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Old Jul 6th, 2017, 02:13 AM
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Travelling in Japan for 3 weeks - advice.

Hello,

Would like to have some advice about Japan, where we will go for 3 weeks. Have to stay in Kyoto for 4-5 days, other than that it's a free schedule.

We both like hiking, so maybe anyone knows some good trails to go to!

Thanks
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Old Jul 6th, 2017, 04:50 PM
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Please spend some time – lots of it! – with japan-guide.com

4 or 5 days is not much for a first visit to Kyoto / Nara.

For info on hiking:
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2427.html

LOTS of trip reports and planning threads on this board; you might do well to read some of them, too.
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There are various hiking spots throughout Japan. I have been to some, including the Mt. Aso area on Kyushu, which has some nice hiking. I have been thinking about going on the Shikoku trail which goes from temple to temple, but it takes several weeks. You can, of course, only do a portion. As kja said, you need to do more research.
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Since around 70% of the country is mountainous, there is no shortage of hiking - although there is much more than that. If you want to add some variety of scenery, I suggest you try some places like the Kibi Plain in Okayama and rent some bicycles to see the area. And if you're really fit, you can rent some bikes for the Shimanami Kaido from Onomichi in Hiroshima and go hopping across various islands to Shikoku.

Also along the way is a must-see place - the wildly ornate Kosanji Temple, which some call a "Buddhist Disneyland".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Q5EjEOXI8

If you are going to be in the Kansai area, why not pursue some good hiking there? Spend a night at Koyasan and hike some of the old pilgrimage trails. Go up to Amanohashidate and walk across the sandbar. It's one of Japan's Top 3 views. In Mie, there is also the Akame 48 Falls hike (Shijuhachitaki) which takes about 3 hours and is very relaxing.
You don't mention which season you will travel in. In Kagawa there is Kotohira with one of the country's best half day hikes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ley9rVIewoQ
Plus one of the most memorable hikes you will ever take is through the 300 million year old Akiyoshido Cave and karst plateau Akiyoshidai.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqIKC9S8TFQ
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6130.html
There are of course many more if you're ready for the trip there. In Kyoto there is Kibune, Kurama, Hiei, and Takao. In Himeji in addition to the best castle, there is Mt Shosha. In Nagano there's the Kiso Valley...and Aomori has its grand jewel, the Oirase Stream.
https://goo.gl/ok11m7

And depending on the time of year, Hokkaido is a hiker's dream.
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We did a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo . From the train station at Kita kamakura we started the hike to the big buddha which took about 1.5 hours. it was beautiful! Great scenery along the way.
Koyasan also a great place to hike.
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Hi Puru

I am in Kyoto at the moment and we will have spent 5 days here by the time we leave. It's quite a laid back place so you don't have to spend as much time zooming around the place like in Tokyo.

In Kyoto I would recommend the Fushimi Inari-Taisha shrine which is really famous. It's also quite a hike to get to the top with so many stairs! I would go as early as you can so you can get nice photos without all the tourists.

Sanjusangendo Buddhist Temple is also well worth a visit - there are 1001 statues of Kannon and it is really quite amazing to see.

Spend an hour or two wandering around Nishiki Market and sampling the different food there. There are also so many great hole-in-the-wall places to get ramen. I really recommend Ginjo Ramen Kubota - we ate there twice!

If you like coffee there are also some great cafes tucked away. I have blogged about one here - http://am-to-pm.com/monday-coffee-kyoto/ - and I will be putting more Japan stories up in the coming weeks.

In Japan I would also spend a few days in Osaka and maybe a week in Tokyo if you like city life - though it sounds like you might prefer to spend more time in nature. We really wanted to hike Mt Fuji but don't think we will get to do it this time.

Japan is an amazing place, I love it here but it is also quite expensive! Even just catching the train each day eats into our budget quite a lot.

I hope you have a great trip!
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