Three Steps for Planning a Safe Hike in Japan

Planning and Managing Risks on the Trail During my formative days hiking in Japan, I must confess I didn’t devote much time to planning my hikes even the overnight ones. My usual approach back then was print out a hike some random person posted on...

Mt. Toridani 酉谷山

Hiked on May 5, 2022    Jul 3, 2022 . Nanahaneyama 七跳山 – Hinatadani-no-atama 日向谷ノ頭 – Toridaniyama Refuge Hut 酉谷山避難小屋   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 30.4 km   Elevation change: 1098 metres   Highest point:...

Food for an Overnight Hike in Japan

Backpacking Food Ideas and Meal Planning A common question I get is what food I pack for an overnight hike. The simple answer is foodstuffs that I enjoy eating and not too much as food is heavy. In stark contrast to my first overnight hike, when I...

Mt. Yogaisan 要害山

Hiked on Apr 19, 2022 . Kaze no Kamisama 風の神様 – Mt. Koyashiro コヤシロ山 – Mt. Minashi 実成山   Duration: 3 hours   Distance: 8.5 km   Elevation change: 402 metres   Highest point: 609 metres   Start: Arai Bus Stop   Finish: Arai Bus Stop  ...

Mt. Ryugadake 竜ヶ岳

Hiked on Mar 29, 2022 . Stone Buddha 石仏 – Hashita-toge 端足峠 – Lake Motosuko 本栖湖   Duration: 5 hours   Distance: 11.1 km   Elevation change: 550 metres   Highest point: 1485 metres   Start: Lake Motosuko Bus Stop (Blue Line)   Finish: Lake...

Akabokko 赤ぼっこ

Hiked on Mar 20, 2022 . Mt. Yougaisan 要害山 – Tenguiwa 天狗岩 – Umabikisawa-toge 馬引沢峠   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 11.2 km   Elevation change: 228 metres   Highest point: 414 metres   Start: Miyanohira Station (Ome Line)...

Backpacking Gear List 2022

3-Day, 3-Season Backpacking Gear (Updated 2022) It’s been a couple of years since I last whipped out the scales and took inventory of the gear, I take with me on a three-season, three-day hike. Not surprisingly the bulk of the stuff I carry is...

Yama to Kogen Chizu: 2022 Edition

MAPPLE Special Online Maps Campaign Continues in 2022 The map images and contents of this article have been obtained with the permission of the publisher (Shobunsha). Like always at the beginning of spring Shobunsha Publications (MAPPLE) released...

AOKA CMP163CL Carbon Tripod Review

Best Backpacking Tripod for Lightweight Adventures Let’s start with why even bother bringing a travel tripod along when hiking. Many readers no doubt see a tripod as kind of ridiculous luxury especially when the majority weigh something akin to...

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