How to Use “Courses" | HIKES IN JAPAN

How to Use “Courses"

The course guides on this site are arranged by the level of skill, fitness, and gear they require. Each course guide also provides maps as well as information for hikers such as mountain huts, hot springs, food and drink, and more. Here's how to use the course guides.

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■Skill Level
★☆☆☆☆ Walking paths
★★☆☆☆ Clear trails
★★★☆☆ Trails with rocky sections or snow patches (Basic map-reading skills required)
★★★★☆ Trails with rocky sections or snow patches (Map and compass skill required)
★★★★★ Trails with rock ridge climbing

■Fitness Level
★☆☆☆☆ Day hike of less than four hours
★★☆☆☆ Day hike of more than four hours or two-day hike with less than four hours of hiking per day
★★★☆☆ Two-day hike with more than four hours of hiking per day
★★★★☆ Three-day hike or longer
★★★★★ Overnight hike with camping in a tent
* Course times do not include rest periods.

■Gear Level
* Check “Hiking Equipment”
★☆☆☆☆ Tourism + hiking
★★☆☆☆ Day hike (snowless periods)
★★★☆☆ Overnight hike (snowless periods, staying at a mountain hut)
★★★★☆ Overnight hike (snowless periods, camping in a tent)
★★★★★ Hike with rock ridge climbing

Course Guide

Here we explain the route from the departure point to the arrival point. The names of mountains and places are given in English along with a transliteration of the Japanese name. Please note that the course times in the text do not include rest periods.

Other Info

Here you’ll find other information on each featured mountain, such as its seasonal attractions and the best times of the year to visit.


Here we provide important notes on hiking the mountains based on the characteristics such as the surface profile of the trails and possible danger spots.

Route Map

You can download the KML data of each course to use with your map app.

On the Trail

Sleeping……Here we provide information on the huts and shelters along the trail.
Eating……Here are some of the places to eat on the trail or at the foot of the mountain.
Hot Springs……Here you will find information on any hot springs along the trail or at the foot of the mountain.

Related Courses

Here you will find information on different courses on the same mountain or in the same area.


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