Mt. Hotaka 武尊山

Hotaka-jinja 武尊神社 – Kengamine 剣ケ峰山   Duration: 7.5 hours   Distance: 13 km   Elevation change: 1058 metres   Highest point: 2158 metres   Start: Urami-no-taki carpark   Finish: Urami-no-taki carpark  ...

Hinohara Sasaone Ridge – Camp and BBQ

Hibara-toge 日原峠 – Dohyo-dake 土俵岳 – Koyuzuri-toge 小棡峠   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 12.3 km   Elevation change: 813 metres   Highest point: 1098 metres   Start: Shin Sannobashi Bridge Bus Stop   Finish: Sanbongi...

Tokyo Walks: Along the Tamagawa Josui

A Nature Fix Without Leaving the City With Tokyo in the grip of the worst June heatwave since 1875 means hiking nearer to the city will have to take a back seat thanks to the searing sun, sky-high temps, and pea-soup humidity. As I write, central...

Mt. Sekiro 石老山

Daimyojin Observation Deck 大明神展望台 – Lake Sagami 相模湖   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 9.3 km   Elevation change: 474 metres   Highest point: 694 metres   Start: Pleasure Forest-mae Bus Stop   Finish: Pleasure Forest-mae Bus Stop  ...

Kurodake 黒岳

Jinzasan 神座山 – Mt.Shakagatake 釈迦ヶ岳 – Shindo Pass 新道峠   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 18.4 km   Elevation change: 1028 metres   Highest point: 1793 metres   Start: Himine jinja mae Bus Stop   Finish: Kawaguchiko...

Three Steps for Planning a Safe Hike in Japan

Planning and Managing Risks on the Trail During my formative days hiking in Japan, I must confess I didn’t devote much time to planning my hikes even the overnight ones. My usual approach back then was print out a hike some random person posted on...

Mt. Toridani 酉谷山

Nanahaneyama 七跳山 – Hinatadani-no-atama 日向谷ノ頭 – Toridaniyama Refuge Hut 酉谷山避難小屋   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 30.4 km   Elevation change: 1098 metres   Highest point: 1718 metres   Start: Higashi Nippara Bus Stop...

Food for an Overnight Hike in Japan

Backpacking Food Ideas and Meal Planning A common question I get is what food I pack for an overnight hike. The simple answer is foodstuffs that I enjoy eating and not too much as food is heavy. In stark contrast to my first overnight hike, when I...

Mt. Yogaisan 要害山

Kaze no Kamisama 風の神様 – Mt. Koyashiro コヤシロ山 – Mt. Minashi 実成山   Duration: 3 hours   Distance: 8.5 km   Elevation change: 402 metres   Highest point: 609 metres   Start: Arai Bus Stop   Finish: Arai Bus Stop   Difficulty:  ...

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