Okuchichibu Grand Traverse 奥秩父主脈縦走

Hiked from Oct 10 to Oct 14, 2023 . Mizugaki-sansou 瑞牆山荘 to Okutama Station 奥多摩駅   This is a long and demanding multi-day hike suitable for experienced hikers. Do not attempt this hike unless you have experience in route-finding. Carry the...

Mt. Iwadono 岩殿山 (Loop Course)

Hiked on Nov 11, 2023 . Oni-no-iwaya 鬼の岩屋 – Mt. Tenjin 天神山 – Mt. Chigootoshi 稚児落し If you wish to avoid the fixed chains, this hike can also be undertaken as an out-and-back hike, or ‘piston’ from Otsuki Station.  ...

Greater Tokyo Area’s Premier Long-Distance Trail

Longitudinal Traverse of the Okuchichibu Mountains Last month, I achieved a long-term goal by completing what I consider to be the best multi-day hike in the Greater Tokyo Area, which I have coined the ‘Okuchichibu Grand Traverse’. The journey...

Mt. Hakutaisan 白泰山

Hiked on Nov 3, 2023 . Hakutaisan 白泰山 – Nozoki-iwa のぞき岩   Do not attempt this hike unless you have experience in route-finding, and make sure you carry a topographic map and handheld GPS device.   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 18.1 km...

Mt. Gongen 権現山

Hiked on Oct 7, 2023 . Asakawa-toge 浅川峠 – Mt. Amefuri 雨降山 – Mt. Nihonsugi 二本杉山   Duration: 5.5 hours   Distance: 15.2 km   Elevation change: 1046 metres   Highest point: 1312 metres   Start: Asakawa Bus Stop...

Kawanori Valley 川苔谷

In Search of a Cooler Destination Summer in Japan used to be somewhat tolerable when there was an understanding that it would roll past by early September. Here we are, two-thirds of the way through September, and it continues unabated, thanks to...

Mt. Kesamaru 袈裟丸山

Hiked on Aug 29, 2023 . Reclining Buddha statue 寝釈迦像 – Sai-no-kawara 賽の河原 – Mt. Komaruyama 小丸山   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 26.4 km   Elevation change: 1408 metres   Highest point: 1878 metres   Start: Sori...

Southern Alps Traverse 南アルプス縦走

Hiked from July 21 to July 29, 2023 . Hirogawara 広河原 to Akaishi Onsen Shirakabaso 赤石温泉白樺荘   This is a long and demanding multi-day hike suitable for experienced hikers. Do not attempt this hike unless you have experience in route-finding. Carry...

Southern Alps Traverse: Preparation, Food, and Gear

Getting Down to the Nuts and Bolts From July 21st to July 29th, 2023, I completed a full-length traverse of the entire Southern Alps from Hirogawara in Yamanashi Prefecture to Akaishi Onsen Shirakabaso hot spring in Shizuoka Prefecture, a distance...

10 Tips to Stay Safe Hiking in Japan

Make Your Safety a Priority As I go about preparations for my summer hike in the Southern Alps, I thought it would be timely to reflect on how safety figures into the mix. I hope you find it useful. Last month, the National Police Agency released...

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