Tag - hiking



Mount Fuji's Yoshida trail in Yamanashi Prefecture crowded with hikers on Sept. 2. Shizuoka Prefecture has decided to restrict entrance to trails on the mountain during evenings from this summer, following a similar move by Yamanashi.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 14, 2024
Shizuoka joins Yamanashi Prefecture to restrict night climbing on Mt. Fuji
The measure aims to prevent unsafe attempts to scale Japan's tallest mountain for sunrise in one go without sleeping overnight.
Climbers watch the sunrise at the summit of Mount Fuji in August last year. The Yamanashi prefectural government had said it would restrict the number of climbers on the Yoshida Trail if overcrowding posed a danger, though it has yet to do so.
Feb 1, 2024
Mount Fuji climbers to face ¥2,000 fee from summer as tourism rises
The fee will be collected at a gate to be installed at the 5th station of the Yoshida Trail on the Yamanashi Prefecture side of the mountain.
A photo shows a section of the Michinoku Coastal Trail in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture.
LIFE / Travel
Jan 31, 2024
1,000-kilometer nature trek helping Tohoku once again hit its stride
An area struck by disaster and rich in nature pins its hope on good reviews overseas to get the tourism sector thriving.
In residential areas, bears are said to be attracted to compost waste, persimmons and chestnuts.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 20, 2023
Bear attacks on the rise in Akita and Iwate due to lack of food
According to Akita Prefecture, a record 39 people were attacked from April through Oct. 11.
Mount Asahi, in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, is seen from Mount Sanbonyari. The bodies of four elderly hikers were found Saturday morning near a trail on Mount Asahi.
Oct 7, 2023
Four elderly hikers die near mountain trail in eastern Japan
The four, two men and two women, believed to be in their 60s and 70s, are likely to have lost their way on the 1,896-meter peak in the town of Nasu.
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing and it is necessary for hikers to take precaution measures.
Oct 4, 2023
Japanese officials warn mountain hikers of bear attacks this fall
Bear-caused deaths and injuries have been increasing, prompting the government to warn hikers to take precautionary measures.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jul 1, 2023
Five climbs around Tokyo to get your Mount Fuji fix
Crowds dimming your hopes of a Mount Fuji climb this summer? These five peaks around Tokyo may be better options — with or without throngs of tourists.
Japan Times
Mar 5, 2023
Son revives legendary mountain trail to fulfill father's dying wish
The Ito Shindo trail has been dubbed 'the last frontier of the Northern Alps' and links Toyama and Nagano prefectures.
Japan Times
Oct 29, 2022
Koichi Yamashita: ‘My art is about expressing the reality beyond emotion and thought’
A critic told Koichi Yamashita to 'use color,' but the artist prefers to reflect the 'dignity and strictness' of Japan's mountains through black-and-white representations.
Japan Times
Oct 21, 2022
Walk this way, talk this way: The Japanese vocabulary of going on a pilgrimage
Get back to nature and take a break from the rat race by embarking on one of Japan's many storied pilgrimages.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Longform
Sep 19, 2022
Pitch black: A therapeutic walk into total darkness
Night treks help people in Japan reclaim a primitive fear and reverence toward a world without light.
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2022
Mount Fuji to kick off season on July 1 with COVID measures in place
The local governments of Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, which Mount Fuji straddles, will require hikers to hand in a health check sheet and take their temperature at the fifth station.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 2, 2022
The sublime boredom of walking Japan
In a world where getting from A to B is dominated by cars, planes and trains, we all walk far less than people used to. 10,000 steps a day is an aspirational target for many. But for Craig Mod, that's just a stroll before lunch.
Japan Times
Sep 8, 2021
‘Best Day Walks Japan’: A more relaxed approach to hiking in Japan
Lonely Planet's helpful new guidebook covers 60 accessible walks throughout Japan, with accompanying maps and photographs showing off Japan's wilder side in full color.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2020
A thousand years of walking through Japan
The act of walking was one that Saigyo, Basho and Matsuo turned into poetry.
Japan Times
Jun 26, 2020
Popular Gunma hiking trail to reopen with reduced rescue services
Half of the 20 mountain huts servicing hikers along the popular marshland will be open from Wednesday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Mar 28, 2020
Find solitude on Mount Kuju, central Kyushu’s highest peak
Part of Aso-Kuju National Park, Mount Kuju comprises a number of lofty peaks. But at 1,791 meters, Nakadake is the highest, and a worthwhile spot for any hiking enthusiast. It is also a must for those seeking the unusual and the unique.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Jan 29, 2020
Christmas on Everest: Nothing stirs, not even a mouse
Why climb Mount Everest during the winter off-season? To have the most majestic vista on Earth all to yourself.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Nov 30, 2019
Cold, crowd-free, breathtaking: Mount Yari out of season
Why do hikers leave the warmth of the city for Kamikochi during off-season?
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2019
Closed typhoon-hit trails in Japan put damper on rush to view autumn leaves
November typically sees a surge in hikers seeking to enjoy autumn leaves, but several trails in Kamakura, Hakone and other destinations across Kanagawa Prefecture — and elsewhere in the Kanto region — remain closed indefinitely after two powerful typhoons tore through the country in September and...


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