossoms), so expect huge crowds every day of …

Mount Takatori (高取山)

  Mt. Takatori is the site of Japan’s oldest mountaintop castle, and the hike takes you up, around, and through the ruins …

Mount Taishaku (帝釈山)

  Surrounded by serene broadleaf forests, Mt. Taishaku is a secluded peak in western Kobe city with wonderful views of Awaji Island …

Mount Seppiko (雪彦山)

  Mt. Seppiko (Wikipedia) is a collection of vertical crags located due north of Himeji city in Hyogo Prefecture. The cliff faces …

Mount Ryozen (霊仙山)

  Mt. Ryouzen, is a spectacular peak located on the eastern shores of Lake Biwa, across the valley from Mt. Ibuki. 1000m …

Mount Mikuma (三熊山)

  Mt. Mikuma is a small hill overlooking the coastal resort town of Sumoto on Awaji Island. The small elevation change and …

Mount Kongo (金剛山)

  This is reputedly one of the two busiest hikes in the Kansai region. Good length, nothing too difficult, but lots of …

Mount Ibuki (伊吹山)

  Mt. Ibuki is a bald turtle-shell shaped peak located near the city of Maibara on the eastern shore of Lake Biwa, …

Konze Alps (金勝アルプス)

  Located near the shores of Lake Biwa in southern Shiga Prefecture, the Konze Alps offers a refreshing escape from the urban …

Kisen Alps (紀泉アルプス)

  The Kisen Alps are a series of rolling peaks located on the Osaka-Wakayama prefectural border. Despite their close proximity to the …

Hyonosen (氷ノ山)

  Hyonosen is the highest mountain in Hyogo Prefecture, and the only peak in the Kansai area where you can see the …