Tag: Yamanashi hikes

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...

Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸

Mt. Okuratakamaru 大蔵高丸 – Mt. Hamaiba ハマイバ丸 . . One of Yamanashi’s 100 Revered Mountains The original plan for this hike was to finish at Sasago Station on the JR Chuo Main Line but as with all best laid plans, weather tends to be the final...

Nishizawa Gorge 西沢渓谷

Nishizawa Keikoku Bus Stop 西沢渓谷入口 – Nanatsugama Godan Falls 七ツ釜五段の滝 . . Emerald Waters of the Nishizawa Gorge In the Kanto region there are few places more beautiful than the Nishizawa Gorge (Nishizawa Keikoku) 西沢渓谷 and surprisingly it is not all...

Dainichi Boulder Yamanashi Prefecture

A Climb up the Dainichi Boulder Aside from scaling the majestic peak of Mt. Mizugaki, another equally stunning viewpoint was delivered from the Dainichi Boulder 大日岩 on the first day. I previously passed by this rather massive rock conglomeration...

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