OUTDOORS: 6 Ways To Enjoy Open-Air Life In Japan

Welcome to Japan, an outdoor wonderland! From the mountains to the sea, Japan offers unforgettable experiences for every kind of season and outdoor aficionado!

With so many activities to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to start when planning your outdoor getaway to Japan. So we put together this list of 6 outdoor travel tips to help you get on your way:

1. Camping

Camping Japan

Did you know that you can camp in Japan? With over 3,000 campsites nationwide, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to take in Japan’s natural beauty.

2. Skiing/Snowboarding

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It’s no coincidence that Japan has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice. The powder there is second to none and although you can take to the snow most anywhere in Japan, try Tohoku (northern area) in late April or Hokkaido in mid-May to catch the cherry blossoms in bloom while you hit the slopes.

3. Hiking

Japan Hiking

If you really want to experience the outdoors, why not take a nature walk and get up close and personal with Japan’s impressive landscapes? With mountains covering over 70% of Japan’s terrain, you’ll have no trouble finding a great hiking trail.

4. Extreme Sports

Japan rafting

For those adrenaline junkies, Japan has no shortage of extreme sports. From white water rafting to bungee jumping, paragliding and more, you can be sure to find a thrilling activity to get the blood pumping.

5. Spelunking

Japan Spelunking

Japan’s long history of volcanic activity has left the island nation with countless caves and caverns just waiting to be explored. Exercise your inner adventurer with a cave tour and explore Japan’s hidden natural wonders.

6. Fishing

Japan Fishing

Aside from the obvious ocean fishing available to Japan as an island nation, there are also an abundance of rivers and lakes that offer fisherman the chance to catch some amazing freshwater fare. Try ice fishing like an Ainu for smelt on the Barato river in Sapporo and have your day’s catch made into tempura on site!