Mt. Hiwada 日和田山

Kitamuki-Jizo 北向地蔵 – Mt. Monomi 物見山 – Mt. Takazasu 高指山 . . A Mountain that Everyone can Enjoy! Hiwadasan looms over Kinchakuda a.k.a. Spider Lily Park and is one of Saitama Prefectures most popular mountains suitable for all levels of...

Autumn Colours in Tokyo’s Hinohara Village

Guns, Momiji, and Waterfalls If you’re in search of abundant nature Hinohara Village on the outskirts of Tokyo is a good place to start. Each year I make more than a few trips to the metropolis’s only village to escape the city and enjoy fresh air...

Lake Okutama Ikoi-no-Michi Hike

Ogouchi Dam 小河内ダム – Yama-no-furusatomura 山のふるさと村 . . Wandering the Gentle Shores of Lake Okutama The Okoi-no-michi 奥多摩湖いこいの路 is a 12 km mostly flat walking path that winds around the banks of Lake Okutama in western-most Tokyo. The trail stretches...

Mt. Honjagamaru 本社ヶ丸

Mt. Kakukenzan 角研山 – Honjagamaru 本社ヶ丸 – Mt. Seihachiyama 清八山 . . Top-notch Views from one of Yamanashi’s 100 Famous Mountains If you’re looking for one of the best spots to gaze upon Mt. Fuji near Tokyo then look no further than...

Mt. Kasatori 笠取山

Gan-toge 雁峠 – Kasatori-goya 笠取小屋 – Tama River Headwaters 多摩川源流 . . The Hidden Mountain of Okuchichibu Mt. Kasatori lies along the Saitama – Yamanashi prefectural border about halfway between Mt. Kobushi and Mt. Kumotori. The south...

Mt. Kushigata 櫛形山

Himuro Shrine 氷室神社 – Hokora Hut ほこら小屋 – Mt. Hadaka 裸山 . . Climbing Kushigatayama Via a Lesser Used Trail For those looking for an enjoyable and not too challenging overnight hike Kushigatayama a 200 Famous Mountain in Yamanashi ticks...

Map, Embed, and Share GPX Hiking Routes

Viewing Interactive GPS Maps Then & Now Not long after starting this blog I began using the pro version of WP Google Maps, a WordPress plugin to plot ‘polylines’ to display my hiking routes on Google Maps. As I commented at the time not having...

Mt. Naeba 苗場山

Wada Hut 和田小屋 – Kaguragamine 神楽ヶ峰 . . Autumn Hike to a Tranquil Alpine Marshland A couple of points set apart this hike from most on this blog. First is driving to the trailhead and second and importantly my wife Akiko joined me for the first...

Mt. Kurogane 黒金山

Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山 – Mt. Kurogane 黒金山 – Nishizawa Gorge 西沢渓谷 The Nishizawa Gorge hiking trail is currently closed due to construction work and is not expected to reopen until late April 2021 for the latest information please refer to the...

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