What is hiking? Introducing must-see information for beginners, such as what to wear, what to bring, and how it differs from trekking!

What is hiking? Introducing must-see information for beginners, such as what to wear, what to bring, and how it differs from trekking!
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On this page, we will introduce the great outdoor leisure staple " hiking (Hiking) ” Special feature!

Clothes, things to bring, differences from trekking, mountain climbing, or walking, etc. Thorough introduction of information for hiking beginners To do.

In addition, we will focus on the Kanto area including Tokyo and Kanagawa. Check out popular experience tours across Japan Let's do it.

What is hiking?

What is hiking? Introducing must-see information for beginners, such as what to wear, what to bring, and how it differs from trekking!

First of all" hiking What? We will review the basic knowledge of hiking for beginners.

What is hiking? Outdoor sports that you can enjoy while walking through nature such as mountains and forests and the scenery of unknown lands. It is a general term for.

Also, for the purpose of observing nature at night. ``Night tours'' and ``snow hikes'' in snowy areas are also sometimes called ``hiking.'' Masu.

Depending on the purpose and course, it may also be called walking, which is a full-fledged You can enjoy it with lighter clothing compared to trekking and mountain climbing. That's what makes it so appealing.

In addition to being expected to be effective in maintaining health and resolving lack of exercise, immersing yourself in nature also has the benefit of relieving daily stress. there is.

Ranking of popular hiking experience tours nationwide

1 rank

[Hokkaido/Shiretoko] Snowshoe hiking with fantastic snow lights - Why not enjoy the atmosphere of the forest at night?

Shiretoko Nature Office
Shiretoko/Abashiri/Kitami
3,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review/experience)

winter night. The forest is a very quiet space. Would you like to enjoy a magical winter night?

2 rank

[Nagano/Omachi City Snowshoes/Snowshoes] Enjoy the beauty of the North African foothills that can only be seen in winter! 1 day course

Omachi/Lake Aoki Adventure Club
Azumino/Omachi
11,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (6 reviews/testimonials)

I want to explore and feel the beauty of the mountains more than adventure. This is a trekking/hiking experience where you can experience snowshoeing or snowshoes. We offer 4 courses. In April, in search of snow, tours are held on courses other than the four. Lunch is required for the one-day snowshoe snowshoe hike course. Lunch can be prepared by the local guide depending on the course, weather, and number of participants.

3 rank

[Nagano/Kitayatsugatake] "Snowshoe tour" that even beginners can enjoy with peace of mind. Anyone from 10 years old can participate!

Alps Boken Club
Tateshina, Lake Shirakaba, Kurumayama, Lake Megami, Himekidaira
10,000 Yen~ (tax included)

・Tour details: Snowshoe hiking tour at Kita Yatsugatake. This is a course setting for beginners. Use the Kita Yatsugatake Ropeway to reach the 2240m snow area. Would you like to blend in with the impressive scenery created by nature in the middle of winter? Basically I enjoy downhill snowshoeing. (The first half is a walk through the snowy fields and forests halfway up Mt. Kita Yatsugatake, and the second half is a walk.

Difference between hiking and trekking/climbing

What is hiking? Introducing must-see information for beginners, such as what to wear, what to bring, and how it differs from trekking!

" hiking What is the difference between trekking and trekking? "or" What is the difference between mountain climbing and hiking? I think there are many people who have questions such as:

As mentioned above, the appeal of hiking is that in many cases Easy to enjoy with light clothing There is a particular thing.

Courses with fewer ups and downs have become mainstream compared to trekking and mountain climbing. The purpose is to walk a certain distance as an extension of sightseeing or walking. is.

Therefore, in many cases there is no need for equipment such as trekking boots or special wear. You can also enjoy it with casual clothes such as sneakers is.

on the other hand, The line between hiking and trekking or hiking and mountain climbing is blurred However, the name may change depending on the course or tour.

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Appropriate clothing for hiking

What is hiking? Introducing must-see information for beginners, such as what to wear, what to bring, and how it differs from trekking!

Next, hiking Clothes suitable for enjoying I would like to introduce you to

I mentioned earlier that you can enjoy hiking in your casual clothes, but it goes without saying. The basics are clothes that are easy to move in and don't mind getting dirty. It becomes.

for example, It is best to refrain from wearing high-heeled shoes or skirts. Probably.

Also, it is easy to put on and take off in case of sudden changes in weather or temperature. It is also essential to wear layers and prepare rain gear. is.

The list below is an example of clothing suitable for hiking.

List of clothing suitable for hiking

  • sneakers/trekking shoes
  • quick drying innerwear
  • long sleeve tops
  • long pants
  • Rainwear (waterproof/windproof jackets, etc.)
  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • Such

T-shirts, etc. to be worn when trekking For innerwear, it is recommended to use quick-drying synthetic fibers regardless of the season. It has been.

As a basic equipment, it is used regardless of the season, considering safety aspects such as preventing injury and protecting yourself from pests. Wearing long sleeves and long pants is recommended. (No skirts allowed)

Also, to protect yourself from the sun. Hats, sunglasses, and rainwear made from waterproof and windproof materials in case of sudden rain and wind. is also a required item.

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Things you need for hiking

Continuing with “ hiking List of items needed for ”.

What you should bring will vary depending on where you go hiking, but The basic idea is to carry it in a rucksack (backpack) so that both hands are free. is.

List of items needed for hiking

  • rucksack (backpack)
  • Change of clothes
  • gloves (work gloves)
  • towel
  • Water bottle
  • behavioral food
  • Plastic bag
  • Health insurance card
  • emergency medical equipment
  • whistle
  • Such

For example, when enjoying a hike in an outdoor field such as a mountain or forest, Change of clothes, towels etc. A mobile phone is required.

You can also put it in a water bottle or plastic bottle. Action food that you can easily eat when you are hungry or have a drink Make sure to carry it with you.

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Recommended spots for hiking

" hiking Where should I do it? "or" Where are the famous hiking spots? I think there are many people who are looking for recommended hiking courses such as ``.

From here on, we will introduce " Recommended spots for hiking ” We will introduce the trial tour plan.

Recommended hiking experience tours in Kanto

[Saitama/Tokigawa] A hiking tour where you can eat udon noodles made with locally produced ingredients while visiting tourist attractions in Tokigawa town! 3 hours experience! Tour photo gift!

sherpa
Higashimatsuyama/Sakado
4,500 Yen~ (tax included)

This is a walking tour in Tokigawa Town, Saitama Prefecture. For those who like walking, those who like nature, and those who want to be healed by nature. Individuals are also welcome. We will guide you while walking along the sidewalk with little difference in height while looking at the scenery such as the mountains and streams of Tokigawa Town. For lunch, you can eat udon and soba noodles made with locally sourced ingredients. ~Flow of the day~10:00 Meeting time base

[Trial plan tour] Super short time! Let's experience Senjogahara in winter! ! [Tochigi Prefecture/Oku-Nikko]

Nikko Natural History Museum Co., Ltd.
Nikko, Kirifuri Kogen, Oku-Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Imaichi
2,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.9
  • (14 reviews/testimonials)

<Finally decided to be held! Experience Senjogahara in winter with a nature guide! ! >In response to the voice of Okunikko fans who say ``I want to enjoy Senjogahara all season!'', we will be holding a guided tour for the first time in which nature guides will take you around Senjogahara in winter. Oku-Nikko in winter is one of the coldest areas in northern Kanto. In particular, the area around Senjogahara is at a high altitude.

Recommended hiking experience tours in Kansai

[Wakayama/Mt. Koya] Spectacular view reserved! Lunch included: Okunoin tour and ancient forest trail hike

AWESOME TOURS Co., Ltd.
Koyasan
17,500 Yen~ (tax included)

Would you like to take a walk along the ancient pilgrimage route in the forest? The plan is to casually walk for 40 minutes along a beautiful mountain path, then reserve a spot with a spectacular view for yourself to have lunch (local Koyasan cuisine bento). We offer a luxurious time to soak in famous historic sites and spectacular views of nature in a refreshing sacred place, and there are no tough mountain climbing courses. A private shuttle is available at the final point, so you can enjoy the spectacular views.

[Kyoto/Uji] Tea plantation hiking and tea picking experience with a guide ~ You can also eat the actual tea leaves at the store! (English OK)

d:matcha Kyoto CAFE & KITCHEN
Nagaokakyo/Uji/Minamiyama Castle
6,000 Yen~ (tax included)

Just as there are varieties of rice such as ``Koshihikari'' and ``Sasanishiki,'' there are also various varieties of tea. A famous variety is "Yabukita", which accounts for about 75% of the tea produced in Japan. By tasting 100% of the tea varieties as they are, you will be able to feel the distinctive characteristics of Japanese tea and learn more about the depth of the world of Japanese tea! d

Recommended hiking experience tours in Hokkaido

[Hokkaido/Iburi] Day hike with a professional guide in Mt. Date Monbetsu<初心者OK>

Guide Office Pika
Toya, Noboribetsu, Tomakomai
13,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.5
  • (1 review/experience)

Departing from and arriving at Sapporo Station! This is a one-day hiking tour of Mt. Date Monbetsu, located to the east of Date City. As you pass through the gentle forest and reach the ridgeline, the view opens up. From there, walk along the ridge with a nice view! If you have a good view from the top, you can see Funka Bay below. You can see Mt. Usu, Mt. Yotei, and Mt. Komagatake. After descending the mountain, it's time to take a hot spring in the neighborhood. Professional guide explains various points of mountain walking

[Hokkaido/Niseko] Niseko Annupuri hiking tour with a professional guide

Guide Office Pika
Niseko Rusutsu
17,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (2 reviews/testimonials)

Departing from and arriving at Sapporo Station! This is a one-day hiking tour that takes you to Niseko Annupuri, the main peak of the Niseko Mountain Range, which is counted as one of Japan's 300 famous mountains. First, we will climb through the Betula birch forest. The view opens up from Cairn 930. The view from the top of the mountain is outstanding! In front of you is Mt. Yotei. You can see beautifully from the Niseko Mountain Range to the Sea of ​​Japan. After descending the mountain, it's time to take a hot spring in the neighborhood. pro guide

[Hokkaido/Sorachi] Uryu Marshland tour with a professional guide

Guide Office Pika
Ishikari/Sorachi/Chitose
19,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review/experience)

Departing from and arriving at Sapporo Station! This is a one-day hiking tour that takes you through Uryunuma, a high-rise wetland called the Oze of the North. As you cross the varied mountain trail, what awaits you is a paradise of flowers! You can relax and enjoy nature while enjoying the colorful flowers. Along the way, you can see the mighty flowing Hakuryu Falls. In autumn, the wetland glows golden yellow with the changing leaves of the grass. Ta

Recommended hiking experience tours in Okinawa

★Nationwide travel support target★ [From Okinawa/Naha] Let's go to Yanbaru! Yanbaru National Park nature-enjoying course (C course) that goes around Kuina forest, mangrove forest, and Mt. Oishibayashi

Jumbo Tours Co., Ltd.
Naha
12,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.1
  • (6 reviews/testimonials)

★Product eligible for Okinawa Aya Discovery NEXT (nationwide travel support)★You will need to present your ID (original) on the day of the tour! Up to 20% OFF the travel fee + local coupon (weekdays: 2,000 yen, holidays: 1,000 yen) [Eligible users] Residents of Japan (including residents of Okinawa prefecture) [Requirements for use] 1) Travel with Okinawa as the destination Must be an overnight stay 2) Travel allowance

[Okinawa/Naha] 2nd part of the town series "Discovering Shuri's nature" Enjoy Shuri while experiencing history and nature!

Okinawa Educational Travel Agency Co., Ltd.
Naha
4,500 Yen~ (tax included)

Part 2 of the series on enjoying the city! This program is held in and around Sueyoshi Park, located in Shuri, Naha City, close to the monorail station. The park is full of lush forests, so you can enjoy a short hike. Would you like to enjoy Shuri while experiencing history and nature? The journey takes approximately 120 minutes.

[Okinawa/Onna Village] 1 group reserved! It's okay if you don't have a swimsuit! Walking deserted island tour★Star sand★Feeding experience

feel okinawa
Blue Cave/Onna Village
6,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (3 reviews/testimonials)

[Hiking the sea in Onna Village] You can enjoy the sea even if you can't swim. You don't even need a swimsuit for this tour. You can easily participate even if you wear casual clothes or bring children. We will guide you to an uninhabited island that you can walk across only during low tide! The uninhabited island floating in the beautiful sea of ​​Onna Village is deep, and you can walk through shallow water that is about knee-high for adults while enjoying encounters with various creatures.

National hiking experience tour popularity ranking

Finally, based on Activity Japan's latest reservation data, Nationwide hiking Experience tour popularity ranking ” will be introduced.

Please refer to the tour contents and fees (prices), as well as reviews and word-of-mouth testimonials, to help you compare and choose a plan.

POINT!
We expect a large number of reservations and inquiries for each plan during weekends, holidays, and long vacation seasons such as Golden Week, Summer Vacation, and Silver Week. We recommend checking schedule availability and making early reservations.
1 rank

[Hokkaido/Shiretoko] Snowshoe hiking with fantastic snow lights - Why not enjoy the atmosphere of the forest at night?

Shiretoko Nature Office
Shiretoko/Abashiri/Kitami
3,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review/experience)

winter night. The forest is a very quiet space. Would you like to enjoy a magical winter night?

2 rank

[Nagano/Omachi City Snowshoes/Snowshoes] Enjoy the beauty of the North African foothills that can only be seen in winter! 1 day course

Omachi/Lake Aoki Adventure Club
Azumino/Omachi
11,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (6 reviews/testimonials)

I want to explore and feel the beauty of the mountains more than adventure. This is a trekking/hiking experience where you can experience snowshoeing or snowshoes. We offer 4 courses. In April, in search of snow, tours are held on courses other than the four. Lunch is required for the one-day snowshoe snowshoe hike course. Lunch can be prepared by the local guide depending on the course, weather, and number of participants.

3 rank

[Nagano/Kitayatsugatake] "Snowshoe tour" that even beginners can enjoy with peace of mind. Anyone from 10 years old can participate!

Alps Boken Club
Tateshina, Lake Shirakaba, Kurumayama, Lake Megami, Himekidaira
10,000 Yen~ (tax included)

・Tour details: Snowshoe hiking tour at Kita Yatsugatake. This is a course setting for beginners. Use the Kita Yatsugatake Ropeway to reach the 2240m snow area. Would you like to blend in with the impressive scenery created by nature in the middle of winter? Basically I enjoy downhill snowshoeing. (The first half is a walk through the snowy fields and forests halfway up Mt. Kita Yatsugatake, and the second half is a walk.

4 rank

★October~★ [From Okinawa/Naha] Let's go to Yanbaru! Yanbaru National Park nature-enjoying course (C course) that goes around Kuina forest, mangrove forest, and Mt. Oishibayashi

Jumbo Tours Co., Ltd.
Naha
12,000 Yen~ (tax included)

[Hip-Hop Bus C course] Congratulations! Registered as a world natural heritage site! ! ★Enjoy the rich nature of Yanbaru spread over three Yanbaru villages: Kunigami Village, Higashi Village, and Ogimi Village!・Enjoy hiking in the rich nature of Mt. Oishibayashi, a designated area of ​​Yanbaru National Park.・Walk through Kesatsugi Hirugi Park, one of the largest mangrove forests on the main island♪ ・Yanbaru rail ecology exhibit

5 rank

[Hokkaido/Otaru] Snowshoe hiking with a professional guide in Shioya Maruyama<初心者OK・レクチャー付>

Guide Office Pika
Otaru, Kiroro, Shakotan
13,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review/experience)

This is a snowshoe hiking tour that climbs Shioyama Maruyama in Shioya, Otaru City, Hokkaido near Sapporo. A professional guide will give you various lectures on the key points of winter mountain hiking. This tour is recommended for those who want to try winter mountaineering or want to make their snowshoeing debut. We will aim for the summit by a route different from the summer route. After walking on a forest road, we reached the ridge.

6 rank

[Tochigi/Nikko] Beginners welcome! Refresh yourself by bathing in negative ions “Kirifuri Hidden Three Waterfalls Hiking” tour

OnePlay-it
Nikko, Kirifuri Kogen, Oku-Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Imaichi
3,800 Yen~ (tax included)

Kirifuri Plateau, located in Nikko National Park at an altitude of approximately 1400m! Cold water flowing from the Kirifuri Plateau, which is rich in nature! ! And three unique waterfalls! ! Chojiga Falls, Tamadare Falls, and Makkura Falls. This is a waterfall-filled hiking plan that takes you around the three waterfalls of "Minus Ion Bashi Bashi"! Get close enough to the waterfall to be within reach of the water spray, bathe in plenty of negative ions, and soak in the scent of the forest.

7 rank

[Hokkaido/Noboribetsu] Orofure mountaintop hiking tour

adex base
Toya, Noboribetsu, Tomakomai
25,000 Yen~ (tax included)

~Enjoy nature! Mt. Orofure Summit Hiking Tour ~ Mt. Orofure, with an altitude of 1226m, is a mountain that you must climb if you are visiting the Noboribetsu area. Located at the top of Orofure Pass, there are breathtaking views in all directions. Why not try it out when you come to Noboribetsu?

8 rank

[Hokkaido/Noboribetsu] Hiking tour around Mt. Tarumae caldera

adex base
Toya, Noboribetsu, Tomakomai
29,000 Yen~ (tax included)

You can enjoy the spectacular view from Mt. Tarumae, which is one of the most active volcanoes. Mt. Tarumae, which erupted in 1982, is one of the most active volcanoes in Japan. From this volcano at an altitude of 1042m, you can enjoy spectacular views of the coastline to the southeast and Lake Shikotsu to the north. This day hike takes you to the top of the volcano and around the caldera, giving you a variety of views.

9 rank

[Hokkaido/Noboribetsu] Mt. Murorandake hiking tour

adex base
Toya, Noboribetsu, Tomakomai
20,000 Yen~ (tax included)

Hiking Mt. Muroran while admiring the beautiful coastline of Muroran! This is a hiking course that climbs the summit of Mt. Muroran at an altitude of 911m, goes all the way around, and then descends. The course requires a certain level of physical strength as it involves walking 6.5km over undulating terrain.The beautiful scenery of the industrial city of Muroran and the Pacific Ocean along the way is spectacular. Mt. Yotei, also known as "Ezo Fuji" on a clear day

10 rank

[Niigata/Echigo Yuzawa/Snowshoe] Hiking on the snow in Echigo!

astral orange
Yuzawa/Naeba
8,000 Yen~ (tax included)

Excellent access: 0 minutes from the west exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station. There are many scenery that can only be seen in winter. Let's put on snowshoes and go exploring areas that people usually don't go to. Plan Description Snowshoe tour in the Echigo Yuzawa area with abundant snowfall! Gather in front of the station for easy access.Put on your snowshoes and go exploring the snowy fields where people usually don't go! Crispy for everyone

*The contents of this article are current as of November 2023.

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