David Lowe

David grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, with hiking and outdoor pursuits being a major part of his life for as long as he can remember. He has been writing, snapping photos, and sharing his adventures on RIDGELINEIMAGES.com since 2013.

At university, David majored in environmental management and holds a Graduate Diploma of Education. He has been living in Japan for over 15 years, first in Fukushima Prefecture and now in the Tokyo Metropolis. With a love of hiking and photography, he felt the best way to combine the two was a blog to provide some inspiration for others to enjoy the myriad of trails and outdoor offerings on Tokyo’s doorstep. You can follow David on Instagram @ridgelineimages.

Mt. Azumaya 四阿屋山

Hiked on Feb 17, 2024 . Setsubun Soen 節分草園 – Ryokami Jinja-Okusha 両神神社奥社   Do not attempt the chain section of the Tsutsuji Shindo course unless you are confident in your ability to support your full body weight on a fixed chain.  ...

iPhone Fail: Dedicated GPS Devices Do It Better

Garmin Handheld GPS vs iPhone 14 Pro The prevailing wisdom suggests that flagship smartphones like the iPhone 14 Pro can’t compete with dedicated GPS devices in terms of durability, battery life, and gloved operation. However, they are...

Mt. Sekiro 石老山 (Loop Course)

Hiked on Feb 10, 2024 . Kenkyoji Temple 顕鏡寺 – Daimyojin Observation Deck 大明神展望台   Duration: 4.5 hours   Distance: 8.5 km   Elevation change: 482 metres   Highest point: 702 metres   Start: Sekirozan Sanpaisha carpark   Finish: Sekirozan...

Good Morugenroto to You!

German Gairaigo Mountain Terms The other night, while watching Let’s Trek Japan on NHK World Japan, which coincided with the unseasonably early snowfall in Karasawa last year, the show mentioned the word “morugenrōto”. If you haven’t heard of it...

Garmin GPSMAP 67 Review

Why the Garmin GPSMAP 67 is a Game-Changer There has always been a compelling argument for carrying a stand-alone GPS device, whether it be a smartwatch or a handheld unit. These dedicated devices offer distinct advantages in terms of durability...

Mt. Kurami 倉見山

Hiked on Jan 22, 2024 . Sojogamine 相定ヶ峰 – Mt. Kurami 倉見山 – Dooyama Park 堂尾山公園   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 9.8 km   Elevation change: 695 metres   Highest point: 1256 metres   Start: Higashi-Katsura Station...

Mt. Ashitaka 愛鷹山

Hiked on Dec 2, 2023 . Umanose Miharashidai 馬ノ背見晴台 – Mt. Echizen 越前岳 – Mt. Kuro-dake 黒岳   Duration: 5 hours   Distance: 9.8 km   Elevation change: 624 metres   Highest point: 1504 metres   Start: Jurigi Bus Stop   Finish: Ashitaka Tozan...

Hijiri-Taki: Okutama’s Sacred Falls

In Search of Little-Visited Falls If a waterfall is indicated on the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) map, excluding a simple ‘O-taki’, there’s a high likelihood that visiting it is a relatively manageable endeavour. There are...

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