Brief Description 

Situated just off the coast of northeastern Asia, along the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is a mountainous archipelago composed of five main islands and nearly 7,000 others. 

While the country is very densely populated, most of its terrain is mountainous. After Nepal, Japan is one of Asia’s top mountaineering destinations and is widely considered the best deep powder skiing spot in the world.   

Famous Mountains in Japan 

While Japan is home to several different mountains and volcanoes, stretching from the northern island of Hokkaido down to the south of the main island of Honshu, the country is practically synonymous with one peak in particular: Mount Fuji.

Rising to 3,776 metres (12,389 feet) in elevation, the active volcano is an important cultural and religious symbol throughout Japan. As a result, the peak is an incredibly popular hiking and climbing destination throughout the year.

Other popular expeditions in Japan are:

  • Mount Kitayokodake
  • Mount Rishiri
  • Asahidake
  • Mount Kita
  • Mount Yari

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Quick Facts about Japan 

  • Japan is home to 22 mountains with an elevation of 3,000 metres (9,800 feet) or higher. Additionally, more than 80 other mountain peaks have an elevation of 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) or more.
  • Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is one of the country's most popular hiking and skiing destinations. The island routinely receives some of the deepest and highest-quality powder anywhere in the world. The island is also home to numerous national parks and long-distance hiking trails.
  • Aside from the many mountains and diverse landscapes, Japan is also home to several onsens. These hot springs are located throughout the mountains and are frequented by climbers, hikers and skiers after a long day out on the trail.

What To Expect in Japan 

Weather: During the summer months, temperatures and rainfall patterns vary significantly across Japan. Summer temperatures are generally quite cool in the mountains, especially in the north. On the other hand, rain is not infrequent throughout the summer months, becoming increasingly common from August onwards.

Peak Trekking/Climbing Season: June to September

Currency: Yen (JPY)

Language: Japanese

How To Get To Japan 

Most trips to Japan begin with a flight into Tokyo’s two main international airports, Narita International Airport (NRT) or Haneda Airport (HND). From either of these, it is possible to get nearly anywhere in the country via a connecting flight, by bus or rail. 

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