Mt. Mishotai 御正体山

Naka-no-dake 中ノ岳 – Mt. Ishiwari 石割山 – Mt. Hirao 平尾山   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 25 km   Elevation change: 1214 metres   Highest point: 1681‬ metres   Difficulty:   Start: Tsurushi Station (Fujikyuko Line)...

Mt. Wanakurayama 和名倉山

Higashisenba 東仙波 – Mt. Karamatsuo 唐松尾山 – Mt. Kasatori 笠取山   Duration: 3 days   Distance: 32.3 km   Elevation change: 1503 metres   Highest point: 2036 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Lake Chichibu Bus Stop...

Great Scott: My Olympic Tickets Just Turned Up

As I Live and Breathe A prime example of how askew and erratic things have been of late is the arrival today of my Olympic tickets for the Tokyo 2020 men’s mountain bike race. What the dickens? Yes, you read that correctly and more than two months...

Tokyo 2020 Men’s Mountain Bike Race

Highlights From the Men’s Cross Country Race As you probably guessed from the title, last Monday I went to see the men’s mountain bike race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I know it’s not a popular thing to say due to the current state of...

A Month Out: Olympic Rings at Mt. Takao

Takaosan Propping Up the Olympic Rings Like the cloak of mist which shrouded Mt. Takao for the unveiling of the Olympic rings back in April to mark 100 days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, the weather last Sunday was much the same. An omen...

Mt. Kukiyama 九鬼山

Tenguiwa 天狗岩 – Mt. Matateyama 馬立山 – Mt. Gozenyama 御前山   Duration: 5 hours   Distance: 9.9 km   Elevation change: 550 metres   Highest point: 970 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Kasei Station (Fujikyuko Line)   Finish: Saruhashi...

Sayama Hills Mountain Bike Course

Tama Lake – Sayama Lake – Noyamakita-Rokudoyama Park . . Nature and Mountain Biking at Tokyo’s Doorstep If you search Google Maps and look for parks with abundant nature within 30 km of central Tokyo there is one spot bound to catch your eye –...

Mt. Izugatake 伊豆ヶ岳

Takahatayama 高畑山 – Amamezasu Toge 天目指峠 – Nenogongen 子の権現   Duration: 6 hours   Distance: 13.6 km   Elevation change: 561 metres   Highest point: 851 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Shomaru Station (Seibu...

Meoto Falls in Hinohara Village

Efforts Rewarded at this Seldom Visited Waterfall In November last year I failed in my attempt to reach the Meoto Falls due to a dodgy trail and fear of being picked off by some local hunters. Hence a revenge mission was high on the agenda. Of the...

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