My First 100 Hikes in Japan [Infographic]

Eight and a Half Years in the Making

Last week RIDGELINEIMAGES.com along with its indomitable editor-in-chief quietly chalked up the 100th hike. Yoku ganbarimashita if I might say so! Mind you these aren’t the hyakumeizan (100 top mountains) but hikes I have chosen from across the Greater Tokyo Area and occasionally beyond. When I first started posting my hike reports way back in 2013, I never would’ve imagined that I’d continue it for this long. Part of the reason for the blogs longevity (it’s going on 9 years) lies in the satisfaction from sharing my adventures along with the feedback that I get from you, my beloved readers, who often follow in my footsteps. For those of you who have taken the time to comment and share your experiences or left tips for others I wholeheartedly thank you.

Another point is even after all these years there still aren’t many blogs and websites in English that offer detailed trail notes, downloadable GPX tracks and photos on hiking trails especially around Tokyo. As I’ve stated elsewhere my main goal when writing any hike report is to help my readers answer two questions. Do I want to do this hike? And do I have all the reliable information I need to do this hike safely? For each hike I’d like to think I’ve gone some way towards helping you answer these questions. Also, while I enjoy a day hike as much as the next person, I feel some of the best experiences (and views) are had on multi-day routes which comprise over forty percent of the hikes on this blog.

So, what now, the coronavirus has thrown something of a curveball causing a lot of things to hang in suspended animation including this blog. Like most folk I have focussed on more pressing issues like trying to stay healthy rather than hiking much this year. At last, there is light at the end of the tunnel with a sharp decrease in the number of new cases of infections allowing us to return to our favourite haunts once more. Soon I will be launching a page on the membership platform Patreon something I’ve sidelined for more than a year both as a motivational tool and help make the content on this blog better – for those of you who wish to support me I’m offering some appealing giveaways and other perks, so stay tuned.

Wrapping things up, attached below is a light-hearted infographic about my first 100 hikes in Japan along with a full list of said hikes 😀
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My First 100 Hikes in Japan

No. Hike Date Prefecture
001 Takao-san January 18 2013 Tokyo
002 Iwatakeishi-yama February 1 2013 Tokyo
003 Hinode-yama February 14 2013 Tokyo
004 Bonomine-yama March 4 2013 Saitama
005 Tanzawa-san April 17 2013 Kanagawa
006 Hinodeyamakita Ridge May 1 2013 Tokyo
007 Kumotori-yama May 26 2013 Tokyo
008 Kuro-yama May 26 2013 Tokyo
009 Kasamaru-yama June 29 2013 Gunma
010 Daibosatsu-rei October 3 2013 Yamanashi
011 Kinpu-san October 7 2013 Yamanashi
012 Ryokami-san November 3 2013 Yamanashi
013 Mito-san December 14 2013 Tokyo
014 Ougi-yama January 1 2014 Yamanashi
015 Oyama April 1 2014 Kanagawa
016 Jinba-san April 7 2014 Kanagawa
017 Odake-san April 12 2014 Tokyo
018 Sengenrei-yama May 3 2014 Tokyo
019 Kawakami Village May 5 2014 Nagano
020 Takanosu-yama May 28 2014 Tokyo
021 Honita-yama June 22 2014 Tokyo
022 Mizugaki-yama July 25 2014 Yamanashi
023 Nishizawa Gorge August 15 2014 Yamanashi
024 Yatsugatake August 24 2014 Nagano
025 Okuratakamaru September 13 2014 Yamanashi
026 Karisaka-toge September 24 2014 Yamanashi
027 Buko-san October 31 2014 Saitama
028 Gozen-yama November 8 2014 Tokyo
029 Nokogiri-yama December 20 2014 Chiba
030 Koubou-yama April 11 2015 Kanagawa
031 Hiryu-san May 9 2015 Yamanashi
032 Kentoku-yama May 27 2015 Yamanashi
033 Koganezawa-yama September 22 2015 Yamanashi
034 Hodo-san November 8 2015 Saitama
035 Tenran-zan December 18 2015 Saitama
036 Hachijo-fuji April 16 2016 Tokyo Islands
037 Karataki Waterfall April 22 2016 Tokyo Islands
038 Kawanori-yama May 18 2016 Tokyo
039 Shirayanomaru May 28 2016 Yamanashi
040 Tengu-dake July 12 2016 Nagano
041 Takamiiwa Rock July 25 2016 Yamanashi
042 Kitayoko-dake August 30 2016 Nagano
043 Kobushiga-take October 9 2016 Nagano
044 Oze Marsh November 1 2016 Gunma
045 Tenjo-san April 4 2017 Tokyo Islands
046 Gangaharasuri-yama May 7 2017 Yamanashi
047 Odashirogahara Marshland June 20 2017 Tochigi
048 Tateshina-yama August 10 2017 Nagano
049 Kita-dake September 1 2017 Yamanashi
050 Karasawa-dake October 14 2017 Nagano
051 Shikinejima Coastal Hike March 21 2018 Tokyo Islands
052 Tsuzuraiwa Rock April 29 2018 Tokyo
053 Tenmoku-zan May 9 2018 Tokyo
054 Akagi-yama June 1 2018 Gunma
055 Irikawa Gorge June 14 2018 Saitama
056 Miyatsuka-yama June 28 2018 Tokyo Islands
057 Aino-dake July 27 2018 Shizuoka
058 Yamizo-san August 8 2018 Ibaraki
059 Nantai-san September 26 2018 Tochigi
060 Senjugahama Beach Hike September 27 2018 Tochigi
061 Tsukuba-san October 1 2018 Ibaraki
062 Mt. Hiuchiga-take to Shibutsu-san October 6 2018 Gunma
063 Mitsutoge-yama October 13 2018 Yamanashi
064 Takao-san to Jinba-san October 25 2018 Tokyo
065 Tanigawa-dake November 6 2018 Gunma
066 Okutama Mukashi Michi Hike December 1 2018 Tokyo
067 Shiraiwa Falls Hike December 6 2018 Tokyo
068 Mihara-yama March 20 2019 Tokyo Islands
069 Three Waterfalls of Unazawa Hike April 18 2019 Tokyo
070 Bukka-san April 25 2019 Kanagawa
071 Jinba-san to Mito-san May 2 2019 Tokyo
072 Ogura-yama June 2 2019 Nagano
073 Warusawa-dake August 4 2019 Shizuoka
074 Kuratake-yama September 17 2019 Yamanashi
075 Nyoho-san October 2 2019 Tochigi
076 Makihata-yama November 3 2019 Niigata
077 Kariyose-yama June 5 2020 Tokyo
078 Sayama Hills Loop Hike June 19 2020 Tokyo
079 Koburi Pass July 22 2020 Saitama
080 Nyukasa-yama August 7 2020 Nagano
081 Aizu-Komagatake August 24 2020 Fukushima
082 Kurogane-yama September 25 2020 Yamanashi
083 Naeba-san October 3 2020 Niigata
084 Kushigata-yama October 29 2020 Yamanashi
085 Kasatori-yama November 5 2020 Saitama
086 Honjagamaru November 7 2020 Yamanashi
087 Lake Okutama Ikoi-no-Michi Hike November 14 2020 Tokyo
088 Hiwada-san November 19 2020 Saitama
089 Kobotoke-Shiro-yama December 2 2020 Kanagawa
090 Kintoki-yama December 20 2020 Kanagawa
091 Raiden-yama December 30 2020 Tokyo
092 Takagawa-san March 24 2021 Yamanashi
093 Konara-yama April 5 2021 Yamanashi
094 Nabewari-yama April 11 2021 Kanagawa
095 Takigo-yama April 24 2021 Yamanashi
096 Izuga-take May 6 2021 Saitama
097 Kuki-yama May 29 2021 Yamanashi
098 Myoko-san to Hiuchi-yama July 30 2021 Niigata
099 Wanakura-yama October 8 2021 Saitama
100 Mishotai-san November 7 2021 Yamanashi
Indicates a multiday hike            

8 comments
  • Congratulations on your own hyakumeizan.
    Otsukara sama desu.
    Thank you so much for your very informative blog.
    I have lost count of number of times I have quickly searched for information on your blog before zeroing on a hike I want to do.
    Cheers and keep blogging.

  • Congratulations David, 100 is an excellent number. Hopefully many more wonderful hikes in front of you and thank you for sharing. Ganbatte!

  • Congratulations & thank you! Your blog is always one of my first reference points when looking for new hike inspiration!

  • Congratulations David. That is a great milestone and a spectacular list of adventures. I loved the infographic too (especially the bit on 0 bear encounters).
    I hope there are plenty more mountains to come.
    Cheers
    G

    • Cheers for that G. Have to say it’s been a real privilege to have lived these adventures, countless great memories even when things didn’t pan out as expected. Yes, with a bit of luck there will be plenty more.

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