Japan Has More Than 10,000 Miles Of Long-Distance Hiking Trails


Japan is home to 5 out of 10 of the world’s longest hiking trails. Who knew the Asian island country was a trekking paradise?

Japan’s cities are high-tech destinations worth whirlwind visits, but check out these 5 trails for some big-time detoxing from your daily electronically-induced hustle.

1. Hokkaidō Nature Trail

Hokkaido Island has active volcanoes, hot springs and a temperate summer. If you walked the entire trail loop, including all of the forks and branches, it would take 230 days.

  • Length: 2,849 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

2. Tōhoku Nature Trail

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This trail has stretches of mild strolling, but to make it through the entire 220 days, you’d have to climb some serious mountains.

  • Length: 2,718 miles
  • Difficulty: Expert

3. Chubu Hokuriku Nature Trail

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You’ll get both mountain vistas and coastline panoramas on the island of Hokuriku. It would take 200 days to walk it all.

  • Length: 2,504 miles
  • Difficulty: Beginner

4. Kinki Nature Trail: 2,045 miles

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The Kinki trail winds through mainland Japan, including Kyoto and Osaka. Make sure some of your 165 days trekking include the spring’s cherry blossom season.

  • Length: 2,045 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

5. Kyushu Nature Trail

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This trail is on the southernmost island in the country, which is home to an active volcano. Your 130 days on the path goes through several national parks.

  • Length: 1607 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate

And those are only the five longest in the country! There are hundreds more amazing hiking trails in Japan. The country is teeming with stunning national parks, iconic mountains and brilliant green wilderness.