15 Terrific Hikes in and Around Tokyo

Mountains You can Climb in a Day from Tokyo Unless otherwise stated all prices are for one travel using local trains and bus services. For residents and tourists alike spending too much time in Tokyo can well, make you go bonkers after a while...

Mt. Takagawa 高川山

Tenjin-toge 天神峠 – Mt. Mineyama 峯山 – Mt. Musubiyama むすび山 . . Revel in Top-notch Views on this Beginner Friendly Hike Takagawayama has plenty going for it, for starters it’s relatively easy to access from Tokyo, climbable by beginners and...

What is COCOHELI and Why I Became a Member

Enjoy Hiking More Safely Staying safe and out of harm’s way out on the trail requires proper planning starting with letting people know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. However, even well-equipped, and seasoned hikers aren’t immune...

Yama to Kogen Chizu: 2021 Edition

MAPPLE Special Online Maps Campaign for 2021 The map images and contents of this article have been obtained with the permission of the publisher (Shobunsha). Come February or March each year Shobunsha Publications a.k.a. MAPPLE release an annual...

Reading “GSI” Topographic Maps

GSI Topo Maps: A Beginner’s Guide In this previous article I described in some detail the finer points of reading “Yama to Kogen Chizu” topographic maps, this time we turn our attention to the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI)...

COVID-19: To Hike or Not To Hike

Japan’s Second COVID State of Emergency: A Piece of Advice TL;DR State of emergency declared in Tokyo and neighbouring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa (the state of emergency was expanded to 11 prefectures on January 13). The...

Mt. Raiden 雷電山

Enoki-toge 榎峠 – Nago-toge 名郷峠 – Mt. Sanbosan 三方山 . . Ome Kyuryo Hiking Trail If you’re after a half-day beginner friendly hike close to Tokyo, then the Ome Kyuryo Hiking Trail 青梅丘陵ハイキングコース could be just the spot. While the rolling hills which...

Mt. Kintoki 金時山

Kintoki-jinja Shrine 金時神社 – Mt. Nagao 長尾山 – Otome-toge 乙女峠 . . A Beginner Friendly Mountain Famed for the Legend of Kintaro Mt. Kintoki also known as Mt. Ashigara is located along the border of Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures in the...

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