Hiking in Japan

Pollen Season: The annual cedar/cypress allergy season is here. If you’ve been sneezing incessantly and have itchy eyes, then you’re probably allergic to the pollen floating around. You can check daily pollen forecasts here so try to time your hikes on days when the pollen levels are low.

Mt Fuji closure: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mt Fuji will be closed until the summer of 2021. Winter conditions are in full effect and the mountain is best viewed from afar anyway.

COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic, travel to Japan is not advised at the moment. Cases are increasing 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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Koma-ga-ike pond, Shiga Prefecture


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