Suunto A-30L Compass Review

Enjoy Precision Navigation with the Suunto A-30L Compass Along with a detailed topographic map an accurate compass is a must have for any backcountry adventure. In a previous post I offered a summary of what to look for when choosing an outdoor...

Erinji Temple

The Erinji Temple Pays Homage to a Pre-eminent Daimyo Nestled in the mountain foothills surrounding Koshu City, a wine and grape growing area, finds the Erinji Temple 恵林寺 which is well-known throughout Japan. The temple was founded in 1330 and later...

Nishizawa Gorge 西沢渓谷

Nishizawa Keikoku Bus Stop 西沢渓谷入口 – Nanatsugama Godan Falls 七ツ釜五段の滝 . . Emerald Waters of the Nishizawa Gorge In the Kanto region there are few places more beautiful than the Nishizawa Gorge (Nishizawa Keikoku) 西沢渓谷 and surprisingly it is not all...

Hiking First Aid Kit Essentials

First Aid Kit Essentials to Keep you Healthy and Safe out on the Trail When it comes to choosing a first aid kit for backcountry outings you have basically one of two options; make up your own kit or buy one ready-made off the shelf. While there are...

10 Best Outdoor and Adventure Blogs

Updating my Outdoor Allies blogroll recently made me think about which blogs not only have the most engaging content but also genuinely seek to inspire our outdoor adventures. Whilst the following list is not meant to be all-encompassing and...

Dainichi Boulder Yamanashi Prefecture

A Climb up the Dainichi Boulder Aside from scaling the majestic peak of Mt. Mizugaki, another equally stunning viewpoint was delivered from the Dainichi Boulder 大日岩 on the first day. I previously passed by this rather massive rock conglomeration...

Mt. Mizugaki 瑞牆山

Mizugaki-sansou 瑞牆山荘 – Mt. Mizugaki 瑞牆山 . . Jutted Granite Towers and Splendid Views from Mt. Mizugaki Mt. Mizugaki with its precipitous granite crags is a popular hyaku-meizan mountain in the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park. This past May I missed...

Sesshoseki Murder Stone

Legend of the Sesshoseki Murder Stone Our second day in Nasushiobara was spent around the Nasu Onsen hot spring resort situated under the looming Mount Nasudake. Apart from hiking trails, bathing in public hot springs, suspension bridges the resort...

Momijidani Suspension Bridge

Longest Suspension Bridge in Nasushiobara Located a 70 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo the popular tourist spot of Nasushiobara is a picturesque region in Tochigi Prefecture. The city has two main hot spring towns namely Nasu Onsen and Shiobara...