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...

Mt. Honita 本仁田山

Mt. Kobutaka コブタカ山 – Mt. Honita 本仁田山 . . A Summer Hike to Mt. Honita The hike to Mt. Honita is usually combined as part of a longer walk to Mt. Kawanori however given the hot summer weather, I decided to make an early start and leave the later...

Petzl Tikkina 2 Headlamp Review

Petzl Tikkina 2 headlamp Designed for Everyday Lighting Needs With dusk quickly approaching you set up camp and start preparing dinner only to find that your trusty headlamp has been blissfully illuminating the inners of your pack all day. With your...

Mammut Trion Pro 35 + 7 Backpack Review

Mammut Trion Pro a Technical Alpine Backpack from Mammut The previous backpack I used for day hikes was Australian made and provided many years of loyal service. However as with all good things it was a broken zipper which finally sent it into...

Mt. Takanosu 鷹ノ巣山

Mt. Takanosu 鷹ノ巣山 – Mt. Kayanoki 榧ノ木山 – Mt. Kurato 倉戸山 . . Breathtaking Views and Tranquillity at Mt. Takanosu Mt. Takanosu has long held a special affinity for those living in the Okutama area. During the Edo Period the mountain was off limits to...

Old steel Fanta cans on a lonely ridge

Old Steel Fanta Cans Masquerading as Archaeological Scrap While Japan on the whole takes enormous pride in disposing of rubbish thoughtfully particularly in the urban environs, some mountains with Mt. Fuji being a prime example, still haven’t...

Mammut Redburn GTX Approach Shoe Review

A Solid All-Round Trail Shoe from Mammut The Mammut Redburn GTX have undergone several minor revisions since their release in 2008 with the shoes earning a strong following amongst outdoor enthusiasts. The Redburn GTX are often referred to as an...

Nalgene Wide Mouth Cantene Review

A Versatile Collapsible Water Bottle from Nalgene It goes without saying, that a durable and more importantly leakproof water bottle is an absolute must when venturing into the backcountry and over the years I have tried many of them. For a long...

Kawakami Village

Kawahake 川端下 – Kinpu sansou 金峰山荘 . . Day 1: Kawakami Village a Rock Climbing and Bouldering Mecca (8 km) This hike starts in Kawakami Village 川上村 Nagano Prefecture with the original intent to traverse across to Mt. Mizugaki on the Yamanashi side...

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