(Today’s guest post covers 5 adventure activities to do in Japan)
Japan is a nation which can boast a diverse range of cultures and pastimes to sink your teeth into. Whether you’re an action-seeker or someone who prefers a quiet night in, you’ll find something in the land of the rising sun which caters to you.
Today, we’re going to take a look at the former of the two, as we explore five adventure activities you need to get involved with in Japan.
1. Mt. Fuji
A healthy, albeit somewhat dangerous, exploration to embark on comes in the guise of a trek up the tallest mountain in Japan – Mount Fuji.
Take a trip out to this famous landmark during climbing season (July to mid-September) in order to experience the journey in proper mountaineering conditions. Make sure you also book a Sherpa.
Fun fact – in the Pokemon games a long journey up a tall tower resulted in saving a man named “Mr. Fuji”. It’s always nice to see culture permeating video games.
2. Gujo-Odori Dance Festival
The Gujo-Odori Dance festival might not sound like much of an “adventure”, but if you consider it lasts for a staggering 32 days you can see how it earns a spot on the list.
As if that wasn’t intense enough, the culmination of the event is a four-day non-stop dancing competition which sees people from all over the town competing.
Naturally, you won’t have to dance the entire time if you don’t want to – but you may get a few odd looks from locals if you slack from the rhythmic beats.
For adventurers who like a little bit of culture with their adrenaline rushes, the ski slopes of Appi are the perfect blend of both.
This spot is pretty much as Japanese as it gets, with it said “the great thing about Appi is that if you’re after a foreign experience, you’ll find it here. Barely anyone speaks English.”
There are 21 different slopes to tackle, with varying levels of difficulty dependent on your skill levels.
If you’re after activity, but don’t want to work up much of a sweat, a walking tour of some of the more famous natural spots throughout Japan may be right up your alley.
Some of the fantastic areas you’ll be able to check out include the likes of:
- The Kiso Valley
- Nara Basin
In most instances you’ll be guided about by a trained tour guide, who’ll be able to provide you with not only the safest route, but also plenty of information about the local scenery.
5. Horse Riding Escapes
Last, but not least, why not try out something which’ll appeal to the whole family – a horse riding holiday across Japan.
You can book out specific tours which will take you on lengthy journeys throughout the Asian nation. You’ll not only get up-close and personal with a lovely four-legged friend, but also the idyllic Japanese wildlife.
These are just five exciting adventure holidays worth checking out when you’re next in Japan. Why not give one of them a go when you’re next there?