It is fun strolling around Tokyo and looking for trendy boutiques and three-star restaurants. We also have numerous fine cultural heritages of the past and scenic spots well worth visiting. But some of you may want to deviate from these trourist routes, and see and experience something different.

Let me remind you that nearly 70 % of the area of this country is covered with forest of varied plant communities, and there are more than 70 volcanoes, some of which are active. You should know there are lots of woodlands and park areas waiting for your visit.

However, even if you want to visit such areas, maybe because of lack of information about how to get to the destination and where to hike around, you would think that you have no other choice but to give up your plan and stay within so-called tourist places. Though it may actually be difficult to climb high mountains, you will be able to visit foothills and back country if you have enough information on the area you are headed for.

This website is primarily a walking guide as well as a natural history guide for those who would like to enjoy and understand the diverse nature of this country. To begin with, I would like to choose places you probably know and introduce you some different perspectives to see them.

Guided Nature Walk "Explobre Mt. Fuji" (JGA Walking Tour)
Operated in May, June, September and October
Mt. Fuji foothills 2 Mt. Mikuni.
Guided Nature Walk
Nature Walk Tsukuba (Self-guided Tour)

The twin peaks popular among Japanese people since ancient times

Nature Walk, "Mount Takao"(Self-guided Tour)

February - December

Nature Walk, "Explore Nikko"(Self-guided Tour)


Nikko (Self-guided Tour)

A pleasant walk along the shore the lake Chuzenji with a fine view of surrounding mountains.

7. Hakone (Self-guided Tour)

Visiting traces of volcanic activity, Owakudani and Lake Ashi.

8. Kyoto (Self-guided Tour)

An uphill walk to Kami-Daigoji Temple through evergreen broadleaved forest.

9. Tokyo (Self-guided Tour)

The Imperial Palace (East garden) with trees representative of plant communities found in Japan.

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Now in bloom are Ume, Japanese apricot blossoms

Winter Cherry


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Japan Railways East

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TX Tsukuba Express

Fujikyu Railways

Live View of Mt. Fuji

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Mt. Fuji viewed from Lake Saiko