Tag: waterfall

Hijiri-Taki: Okutama’s Sacred Falls

In Search of Little-Visited Falls If a waterfall is indicated on the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) map, excluding a simple ‘O-taki’, there’s a high likelihood that visiting it is a relatively manageable endeavour. There are...

Kawanori Valley 川苔谷

In Search of a Cooler Destination Summer in Japan used to be somewhat tolerable when there was an understanding that it would roll past by early September. Here we are, two-thirds of the way through September, and it continues unabated, thanks to...

Autumn Colours in Tokyo’s Hinohara Village

Guns, Momiji, and Waterfalls If you’re in search of abundant nature Hinohara Village on the outskirts of Tokyo is a good place to start. Each year I make more than a few trips to the metropolis’s only village to escape the city and enjoy fresh air...

Journey Along the Kurasawa Valley in Okutama

Solo Summer Hike and Camp in Okutama Arriving mid-morning at Okutama Station during the Obon holidays was, as expected, bustling with activity. Perhaps a little surprising given COVID-19. I made a beeline for one of the two diminutive buses headed...

Mt. Kariyose 刈寄山

Hiked on May 31, 2020 . Mt. Imakuma 今熊山 – Mt. Kariyose 刈寄山 – Kongo Falls 金剛の滝   Duration: 5.5 hours   Distance: 13.7 km   Elevation change: 447 metres   Highest point: 687 metres   Start: Imakumasan Tozanguchi Bus Stop...

Mt. Kuratake 倉岳山

Hiked on Sep 14, 2019    Aug 28, 2021 . Mt. Takahata 高畑山 – Mt. Kuratake 倉岳山   Duration: 5.5 hours   Distance: 11.4 km   Elevation change: 674 metres   Highest point: 990 metres   Start: Torisawa Station (Chuo Main...

Mt. Ogura 御座山

Hiked on May 29, 2019 . Mt. Ogura 御座山 – Zeneimine 前衛峰 – Miharashidai 見晴台   Duration: 2 days   Distance: 11 km   Elevation change: 972 metres   Highest point: 2112 metres   Start: Kuryu bus stop   Finish:...

Three Waterfalls of Unazawa Hike

Hiked on Apr 13, 2019 . Unazawa Otaki Falls 海沢大滝 – Onara Pass 大楢峠   Duration: 5 hours   Distance: 14.8 km   Elevation change: 340 metres   Highest point: 680 metres   Start: Shiromaru Station (Ome Line)   Finish: Kori...

Shiraiwa Falls Hike

Hiked on Dec 1, 2018    Jan 3, 2022 . Mt. Aso 麻生山 – Mt. Hinodeyama 日の出山 – Tsurutsuru onsen つるつる温泉   Duration: 3.5 hours   Distance: 8 km   Elevation change: 597 metres   Highest point: 902 metres   Start:...

Kamuiwakka Falls

Fun, One-of-a-Kind Experience A waterfall that doubles as a natural hot spring is the best way to describe the Kamuiwakka Falls which are located up the road from the Shiretoko Five Lakes. These falls are one of Japan’s more amazing natural...

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