The Trip-Finder, January 1998
The Route: A ten-day trek among craggy peaks, larch forests, red oaks, and yellow aspens in Chubu Sangaku National Park, ending with a pilgrimage to the top of 12,388-foot Mount Fuji, Japan's most sacred mountain.
When to go: October
Travel advisory: Even in mountain huts, Japanese take their shoe etiquette very seriously. God forbid you should wear your hiking boots into the dining room.