Tokyo is undeniably one of the most dynamic cities providing enormous scope for photographic exploration. Also forgot to mention crowded – with anyone in doubt try hotfooting through Shinjuku station at just about any time or day. Thankfully the inner-city congestion is tempered with restful suburban green belts and areas of pristine nature on the city’s outer edges. Collectively these expanses of greenery offer a welcome respite from the bustle of the city as well as a place to escape to and explore on weekends.

Since writing my first blog post in January 2013 I have published more than 70 detailed trail write-ups as well as numerous posts about exploration of outdoor ruins, hiking and sightseeing. The main reason for getting Ridgeline Images started was frustration with the lack of information in English on hiking trails around Tokyo. In that time more than 1 million people have visited this site, and I hope many of you have gotten some inspiration and enjoyed some memorable adventures of your own.

As for me – I have been living in Japan since July 2007, first in a small town in Fukushima and now on the outskirts of Tokyo which makes for easy getaways to the surrounding mountains. If you think reading Ridgeline Images is worth a few coffees, please consider supporting me on Ko-fi. I appreciate it, and every donation I get energises me to keep the blog going.

David Lowe

  One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.

Zen Master Futomaki