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How to Plan an Overnight Hike in Japan

Tips for Planning a Successful Backcountry Adventure Planning hiking trips back in Australia was generally a pretty straightforward affair; find some willing accomplices, get a hold of a topo map, pack your gear and start driving. All of this could...

Mt. Tengu 天狗岳

Honzawa Onsen 本澤温泉 – Mt. Tengu 天狗岳 – Shibunoyu 渋の湯 . . Enjoy Some of Yatsugatake Best Hiking This hike is almost a reverse offering of my previous trip to Yatsugatake a couple of years back, with difference being this time starting a...

Hachijo-jima: the Hawaii of Japan

A Subtropical Oasis Within the Tokyo Metropolis Doraemon and his sidekick Betty Boop cut to the chase in this eloquent mural cherishing Hachijo-jima and I can only concur. The island’s subtropical climate, 287 kilometres (178 miles) south of Tokyo...

What to Expect when Camping in Japan

Why Campgrounds in Japan Get It Right Accommodation costs in Japan are for the most part fairly pricey, luckily there are some budget alternatives on hand such as camping if you’re prepared to bring your own gear. In fact, there are over 3,000...

20 Places to Pitch a Tent Around Tokyo

Some Great Places to Camp Around Tokyo Whilst holiday-makers in Japan largely gravitate towards traditional Japanese ryokan and large-scale hotels, gaining popularity in recent years has been car camping or in common Japanese parlance auto camp...

The Outdoor Guide to Tokyo

Exploring the Outdoors Around Tokyo The scale and diversity of Tokyo makes it hard to condense into a short travel write-up, especially the outdoor scene which caters for all and sundry. Having said that, what follows is a brief rundown of some...

25 Things I’ve Learned Hiking in Japan

Musings from 10 Years Hiking in Japan Whether setting out on your first hike or already an accomplished mountaineer there are definitely some quirks unique to hiking in the Japanese mountains. This was especially so coming from an Australian hiking...

The Yatsugatake Mountains

Splendid Backdrop Scaling Yatsugatake Mountains Last summer near perfect conditions provided an excellent opportunity to take a three day hike over the Yatsugatake Mountains. These volcanic mountains are situated on the border between Nagano and...

Mt. Hiryu 飛竜山

Shougen Toge 将監峠 – Mt. Hiryu 飛竜山 – Sanjounoyu 三条の湯 . . Golden Week Hikers on Mass While Golden Week in Japan tends to correspond with some of year’s best weather the downside of course is battling it out with an inordinate number of climbers...

Karisaka Toge 雁坂峠

Karisaka Toge 雁坂峠 – Mt. Suisyoyama 水晶山 – Mt. Koreisan 古礼山 . . Little Used Hiking Course Meets a Famous Mountain Pass This hike spans both Saitama and Yamanashi Prefectures following a little used trail from the western edge of Chichibu Lake over...

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