Archive: July 2016

Doai Station: Journey to Japan’s Deepest Station

No Escalators just 486 steps from the Ticket Gate When one thinks of a deep, subterranean station you would normally envisage somewhere like Roppongi Station in Tokyo which rests at a hefty 42 metres (138 ft) underground. What you probably wouldn’t...

Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩

Dainichi-goya 大日小屋 – Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩 . . One of the Finest Views in the Chichibu Tama Kai NP The main driver behind this hike was less about putting in a lot of kilometres but to retreat to familiar territory and explore a remote and little...

Pentax K-70 Unboxing and First Impressions

Introducing the Pentax K-70 Since its announcement in early June the release of the Pentax K-70 has been eagerly awaited. This was especially true for someone still cradling a near on six-year-old K-5. The K-70 is a midrange DSLR that succeeds the K...

How to Plan an Overnight Hike in Japan

Tips for Planning a Successful Backcountry Adventure Planning hiking trips back in Australia was generally a pretty straightforward affair; find some willing accomplices, get a hold of a topo map, pack your gear and start driving. All of this could...

Honzawa Onsen: Japan’s Highest Rotenburo

Soaking up the Atmosphere at 2,150 metres Having recently travelled over Nobeyama Station the highest train station in Japan (1,345 m) I was fortunate again last week to kick back in the country’s highest outdoor hot spring (rotenburo) at a lofty...

Mt. Tengu 天狗岳

Honzawa Onsen 本澤温泉 – Mt. Tengu 天狗岳 – Shibunoyu 渋の湯 . . Enjoy Some of Yatsugatake Best Hiking This hike is almost a reverse offering of my previous trip to Yatsugatake a couple of years back, with difference being this time starting a...

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