Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji

Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji : Northern, Central and Southern Alps

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Guidebook to the magnificent Japan Alps, which stretch across the middle of the main island of Honshu, and iconic Mount Fuji. The guide describes nine day-walks and thirteen treks of 2-8 days covering the North, Central and South Alps, as well as the four main routes up Mount Fuji - Japan's highest mountain at 3776m - and a further route on neighbouring Mount Kurodake.

The routes visit many of the region's key summits, including several over 3000m. They are graded according to difficulty, although several entail steep ascents and difficult terrain and a few include scrambling and exposure, calling for a sure foot and a good head for heights. Comprehensive step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by clear mapping. The Japan Alps and Mount Fuji boast a well-developed walking infrastructure, and the routes make use of the many mountain huts and campgrounds, full details of which are given in the guide. Some also include the opportunity to visit a traditional hot-spring bath for a refreshing soak after your hike.

You will find all the information you will need to plan a successful walking or trekking holiday, with a wealth of advice on travel, bases, accommodation and facilities. There are additional notes on plants and wildlife, the history of hiking in Japan and safety in the mountains, as well as full mountain-hut listings and a helpful glossary. Inspirational colour photography completes the package, offering a taste of the breathtaking mountain vistas to whet your appetite.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 116 x 172 x 21mm | 460g
  • Kendal, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 55 maps, 27 elevation profiles
  • 1852849479
  • 9781852849474
  • 199,315

Table of contents

Map key
Overview map


Preparations and practicalities
When to go
Getting to Japan
Getting around Japan
Rail passes
Mountain huts and camping
Food and drink
Hot springs
Tourist information offices
What to take
Luggage forwarding
Maps and GPS
The typical hiking day
Mountain etiquette
Health and safety
Using this guide

All about the Japan Alps and Mt Fuji
Location and climate
Geology and landscape
Plants and wildlife
History of hiking in Japan

The North (Kita) Alps

Hakuba Area
Walk 1 Mt Shirouma-dake
Trek 1 Mt Shirouma-dake and Hakuba-Yari Onsen

Tateyama Area
Walk 2 Mt Tateyama
Walk 3 Mt Oku-dainichi-dake
Trek 2 Mt Tsurugi-dake
Trek 3 North Alps traverse

Hotaka Area
Walk 4 Mt Yake-dake
Walk 5 Mt Nishiho-Doppy?
Trek 4 Mt Oku-Hotaka-dake and Karasawa Cirque
Trek 5 Mt Yari-ga-take
Trek 6 Mt Ch?-ga-take and Mt J?nen-dake
Trek 7 Mt Kasa-ga-take

Norikura Area
Walk 6 Mt Norikura-dake

The Central (Ch??) Alps
Walk 7 Mt Kiso-koma-ga-take
Trek 8 Central Alps traverse

The South (Minami) Alps

North Area
Walk 8 Mt Kai-koma-ga-take
Walk 9 Mt Senj?-ga-take
Trek 9 Mt Kita-dake
Trek 10 Mt H?-?

South Area
Trek 11 Mt Arakawa-Higashidake (Mt Warusawa) and Mt Akaishi-dake
Trek 12 Mt Kamik?chi-dake and Mt Hijiri-dake
Trek 13 South Alps traverse

Mt Fuji
Walk 10 Mt Fuji - Yoshida route
Walk 11 Mt Fuji - Subashiri route
Walk 12 Mt Fuji - Gotemba route
Walk 13 Mt Fuji - Fujinomiya route
Walk 14 Mt Kuro-dake

Appendix A Route summary table - walks
Appendix B Route summary table - treks
Appendix C Mountain huts
Appendix D Glossary
Appendix E Useful contacts and further resources
Appendix F Further reading
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About Tom Fay

Tom Fay is a British writer and teacher based in Osaka, and has been living in Japan for well over a decade. He writes about travel and the outdoors for a variety of publications and media outlets, and has hiked and climbed extensively throughout Japan.
Wes Lang has been exploring Japan's mountains since relocating to the country in 2001. In 2008 he became the first American (and one of only a handful of foreigners) to climb the Hyakumeizan, Japan's 100 Famous Mountains.
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