As Japan’s tallest mountain, Fuji is definitely at the top of many a keen hiker’s bucket list. However, if you’re new to tramping, scaling a 3,776-meter peak may seem like an insurmountable challenge. But fear not — there’s a plethora of other mountains across the country that are more accessible for beginners but still offer interesting climbs and fantastic views. If that sounds good, here are six great peaks to get you started!
1. Mount Misen, Hiroshima Prefecture (535 meters)
Mt Misen Photo: Ashley Owen
Mt. Misen is located on the picturesque island of Miyajima, just south of Hiroshima city. At slightly over 500 meters in elevation, it’s a great hike for beginners. There are three routes up: the Momijidani, the Daisho-in and the Omoto trails. The Daisho-in route is generally considered to have the best views, while the Momijidani one is the shortest but steepest of the three.
Whichever you choose, it should take you approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours to reach the summit — leaving you plenty of time to explore Miyajima’s other attractions during your visit. From the top, you get spectacular views out over the Seto Inland Sea and back to Hiroshima. As well as the panoramic backdrop, there are also several Buddhist temple structures you can visit before making your way back to the town. Misen is particularly beautiful to hike in the autumn, when you can enjoy the changing colors of the leaves as you climb.
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