Tag: Yamanashi hikes

Tokyo Mountains with Names Overlaid

A Panorama of Mountains from Tama Lake in Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolis sits on the Kanto Plain, the largest lowland area in Japan and home to around a third of the country’s population. To the east, the city is bordered by the Edogawa River and Chiba...

Recapturing this 500-yen Banknote Classic

Mt. Fuji as Seen on the 500-yen Banknote Until the release of the 500-yen coin in 1982, its corresponding paper equivalent reigned for more than 40 years. In fact, it wasn’t until 1994 that the 500-yen banknote was finally withdrawn from circulation...

Mt. Gangaharasuri 雁ヶ腹摺山

Otoge 大峠 – Mt. Gangaharasuri 雁ヶ腹摺山 – Mt. Ubakoyama 姥子山 . . Peak Hiking Season Minus the Crowds If your goal is to give the teems of weekend hikers flocking to the mountains a wide berth, I wholeheartedly recommend this hike. The hike...

Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩

Dainichi-goya 大日小屋 – Takamiiwa Rock 鷹見岩 . . One of the Finest Views in the Chichibu Tama Kai NP The main driver behind this hike was less about putting in a lot of kilometres but to retreat to familiar territory and explore a remote and little...

Shirayanomaru 白谷丸

Kurotake 黒岳 – Shirayanomaru 白谷丸 . . Wild Camping at its Finest For superb mountain climbing close to Tokyo, it’s hard to go past the ranges neighbouring Mt. Daibsatsurei in Yamanashi Prefecture. This hike my third to the area in the past 18...

Mt. Koganezawa 小金沢山

Kurotake 黒岳 – Mt. Koganezawa 小金沢山 . . Wild Camping Affords Majestic Views This hike was rather reminiscent of last year’s climb to Mt. Okuratakamaru with blue skies intermixed with shrouded mist hampering the view. While the first day’s...

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. Kentoku 乾徳山

Kougen Hut 高原ヒュッテ – Mt. Kentoku 乾徳山 – Mt. Douman 道満山 . . Spectacular 360-degree Panorama from Mount Kentoku If there was ever a mountain sorely overlooked in Kyuya Fukada’s famous Japanese mountain list its Mount Kentoku as it includes some of the...

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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