Hiking in Japan

Summer: The rainy season is finally over after being the longest one on record. While the prime hiking season is once again among us, please take care of your health and pay attention to the latest COVID-19 infection numbers. With Japan about the host the Olympics, infection numbers will likely skyrocket. Perhaps it’s best to wait until you are fully vaccinated before heading into the mountains.

Mt Fuji: After being closed to hikers for a year, Mt Fuji is now open for climbers. There is no word yet what kind of countermeasures are in place to prevent massive crowds gathering to climb the mountain.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, travel to Japan is not advised at the moment. Cases are skyrocketing in Japan, so follow the guidelines of your local jurisdiction.  This site has the latest figures from the government, but be warned that there isn’t much testing done here so there are likely many more cases than what the official numbers reflect.

Guidebook: Our new guidebook has been released by Cicerone Press (UK). Despite the pandemic, copies are still available directly through their website for a special discounted price.

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Mt Kōno, Osaka Prefecture


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