Guidebook to the magnificent Japan Alps, which stretch across the middle of the main island of Honshu, and iconic Mount Fuji. The guide describes nine day-walks and thirteen treks of 2-8 days covering the North, Central and South Alps, as well as the four main routes up Mount Fuji - Japan's highest mountain at 3776m - and a further route on neighbouring Mount Kurodake.The routes visit many of the region's key summits, including several over 3000m. They are graded according to difficulty, although several entail steep ascents and difficult terrain and a few include scrambling and exposure, calling for a sure foot and a good head for heights. Comprehensive step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by clear mapping. The Japan Alps and Mount Fuji boast a well-developed walking infrastructure, and the routes make use of the many mountain huts and campgrounds, full details of which are given in the guide. Some also include the opportunity to visit a traditional hot-spring bath for a refreshing soak after your hike.You will find all the information you will need to plan a successful walking or trekking holiday, with a wealth of advice on travel, bases, accommodation and facilities. There are additional notes on plants and wildlife, the history of hiking in Japan and safety in the mountains, as well as full mountain-hut listings and a helpful glossary. Inspirational colour photography completes the package, offering a taste of the breathtaking mountain vistas to whet your appetite.
Map keyOverview mapIntroductionPreparations and practicalitiesWhen to goGetting to JapanGetting around JapanRail passesAccommodationMountain huts and campingFood and drinkHot springsMoneyCommunicationsLanguageTourist information officesWhat to takeLuggage forwardingMaps and GPSWaymarkingThe typical hiking dayMountain etiquetteHealth and safetyEmergenciesUsing this guideAll about the Japan Alps and Mt FujiLocation and climateGeology and landscapePlants and wildlifeHistory of hiking in JapanThe North (Kita) AlpsHakuba AreaWalk 1 Mt Shirouma-dakeTrek 1 Mt Shirouma-dake and Hakuba-Yari OnsenTateyama AreaWalk 2 Mt TateyamaWalk 3 Mt Oku-dainichi-dakeTrek 2 Mt Tsurugi-dakeTrek 3 North Alps traverseHotaka AreaWalk 4 Mt Yake-dakeWalk 5 Mt Nishiho-Doppy?Trek 4 Mt Oku-Hotaka-dake and Karasawa CirqueTrek 5 Mt Yari-ga-takeTrek 6 Mt Ch?-ga-take and Mt J?nen-dakeTrek 7 Mt Kasa-ga-takeNorikura AreaWalk 6 Mt Norikura-dakeThe Central (Ch??) AlpsWalk 7 Mt Kiso-koma-ga-takeTrek 8 Central Alps traverseThe South (Minami) AlpsNorth AreaWalk 8 Mt Kai-koma-ga-takeWalk 9 Mt Senj?-ga-takeTrek 9 Mt Kita-dakeTrek 10 Mt H?-?South AreaTrek 11 Mt Arakawa-Higashidake (Mt Warusawa) and Mt Akaishi-dakeTrek 12 Mt Kamik?chi-dake and Mt Hijiri-dakeTrek 13 South Alps traverseMt FujiWalk 10 Mt Fuji - Yoshida routeWalk 11 Mt Fuji - Subashiri routeWalk 12 Mt Fuji - Gotemba routeWalk 13 Mt Fuji - Fujinomiya routeWalk 14 Mt Kuro-dakeAppendix A Route summary table - walksAppendix B Route summary table - treksAppendix C Mountain hutsAppendix D GlossaryAppendix E Useful contacts and further resourcesAppendix F Further reading