Kirifuri Kogen

Up the hill a bit from Nikko (which is a town about a 2 hour train ride out of Tokyo) is a beautiful highland area just on the slopes of the Japanese alps.

The Kirifuri Highlands is a popular skiing area in the winter and a wonderful area for hiking in the summer.

There are two routes up to the top, the first is a lovely, meandering path which slowly ascending to the top lookout platform. The second is a direct route: 1,445 steps straight up.

Here is the view looking back down:
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