There is vast emptiness on the rugged Shiretoko Peninsula on the north-eastern tip of Hokkaido.
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Nowhere in the country will be as peaceful.
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The rugged volcanic scenery and show-stopping wildlife of Hokkaido island — Japan’s last true wilderness — are ripe for exploration.
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Japan – Shiretoko
MANY HEAD to Japan for the food. Some come for the ultimate big-city cultural experience in Tokyo. Others make the journey north to Hokkaido each winter for some of the best powder skiing on the planet. But, this island nation is also an ideal destination for trekking, offering a variety of multi-day hikes for everyone, from summit seekers to wildlife explorer to wannabe-poets. Here are seven of the most beautiful trekking routes in the country.
1. Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes, Kii Hanto
Length: Up to 191 miles, broken into segments
Time: Four to five days to see thee full Kumano Sanzan
Kumano Kodo, located southwest of the Kyoto Prefecture, is actually a series of routes covering 191 miles across the Kii Hanto Peninsula. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pilgrimage routes originated over a thousand years ago as a way to reach Hongu Taisha, Hayatama Taisha, and Nachi Taisha, collectively known as Kumano Sanzan, the Grand Shrines of Komono. Base yourself in the city of Tanabe and bus to trailheads throughout the region. You’ll stay overnight in traditional Japanese inns called ryokans.
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Japan – Shiretoko
Hokkaido is the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands. It is also the least urbanised, famous for the volcanoes, natural hot springs (onsen) and snow fields that dot its landscape.
At 32,221 square miles (83,457 sq. km), representing over 20% of Japan’s total land mass, Hokkaido Island is the country’s second-largest island, while Hokkaido prefecture itself is the country’s biggest prefecture.
It is home to almost 6 million residents, and more than 1 million travelers from within Japan and around the world visit the island every year. They are drawn to the beauty of Hokkaido’s blue skies, its untouched wilderness of rolling hills, open fields and powdery snow, all of which are the perfect backdrop to savour its delectable local cuisine.
The indigenous people of Hokkaido are the Ainu, a race that also inhabit the Aomori region in the north of Honshu Island.