Hiking in Japan

Rainy Season: The summer rain front has now started in Tokyo and Nagano and will begin any day now in western Japan. The rains have also woken up the mountain leeches in certain areas, so make sure you come prepared with gaiters and some salt if heading into leech country.

Mt Fuji: Mt Fuji is now closed for the 2021 climbing season. The climbing season starts on July 1st.

COVID-19 Update: Japan is still limiting the number of visitors and tourists are still restricted from entering the country. Hopefully these restrictions will be lifted as we ease into summer.

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 Nagusa, Hyōgo Prefecture


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