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Transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/3 18:41
Hello,
Wefre (my wife and myself) are visiting Japan – for the first time – from 23/10/2018 until 24/11/2018. For our first time visit our focus is on the traditional highlights : Nikko – Tokyo – Kyoto – Nara – Hiroshima. Because we love nature and that is way we love do some (multiday) hiking(s) in between.
Here is a rough version of our itinerary :
• Nikko : 3 nights .
• Tokyo : after our visit to Nikko and at the end of our holiday : 5 – 7 nights.
• Mount Fuji and Hakone region : ?? days – taking our time in combination with some hikes.
• Hiking in Japan Alps – Kamikõchi as starting point ?
• Hiking in Kiso Valley : Tsumago - Magome
• Hiroshima - Miyajima : 3 nights
• Kyoto –Nara
• Kumano Kodõ: ancient pilgrimage trail.
I find it very difficult to find the ideal formula (public transport) – for our trip.
Any advice would be more than welcome – as well for transport as for hiking ideas ?
A final question : Is it possible to take a ferry from Hiroshima – via the Inland Sea – to Kansai ?
Thank you in advance.
Best regards,
Veerle & Stefan.
by thieuXIII  

Re: transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/4 10:35
Hi!

If you want to go to Kamikochi, make sure you plan it for before November 15, because Kamikochi closes for the season then. Some of the hikes into the mountains might have snow by early November, according to the Kamikochi website, the upper areas of the park are currently experiencing Koyo.

Good luck!
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/4 10:41
Just to give you some idea, these are pictures of Kamikochi from mid November on the day it closed in 2012.

https://translate.google.co.jp/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=j...
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: Transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/5 23:38
Another question about the Kumano Kodõ: ancient pilgrimage trail ? Has the Kansai region not to much to suffer under the several passages of typhoons ? Is this trail stil walkable ?
by thieuXIII rate this post as useful

Re: Transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/6 01:27
Another typhoon is going to hit Honshu this weekend, so more damage may be added to what has already been a quite terrible natural disaster-riddled summer/fall for Japan.
by John B digs Japan rate this post as useful

Re: Transport and hiking in Japan 2018/10/6 07:10
Transport and hiking?
Would suggest to rent a camper.
Many trails are hard to reach by public transport.
by Alishan rate this post as useful

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