Mt. Nabewari 鍋割山

Futamata 二俣 – Nabewari Sanso 鍋割山荘- Kinhiyashi 金冷シ . . Water Carting, Nabeyaki udon, and Fuji-san Along with Mt. Oyama and Tounodake, Mt. Nabewari is a popular hiking destination in the Tanzawa Mountains. It is approachable from the east, west...

Mt. Konara 小楢山

Osawa Noto 大沢ノ頭 – Mt. Sashiyama 差山 – Mt. Myoken 妙見山 . . Climbing One of Yamanashi’s Finest 100 Mountains Mt. Konara seems to fly under the radar perhaps because it surrounds itself with more alluring peaks such as Mt. Kentoku, Mt...

15 Terrific Hikes in and Around Tokyo

Mountains You can Climb in a Day from Tokyo Unless otherwise stated all prices are for one travel using local trains and bus services. For residents and tourists alike spending too much time in Tokyo can well, make you go bonkers after a while...

Mt. Takagawa 高川山

Tenjin-toge 天神峠 – Mt. Mineyama 峯山 – Mt. Musubiyama むすび山 . . Revel in Top-notch Views on this Beginner Friendly Hike Takagawayama has plenty going for it, for starters it’s relatively easy to access from Tokyo, climbable by beginners and...

What is COCOHELI and Why I Became a Member

Enjoy Hiking More Safely Staying safe and out of harm’s way out on the trail requires proper planning starting with letting people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. However, even well-equipped, and seasoned hikers aren’t immune...

Yama to Kogen Chizu: 2021 Edition

MAPPLE Special Online Maps Campaign for 2021 The map images and contents of this article have been obtained with the permission of the publisher (Shobunsha). Come February or March each year Shobunsha Publications a.k.a. MAPPLE release an annual...

Reading “GSI” Topographic Maps

GSI Topo Maps: A Beginner’s Guide In this previous article I described in some detail the finer points of reading “Yama to Kogen Chizu” topographic maps, this time we turn our attention to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI)...

COVID-19: To Hike or Not To Hike

Japan’s Second COVID State of Emergency: A Piece of Advice TL;DR State of emergency declared in Tokyo and neighbouring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa (the state of emergency was expanded to 11 prefectures on January 13). The...

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