Mt. Oku-Shirane 奥白根山

Hiked on Jun 17, 2023 . Mt. Mae-Shirane 前白根山 – Midaga Pond 弥陀ヶ池 – Mt. Goshiki 五色山   Duration: 8 hours   Distance: 13.3 km   Elevation change: 1098 metres   Highest point: 2578 metres   Start: Nikko Yumoto Campground...

100 Famous Yamanashi Mountains

Yamanashi’s Most Prominent Peaks One thing Japanese people love to do is rank and categorise things, and mountains are no exception. Ever since the release of Kyuya Fukada’s best seller 100 Famous Japanese Mountains (Nihon Hyaku-meizan) back...

Mt. Ogawayama 小川山

Hiked on May 25, 2023 . Mawarime-daira 廻り目平 – Hacho-daira 八丁平 – Fujimidaira-goya 富士見平小屋   Do not attempt this hike unless you have experience in route-finding, and make sure you carry a topographic map and handheld GPS device.  ...

Yama Dake Mine: Japanese Mountain Kanji

What’s in a Name? Japan’s Mountain Kanji Explained Studying kanji, or Chinese characters used in the writing of Japanese, can leave even the most ardent student exasperated at the best of times, and that’s before they ever open a hiking map. Place...

UCO Mini Flatpack Grill and Firepit

A Compact, Packable, Flatpack Grill Hauling along a BBQ grill on a hike may not be everyone’s cup of tea; but hear me out. I’m not suggesting bringing one on any old hike, where weight is a major consideration, but rather on shorter solo camping...

Azegamaru 畦ヶ丸

Hiked on Apr 28, 2023 . Nishi Tanzawa Visitor Center 西丹沢ビジターセンター – Mt. Komotsurushi 菰釣山 – Mt. Takazasu 高指山   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 23 km   Elevation change: 839 metres   Highest point: 1379‬ metres   Start:...

Fuchu Kyodonomori BBQ Park

Tokyo’s Best Public BBQ Spot As far as hassle-free BBQ spots in Tokyo go, they don’t get much better than Fuchu Kyodonomori BBQ Park. Believe me, I’ve been to many over the years. So, what sets it apart from the likes of Showa Memorial Park...

Mt. Minoyama 蓑山

Hiked on Apr 3, 2023 . Wado Ruins 和銅遺跡 – Minoyama Park 美の山公園   Duration: 3 hours   Distance: 6.3 km   Elevation change: 412 metres   Highest point: 582 metres   Start: Wado-Kuroya Station (Chichibu Main Line)  ...

Yama to Kogen Chizu: 2023 Edition

2023 Release of Maps of Mountains and Plateaus The map images and contents of this article have been obtained with the permission of the publisher (株式会社昭文社 Shobunsha Publications, Inc.). As is customary, Shobunsha Publications, Inc. (MAPPLE)...

Mt. Iwadono 岩殿山

Hiked on Feb 26, 2023 . Oni-no-iwaya 鬼の岩屋 – Mt. Iwadono 岩殿山 – Yosuike 用水池 A variation of this hike includes a loop course over the neighbouring mountains of Mt. Tenjin and Mt. Chigootoshi, though it involves several areas with fixed...

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