Tracking the Headwaters of the Shinano River

The Source of Japan’s Longest River
All great rivers need to start from somewhere and Japan’s longest – the 367 km (228 mi) long Shinano River is no exception. The difficulty arises however when trying to pinpoint the actual source of a river system – rarely a straightforward...

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Mt. Kitayokodake 北横岳

Futagoike 双子池 – Mt. Kitayokodake 北横岳
Exploring the Top End of the Yatsugatake Mountains
In the late summer the weather is at best changeable, strike...

Minobusan: Kuonji Temple

The Perennial Home of Nichiren Buddhism
From a distance the 1,153 metres high Mount Minobusan looks rather innocuous, however belying its mild exterior is the head...

Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩

Dainichi-goya 大日小屋 – Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩
One of the Finest Views in the Chichibu Tama Kai NP
The main driver behind this hike was less about putting...