Archive: July 2020

Koburi Pass 顔振峠

Suwa Shrine 諏訪神社 – Mt. Ogamiyama 越上山 – Yugate ユガテ . . Discover One of Saitama’s Best Kept Secrets Koburi Pass has been on my ‘to hike’ list for ages so with sunny skies forecast last weekend I finally found my opportunity. Located in...

Camping in Japan: How-to Find Campgrounds

Tracking Down Campgrounds Like Pro There is no shortage of camping locations in Japan in fact there are over 3,000 campgrounds according to this Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) travel guide. They can be found in just about every nook and...

Hachikokuyama Park: One of Tokyo’s Finest

Rainy Season Delights at a Suburban Tokyo Park A mere 25 km (16 mi.) from Shinjuku Station finds one of Tokyo’s most underrated parks that being Hachikokuyama Park 八国山緑地. Together with Kitayama Park abutting to the south it is one of four discrete...

MSR FreeLite 1 and Fast & Light Body Review

Lightweight, Double-wall Backcountry Workhorse Choosing a lightweight solo backpacking tent is no easy undertaking especially with an ever-expanding range of brands and designs to choose from. However, after much deliberation I settled on an MSR...

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