Japanese Outdoor Brands for Hikers

Japanese Outdoor Gear Manufacturers

As a follow up to my recent blog post about Japanese outdoor brands I have decided to make the list a little more expansive thanks to some reader suggestions. The aim is to include outdoor manufacturers which offer at least some UL gear tailored towards backpackers. Many are “cottage industry” startups such as ‘and wander’ and PaaGoWORKS both launched in 2011 with the later literally walking distance from my place others like Arai Tent have been in the game for 50 plus years.

Where possible I have indicated those companies, which manufacture exclusively in Japan so kudos to the likes of finetrack who continue to yarn, knit, cut and sow locally. Companies such as Iwatani-Primus and Goldwin that licence foreign brands as well as outdoor brands primarily catering to the auto camp (car camping) crowd for example Captain Stag and Logos are not included.

If you see any inaccuracies or happen to know of other Japanese backpacking and outdoor companies, please leave a comment below and I will add it.


Aichi

SOTO(ソト)
Toyokawa City: Stoves, gas cartridges, cookware and accessories made in JAPAN

KS Ultralight Gear
Komaki City: UL packs and accessories made in JAPAN


Chiba

FREELIGHT(フリーライト)
Kashiwa City: UL packs, tarps, shelters and trekking poles made in JAPAN


Hokkaido

ifyouhave(イフユウハブ)
Sapporo: UL packs and wallets made in JAPAN

YAMAtune(ヤマチューン)
Higashikawa: ‘Darn Tough’ quality socks, arm sleeves, leg warmers made in JAPAN


Hyogo

finetrack(ファイントラック)
Kobe: Tents, tarps, outdoor wear and sleeping bags made in JAPAN


Kanagawa

LOCUS GEAR(ローカス・ギア)
Sagamihara City: Tents, shelters, bivvies and quilts made in JAPAN

YAMATOMICHI(山と道)
Kamakura: UL packs, sacoche bags, outdoor wear, sleeping pads and accessories made in JAPAN

inga(インガ)
Zushi City: Climbing wear including climbing pants and tops made in JAPAN

RIDGE MOUNTAIN GEAR(リッジ マウンテン ギア)
Zushi City: Clothing, storage bags and pouches made in JAPAN

T’s Stove
Kawasaki City: UL backpacking stoves made in JAPAN


Nagano

Sinano(シナノ)
Saku City: Ski and trekking poles made in JAPAN

HERITAGE(ヘリテイジ)
Azumino City: ESPACE tents, packs, sleeping bag covers and accessories made in JAPAN


Niigata

Snow Peak(スノーピーク)
Sanjo City: Cookware, stoves, tents and tarps

UNIFLAME(ユニフレーム)
Tsubame: Aluminium cookware, forks and spoons


Osaka

Montbell(モンベル)
Nishi-ku: Down jackets, packs, tents and sleeping bags

ISUKA(イスカ)
Tondabayashi City: Sleeping bags, sleeping pads and accessories


Saitama

Arai Tent(アライテント)
Tokorozawa City: Tents, shelters and packs made in JAPAN

EPIgas(イーピーアイ)
Kawaguchi City: Stoves and gas cartridges made in JAPAN

MIZO(ミゾー)
Soka City: Ice axes made in JAPAN

EXPERT OF JAPAN(エキスパート・オブ・ジャパン)
Kawaguchi City: Snow shoes, ice axes and crampons made in JAPAN

TORAYA EQUIPMENT(ヤックワークス)
Wako City: Clothing and satchels made in JAPAN


Shiga

Nanga(ナンガ)
Maibara City: Sleeping bags, down wear and accessories made in JAPAN


Tochigi

Nruc(ヌルク)
Mooka City: T-shirts and satchels made in JAPAN

Shelt(シェルト)
Nasushiobara: UL shelters made in JAPAN


Tokyo

PuroMonte(プロモンテ)
Chuo-ku: Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and clothing made in JAPAN

PAINE(パイネ・石井スポーツ)
Shinjuku: Packs, sleeping bags, tents and clothing

Foxfire(フォックスファイヤー)
Sumida-ku: Packs and clothing

TETON BROS.(ティートンブロス)
Chuo-ku: Base, mid layers and soft shells

PHENIX(フェニックス)
Shinjuku: Clothing and accessories

PaaGoWORKS(パーゴワークス)
Kokubunji City: Packs, tarps and stuff sacks

OGAWAND(オガワンド)
Shinjuku: UL packs, stuff sacks and accessories made in JAPAN

MONORAL(モノラル)
Machida: Tarps, folding fire pits and accessories made in JAPAN

WANDERLUST EQUIPMENT(ワンダーラストエクイップメント)
Shinjuku: Tarps and stuff sacks made in JAPAN

and wander(ウェブサイト)
Setagaya-ku: UL packs, sacoche bags, clothing and accessories made in JAPAN

atelier Blue bottle(アトリエブルーボトル)
Nerima City: UL packs, sacoche bags and socks made in JAPAN

AXESQUIN(アクシーズクイン)
Chiyoda-ku: Rain wear, clothing and gloves made in JAPAN

EVERNEW(エバニュー)
Koto-ku: Titanium cookware, alcohol stoves, water bladders and crampons made in JAPAN

PRO TREK(プロトレック・カシオ)
Shibuya: Sport watches

SIRIO(シリオ)
Koto-ku: Hiking shoes


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