Mountains in Central Honshu

The Japanese mountains offer many hiking possibilities all year round, from shorter walks suitable for children to extended hikes. I used to live in Nagoya, a city of two million on the Pacific between Tokyo and Osaka. Easiest to reach are the mountains in southern Gifu and Nagano, but the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi are not too far, either; for an overview check out this map. The following list is a short account of rewarding destinations, except for the light gray ones I have visited all of them myself. This is only a small sample of possible hikes, of course:

Fuji-san (3776 m)

Chuo Alps


Minami Alps


  • Jizo-dake (2764 m)
  • Kannon-dake (2840 m)
  • Yakushi-dake (2780 m)


  • Aka-dake (2899 m)
  • Io-dake (2742 m)

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Before you start out on a hike, it might be a good idea to check the weather forecast.


Chubu Map