1. Japan has many National Parks, plus numerous hiking trails throughout the country. This film covers just three hikes, which I filmed on a recent visit to Hokkaido: The first hike begins at the stunningly beautiful Lake Mashu, situated in Akan National Park, and ends with a spectacular view from the summit of Mt. Mashu. Still in the park, next we hike up to the misty summit of Mt. Mokoto. Finally, on a glorious sunny day, we hike to the summit of Mt. Shioyamaru (Otaru district) through forest and dense 'Kuma Kusa' (Bear grass), all the while ringing bear bells along the way! We were rewarded with stunning panoramic views along coast & Niseko.

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  2. A hike of three mountains situated in beautiful Kirishima Yaku national park area of southern Kyushu: Spectacular views from the summits of sacred Mt. Takachiho & Mt. Kaimon, plus a hike up a cold & windswept Mt. Karakuni.

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  3. The ancient & beautiful Kirishima Shrine, destroyed several times by nearby volcanic activity, was last re-built in the 18th century. Surrounded by Japanese Cedar trees , a place of peace & tranquility...
    (Link to 'Japan Hiking: Kyushu Island' video: vimeo.com/77901346)

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  4. A visit by road and ferry to the small island of Sakurajima. Followed by a ride along coastal bicycle path, within safe distance from the still active and smoking Mt Sakurajima...

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  5. Beautiful Autumn colours under clear blue sky and a 3 hour hike to Mt. Furano-dake summit (1912 metres), situated in the Tokachi volcanic group of mountains, also part of the greater Daisetsuzan National Park. Result, stunning views throughout the climb....

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