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...

Mt. Sengenrei 浅間嶺

Hossawa Falls 払沢の滝 – Mt. Sengenrei 浅間嶺 . . Another Great Hike in Hinohara Village Hinohara Village is a popular playground for Tokyoites and includes several noteworthy drawcards including Mt. Mito, and the Odake and Mitsugo limestone caves. I also...

Hossawa Falls

Tokyo’s Famed Hossawa Falls One thing that never fails to amaze me about living in Tokyo is unearthing its hidden natural treasures. Many readers this would be probably surprised to learn that Tokyo contains one of the One Hundred Waterfalls...

The Best Day Hikes Around Tokyo

Hiking Trails on Tokyo’s Doorstep Given Japan’s mountainous terrain it should come as no surprise that Tokyo’s fringes boast many great hikes. So with that said, it’s time to dust off the hiking gear, grab some friends and hit the trails. The...

Mt. Odake 大岳山

Mt. Odake 大岳山 – Nokogiriyama 鋸山 . . One of the Three Famous Peaks of Okutama This hike introduces Mt. Odake 大岳山 another of the three famous peaks of Okutama along with Mt. Gozenyama and Mt. Mito. The trail’s convenience to Tokyo also makes it...