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Are you planning to visit Japan with an interest in hiking? If so, then here’s a plan which might be fun for anyone travelling in the central east coast region of the main island of Honshu. You’ll need to make your way to Shizuoka city for a day or two to enjoy this adventure.
If you are planning to rent a car while you are in Shizuoka then please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll give you directions to the area where I normally hike. If you’re not planning to rent a car then I would recommend climbing Mt. Ryuso which you can actually do from within the city limits. The Ryuso hike can be either a half day, moderate difficulty (20 kilometers roughly) hike or a full day, very hard (35+ kilometers) over very steep and rarely traveled trails. To climb Mt. Ryuso you simply need to find your way to Sengen shrine and then look for the start of the hiking trail (long, steep steps next to the main shrine building). Just ask a priest if you are not sure. Once you are on the trail you just need to keep going until you either reach the top of Mt. Ryuso or decide to turn back. I’d recommend starting before dawn if you seriously want to reach the summit. It’s a tough and potentially dangerous route after you pass the big highway as the mountains beyond are prone to landslide and home to boar, bear and dangerous giant hornets (these last are a danger during the warm months only).
Below are two sets of Google Maps coordinates which should help plus a video I made showing an alternate hike route to the top. The route in the video is different from the one I am suggesting as it is only practical if you have a bicycle or car to reach the entrance.