Mt. Izugatake 伊豆ヶ岳

Takahatayama 高畑山 – Amamezasu Toge 天目指峠 – Nenogongen 子の権現 . . Guide to Climbing Okumusashi’s Most Popular Mountain Okumusashi is a general term for the mountainous area in the southwestern part of Saitama Prefecture. Thanks to its...

Meoto Falls in Hinohara Village

Efforts Rewarded at this Seldom Visited Waterfall In November last year I failed in my attempt to reach the Meoto Falls due to a dodgy trail and fear of being picked off by some local hunters. Hence a revenge mission was high on the agenda. Of the...

Mt. Takigoyama 滝子山

Chinseiga-ike 鎮西ヶ池 – Hinoki-daira 桧平 . . Take a Refreshing Hike at the Sumi River Now and again, you come across a mountain with a special awe that you kick yourself for not having visited earlier – Mt. Takigo is one of them. Located at the...

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)...

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