I am planning a hike through Japan.
And it scares me a little bit.
Japan hasn't ever been on the top of my list of places to go. So I bet you are asking, "Why Japan?". Honestly, my friend Stephen mentioned it this summer as a place that he wanted to go and I said I would be up for researching a hike through Japan. I ordered Lonely Planet's book - "Hiking in Japan" for both of us and now I am so excited!!! I have been reading as much info about Japan's as possible: the country, the mountains, the people, the climate, the food, the history, the religion and the hiking. There is a huge hiking community in Japan! I had no idea. The country is beautiful!
As of right now we are planning to hike from the north down to the south in about 30 days - but I keep running into Parks or Mountains that I want to make sure I get to hike so I have no idea what the itinerary is right now.
Stephen and I don't live in the same location, so right now I am just trying to learn as much as I can about Japan and others that have hiking through Japan. I will put together an itinerary that sounds interesting to me and then send it to him to see if he likes it or if there is something else he wants to do.
I am determined to be more flexible about this hike then I was about the AT. I planned the itinerary for the AT hike but I ended up hiking it with 4 others, including my sister, Slickrock, and the itinerary changed constantly because we needed to adjust the schedule almost everyday. There isn't an official Japan thru-hike, so we can create whatever we want. My goal is to see and learn as much as I can but also to enjoy. Even if we don't get to all the places I want to go.
Let me know if you have any info about hiking in Japan. I would love to hear about it!