Japan’s hiking boom has resulted in well-signposted and maintained trails, as well as plentiful mountain hut and campsite accommodation. The views from peaks such as Fuji and Asahi can’t fail to make the effort worthwhile
Japan’s reputation as an overcrowded and urban country extends only to the coastal plains where the majority of the population live. A good 70% of the country is mountainous, and thanks to a hiking boom that has swept the nation over the past decade, trains, buses, mountain huts and trailheads are easy to access and well-maintained.
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