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Mount Hiei between the Kyoto and Shiga, Japan

Mount Hiei

Tradition meets history and natural beauty on Kyoto’s sacred mountain.

Okunoin Cemetery Mount Koya on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail

Kumano Kodo: Kohechi Route

This demanding trek is for seasoned hikers only, but gorgeous views and the unearthly Mount Koya are sure to take anyone’s breath away.

Hashikui-iwa Rocks Kumano Kodo Ohechi Coastal Route in Wakayama Japan

Kumano Kodo: Ohechi Route

Take the road less traveled on this coastal hiking trail once sought out by poets and painters for artistic inspiration.

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route

Channel the Amazing Race on this unique mountain route.

Mt. Yatsugatake

Yatsugatake Mountains

Hike. Onsen. Star gaze. Repeat.

Kameiwa cave

Kameiwa Cave

When the timing is just right, glimpse a heart-shaped vision created by sunlight at this magical cave.

Yahiko

A little village with big things happening: Lantern festies and a hike the height of Tokyo SkyTree.

mount gassan

Tsuruoka

Whatever way the jellyfish go...

Ito

Tattoo-friendly onsen, panoramic ocean views, and capybaras? Count us in.

Iya valley and Kazurabashi vine bridge, Tokushima Prefecture

Iya Valley

Where bountiful hiking meets thrill-seeking.

Niyodo Blue

Niyodo River, Nikobuchi Waterfall and Nakatsu Gorge

Witness the purest of waters, a sacred power spot and the amazing ‘Niyodo Blue.’