A trek to the top of Tokyo's highest mountain—Mt. Takao —can be done within a day from the capital, while you can spend several days walking the pilgrimage routes that wind through the Kii Mountain Range in western Japan.
Not just limited to mountain exploration, the country's coastlines are often dotted with towering monuments of rock forged by years of erosion, and beaches stretch along clear blue waters.
Depending on which season you choose to visit, the natural backdrop will change from the delicate pinks of cherry blossom season in spring, lush greens of summer, golden hues of autumn and mountains covered in powder snow in winter. Spend time among the seasonal foliage in gardens and National Parks.