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...

Tama Lake

Pedalling Around Tama Lake While artificial lakes are prevalent throughout Japan ones that contain cycling paths encompassing their length and breadth are not. Enter Tama Lake 多摩湖 located in Higashiyamato City in the western end of Tokyo and...

Hinodeyamakita Ridge 日ノ出山北尾根

Hinodeyamakita Ridge 日ノ出山北尾根 – Mt. Hinodeyama 日の出山 – Mt. Mitsumuroyama 三室山 . . The Forbidden Ridge – An Unconventional Approach to Mt. Hinodeyama Firstly a disclaimer: the hike described below is not one I necessarily advocate as you...

Mt. Tanzawa 丹沢山

Mt. Tounotake 塔ノ岳 – Mt. Tanzawa 丹沢山 – Mt. Hirugatake 蛭ヶ岳 . . Scaling Over the Tanzawa Mountains The allure of traversing Mt. Tanzawa has beckoned me ever since moving to Kodaira City where on clear winter mornings it’s silhouette is clearly...

Shiromaru Dam fish ladder

Unearthing the Longest Fish Ladder in Japan On recent nature outing near Okutama I stumbled across non-descript administrative building which just happens to house the longest fish ladder in Japan. The fish ladder is situated along a scenic stretch...

Hiking and hay fever in Japan

The Spoils of Early Spring Outings Tempted with the lure of warm weather for the first time this year, I made an ill-fated decision yesterday to set out knowing very well I had a good chance of succumbing to hay fever. This ignominious fate first...

Hakuunsan Torii Kannon

A Bodhisattva Inspired Kannon Temple The township of Naguri is more than just a launching pad for local trekking adventures and includes the impressive Hakuunsan Torii Kannon 白雲山 鳥居観音 which makes a formidable statement on the surrounding landscape...

Mt. Bonomine 棒ノ峰山

Naguri Lake 名栗湖 – Mt. Makinooyama 槙ノ尾山 – Mt. Bonomine 棒ノ峰山 . . Battling Up The Sengaku Ridge Slap-bang between Shomaru Station (Seibu Chichibu Line) to the north and Kawai Station (JR Ome Line) to the south you find the charming Naguri Village 名栗村...

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