World Heritage Mountains
As of March 2019, Japan has 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including both natural and cultural heritages. Mountain climbing is a prime activity at some of these, including the natural heritages of Yakushima, Shirakami-Sanchi, Shiretoko, and the Ogasawara Islands. This site showcases hiking routes for Yakushima and Shiretoko.
The cultural heritage of the Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range includes a portion of the ancient Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route. The trail is popular with international travelers, providing an experience of the area's culture and history.Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest peak and an important cultural heritage. Many trekkers ascend it during the climbing season between July and early September.
The World Heritage Mountains featured on this site are as listed below.
- Mt. Fuji, Yoshida Trailhead Route The most popular route to Japan’s highest mountain peak.
- Mt. Fuji, Fujinomiya Trail Route The shortest route to the top of Japan’s highest mountain.
- Hike of a Scared Mountain via the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Route (Kohechi) Follow a route through a “village in the sky” and a series of historical sites, passing through the Hatenashi-toge Pass.
- Mt. Rausu Round Trip from Iwaobetsu Onsen (hot spring) Hike the Highest Mountain in Shiretoko, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.
- Explore the Shirakami-Sanchi Mountain Range, a UNECSO World Nature Heritage Site Discover a mystical lake in a mountain setting swathed in old-growth beech tree forests.
- Trekking Yakushima's Shiratani Unsuikyo Lush Old Growth Forest and Towering Cedar Trees.
- Jomon Sugi Round Trip from the Arakawa Trailhead Trek to One of Japan’s Largest Cedar Trees.
- Mt. Kuromi : Round Trip from the Yodogawa Trailhead Highland Marshes and a Soaring Boulder Peak in Yakushima
- Mt. Miyanoura Round Trip from the Yodogawa Trailhead Summit Yakushima’s Highest Peak in One Day