Tag: Nagano hikes

Doai Station: Journey to Japan’s Deepest Station

No Escalators just 486 steps from the Ticket Gate When one thinks of a deep, subterranean station you would normally envisage somewhere like Roppongi Station in Tokyo which rests at a hefty 42 metres (138 ft) underground. What you probably wouldn’t...

Honzawa Onsen: Japan’s Highest Rotenburo

Soaking up the Atmosphere at 2,150 metres Having recently travelled over Nobeyama Station the highest train station in Japan (1,345 m) I was fortunate again last week to kick back in the country’s highest outdoor hot spring (rotenburo) at a lofty...

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...

Shinano-Kawakami Station

Old-world Charm: Enter Shinano-Kawakami Station The effects of Japan’s declining population are being felt in virtually all aspects of Japanese society and public transportation isn’t immune from its clutches. A good case in point has been the...

Mawarime Daira Campsite

A Tranquil Campsite at the Foothills of Mount Kinpu As far as relaxing campsites go, Mawarime Daira in Kawakami Village, Nagano Prefecture is hard to surpass. Last week, I had the good fortune of returning to the sprawling grounds where I camped a...

Yatsugatake 八ヶ岳

Mt. Akadake 赤岳 – Mt. Yokodake 横岳 – Mt. Ioudake 硫黄岳 . . Kanto’s Adventure Playground – Yatsugatake The eight main peaks which make up the Yatsugatake Renpo 八ヶ岳連峰 have long held a special affinity with Kanto based outdoor adventurers and...

Kawakami Village

Kawahake 川端下 – Kinpu sansou 金峰山荘 . . Day 1: Kawakami Village a Rock Climbing and Bouldering Mecca (8 km) This hike starts in Kawakami Village 川上村 Nagano Prefecture with the original intent to traverse across to Mt. Mizugaki on the Yamanashi side...

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