David Lowe

Mt. Sekiro 石老山

Daimyojin Observation Deck 大明神展望台 – Lake Sagami 相模湖   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 9.3 km   Elevation change: 474 metres   Highest point: 694 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Pleasure Forest-mae Bus Stop   Finish: Pleasure Forest-mae Bus...

Kurodake 黒岳

Jinzasan 神座山 – Mt.Shakagatake 釈迦ヶ岳 – Shindo Pass 新道峠   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 18.4 km   Elevation change: 1028 metres   Highest point: 1793 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Himine jinja mae Bus Stop  ...

Three Steps for Planning a Safe Hike in Japan

Planning and Managing Risks on the Trail During my formative days hiking in Japan, I must confess I didn’t devote much time to planning my hikes even the overnight ones. My usual approach back then was print out a hike some random person posted on...

Mt. Toridani 酉谷山

Nanahaneyama 七跳山 – Hinatadani-no-atama 日向谷ノ頭 – Toridaniyama Refuge Hut 酉谷山避難小屋     According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Environment as of May 7, 2022, there has been a landside on the Ogawadani Rindo making...

Food for an Overnight Hike in Japan

Backpacking Food Ideas and Meal Planning A common question I get is what food I pack for an overnight hike. The simple answer is foodstuffs that I enjoy eating and not too much as food is heavy. In stark contrast to my first overnight hike, when I...

Mt. Yogaisan 要害山

Kaze no Kamisama 風の神様 – Mt. Koyashiro コヤシロ山 – Mt. Minashi 実成山   Duration: 3 hours   Distance: 8.5 km   Elevation change: 402 metres   Highest point: 609 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Arai Bus Stop   Finish: Arai Bus Stop   Map: Yama...

Mt. Ryugadake 竜ヶ岳

Stone Buddha 石仏 – Hashita-toge 端足峠 – Lake Motosuko 本栖湖   Duration: 5 hours   Distance: 11.1 km   Elevation change: 550 metres   Highest point: 1485 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Lake Motosuko Bus Stop (Blue Line)   Finish: Lake...

Akabokko 赤ぼっこ

Mt. Yougaisan 要害山 – Tenguiwa 天狗岩 – Umabikisawa-toge 馬引沢峠   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 11.2 km   Elevation change: 228 metres   Highest point: 414 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Miyanohira Station (Ome Line)...

Backpacking Gear List 2022

3-Day, 3-Season Backpacking Gear (Updated 2022) It’s been a couple of years since I last whipped out the scales and took inventory of the gear, I take with me on a three-season, three-day hike. Not surprisingly the bulk of the stuff I carry is...

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