Nanga Aurora Light 450 DX Sleeping Bag Review

Warm and Lightweight 3-Season Sleeping Bag When it comes time to bed down for the night, getting a good kip is of upmost importance irrespective whether on a leisurely overnight hike or a multi-day trek. Key to this of course is a warm, comfortable...

Mt. Ono 大野山

Yaga Station 谷峨駅 – Mt. Ono 大野山 – Yamakita Station 山北駅 . . Low Lying Mountain with Wonderful Fujisan Views Mt. Ono located in the Tanzawa-Oyama Quasi-National Park is a popular year-round hiking destination. It is suitable for beginners...

My First 100 Hikes in Japan [Infographic]

Eight and a Half Years in the Making Last week RIDGELINEIMAGES.com along with its indomitable editor-in-chief quietly chalked up the 100th hike. Yoku ganbarimashita if I might say so! Mind you these aren’t the hyakumeizan (100 top mountains) but...

Mt. Mishotai 御正体山

Naka-no-dake 中ノ岳 – Mt. Ishiwari 石割山 – Mt. Hirao 平尾山 . . Autumn Leaves, Mt. Fuji and All-Round Great Hiking Mt. Mishotai is a little-known 200 Famous Mountain in Yamanashi Prefecture that rises above Lake Yamanaka. It has been a sacred place...

Mt. Wanakura 和名倉山

Higashisenba 東仙波 – Mt. Karamatsuo 唐松尾山 – Mt. Kasatori 笠取山 . . The Secret Peak of Okuchichibu Wanakurayama is the highest independent peak in Saitama Prefecture and a mountain that’s long been on my radar. Oddly for a Kanto Nihyakumeizan...

Great Scott: My Olympic Tickets Just Turned Up

As I Live and Breathe A prime example of how askew and erratic things have been of late is the arrival today of my Olympic tickets for the Tokyo 2020 men’s mountain bike race. What the dickens? Yes, you read that correctly and more than two months...

Tokyo 2020 Men’s Mountain Bike Race

Highlights From the Men’s Cross Country Race As you probably guessed from the title, last Monday I went to see the men’s mountain bike race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I know it’s not a popular thing to say due to the current state of...

Mt. Myoko 妙高山 to Mt. Hiuchi 火打山

Tsubame Onsen 燕温泉線 – Mt. Myoko 妙高山 – Mt. Hiuchi 火打山 . . From Rocky Ridges to Wetlands and Ponds This overnight hike takes in two of Niigata’s finest mountains namely Myoko-san and Hiuchi-yama. While similar in height they are very...

A Month Out: Olympic Rings at Mt. Takao

Takaosan Propping Up the Olympic Rings Like the cloak of mist which shrouded Mt. Takao for the unveiling of the Olympic rings back in April to mark 100 days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the weather last Sunday was much the same. An omen...

Mt. Kukiyama 九鬼山

Tenguiwa 天狗岩 – Mt. Matateyama 馬立山 – Mt. Gozenyama 御前山 . . Beginner-Friendly Trail With Panoramic Views Sandwiched between the Katsura and Akiyama rivers in southern Otsuki City, finds Mt. Kukiyama. Despite falling under the 1,000-metre...

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