Mt. Myogi, Japan
During the Edo period, locals believed this rugged mountain in the Gunma Prefecture had mythological powers that could protect the community from natural disasters. Today, there are five different hiking paths to the top, most of which clock in around eight miles round-trip. All of the trails have chains to help hikers climb certain slopes; many hikers also visit one of three Shinto Shrines along the way. In autumn, the foliage here is as beautiful as in leaf-peeping destinations such as Vermont and New Hampshire.
Time to budget: 3-8 hours
When to go: April-November
Photo credit: Yasufumi Nishi/JNTO