Where should we go in Japan (~ central Honshu) to get out of the city and do some hiking?
April 19, 2012 12:22 PM Subscribe
Where do you recommend to get out of the cities and see some nature/countryside in Japan? We'd love to hike, and spend some time soaking in outdoor hot springs. We've looked at the Japanese Alps as well as the area around Hakone, but we're having trouble sorting through the options, and a bit nervous about the guidebook references to "hoards of day-trippers." Help us focus? Any recommendations for towns, specific hiking trails or hotels?
posted by copacetic to Travel & Transportation around Japan (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
2 adults traveling as a couple. We have 10 days in Japan in late May/early June. We're planning on spending the bulk of our time in Tokyo and Kyoto (with a day trip to Nara), but we'd love recommendations for spots to visit outside of the cities. We're looking for areas that could be the "relaxing" portion of our vacation, but still provide something fun/interesting to do every day.
Happy to consider places outside of the ones I mentioned, but areas that won't take forever (6+ hours) to get to from either Tokyo or Kyoto are ideal. Although sleeper trains do sound like a great adventure so we can be swayed.
We'll have up to 3 days and 3 nights, which don't have to be spent in the same place, JR passes, and a pretty flexible budget. Also no Japanese but a strong desire not to let that stop us.
Thanks in advance for helping us uncover more of this wonderful country!