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...

EIZO FlexScan SX2762W Revisited

It has been almost two years since purchasing the EIZO SX2762W FlexiScan LCD monitor and with almost 3,500 hours on the clock, I felt it was time to revisit my original review (included below) and add some closing remarks. The primary reason for...

Kiyomizu-dera Kyoto

A Pilgrimage to the Quintessential Temple While yesterday was unfathomably cold, today Kyoto turned into one gigantic puddle with incessant rain putting a dampener on things so to speak. Stoically we decided to adhere to our original itinerary by...

Fushimi Inari Taisha Kyoto

The Shrine of 10,000 Torii Kyoto is a city I have been rediscovering for many years and is undeniably one of the best places to point a camera in Japan. In fact it’s hard to take a bad photo – well most of the time anyway. Last weekend I again had...

Mt. Hinodeyama 日の出山

Mt. Hinodeyama 日の出山 – Mt. Mitake 御岳山 . . Heading Towards Sunrise Mountain With some light snow falling last night and a forecast for clear skies brought about an opportunity for a winter traverse. This hike allows some superb views from Mt...

Reading Japanese Hiking Maps

Japanese Mapping Nomenclature Debunked Knowing your limits, keeping safe and out of harm’s way should be your number one priority when hitting the mountain trails and a big part of this is being able to read Japanese maps. While maps, signs...

Mt. Iwatakeishiyama 岩茸石山

Mt. Sogakusan 惣岳山 – Mt. Iwatakeishiyama 岩茸石山 – Mt. Takamizusan 高水山 . . Winter Escape On Tokyo’s Door Step Many of the best hikes around Tokyo are situated along the Ome Line 青梅線 which stretches from Tachikawa to the town of Okutama. This hike...

Mt. Takao 高尾山

Mt. Kobotoke-Shiroyama 小仏城山 – Sagamiko Station 相模湖駅 . . Trudging Through Records Snow Falls to Mt. Takao Mount Takao 高尾山 or as otherwise colloquially known as Takao-san is a popular recreational retreat on the outskirts of Tokyo and only a short 20...

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