Pareidolia man

An Unexpected Visitor at Breakfast While sorting through my photos from this past weekend’s hike to Mt. Daibosatsu one shot in particular caught my attention. At first it actually kind of freaked me out as it appeared I had caught an ‘uninvited...

Exploring Hakone hot spring resort

A Sure Way of Escaping Tokyo’s Summer Heat and Humidity Where is a good place to escape the suffocating heat and humidity of Tokyo? How about Hakone, that holiday mecca out Kanagawa way. So that was the decision we made a couple of months back and...

Sado Island

Tumultuous Beginnings and an Indeterminate Future Sado Island – a population that continues to decline. Back in the halcyon days of 1950 its inhabitants peaked at 125,000 while fast forward to 2011 and it has fallen markedly now hovering around half...

Camp Zama Bon Odori Festival

An Eclectic Summer Festival in the Boondocks of Tokyo One of the advantages of living in Tokyo is access to the incredible food on offer. However when the time comes to indulge in some ‘authentic’ foreign cuisine heading along to a Camp Zama...

Charles Robert Jenkins

An Encounter with Charles Jenkins For most people Sadogashima 佐渡ヶ島 or Sado Island conjures up an image of gold mines and a rugged coastline. For me however the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Jenkins’ as in Charles Robert Jenkins the one time U.S...

Okutama Ropeway

The Demise of an Ill-Conceived Idea – The Okutama Ropeway It seems de rigueur these days that anyone with an outdoor blog has a category devoted to haikyo 廃虚 or in the English vernacular urban exploration. This genre of writing and photography...

Ueno Village Gunma Prefecture

A Cave, Suspension Bridge and Dam – Ueno Village has it all! Apart from our hike to Mt. Kasamaruyama and visiting the Ireino Sono Shrine we took some time out to visit some of Ueno Village’s other tourist offerings including the Fujido...

Mt. Kasamaruyama 笠丸山

Jizoutoge Pass 地蔵峠 – Mt. Kasamaruyama 笠丸山 . . A Knife Edge with 360 Degree Views The precipitous peak of Mt. Kasamaruyama 笠丸山 (1,189 m) is located in Ueno Mura 上野村 in the back blocks of Gunma Prefecture. This still relatively unknown rural...

Nagatoro Town

The Tatami Walls of Nagataro June is a great month for getting out and exploring some unfrequented spots within easy reach of Tokyo before the pervasive summer heat sets in. This entry introduces Nagatoro-machi 長瀞町 an attractive riverside town on...

Mt. Kuroyama 黒山

Mt. Bonomine 棒ノ峰山 – Mt. Kuroyama 黒山 – Nasaka Pass 名坂峠 . . Mt. Bonomine Revisited – Southerly Approach This hike once again tackles Mt. Bonomine 棒ノ峰山 though this time from a southerly approach. The advantage of taking this particular...

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