Fourteen kilograms of restless bouncy daughter was too much. I enjoy hiking with her but there comes a time when it’s wise to admit defeat. This hike was me throwing in the towel.
Hiking: Mt. Hououzan
How do you explain to someone that hasn’t hiked much in Japan than despite hiking to over 2700m, despite walking (which felt more like climbing – actual climbing – almost vertically non-stop for 6 solid hours), and despite being in the least visited of the three major mountain ranges, that the campsite would be full…
Hiking: The Other Eboshidake in the Clouds
Eboshidake in the Minami Alps behind the clouds. This was the third time in succession that this hike hasn’t gone to plan. See here and here. The Minami Alps usually offer spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and the other big mountain ranges of central Japan but once again the weather had other ideas and the…
Hiking in the Minami Alps: Coffee at the Top
There’s a joke between a good friend and his brother regarding a hike they did in Colorado a few years ago. Early morning on a remote mountain, as they approached the summit they saw a trail runner come through the mist, he flies straight past them shouting “Coffee at the top!”
Fujimidai is the perfect place to hike with the family. The trails are safe, the views are wonderful, and it only takes 2 hours to get there from the Nagoya region.
Hiking: Mt. Ibuki – The Easy Option
Driving Ibukiyama Skyline was not how I’d liked to have reached the summit of Mt. Ibuki on the border of Gifu and Shiga prefectures but hiking up with 14kgs of daughter, a 2kg kid’s carrier backpack, a camera, and 1.5 litres of sports drink in 30°C heat wasn’t really an option.
It’s been just over a week since we returned from the UK. Flying back into Japan was a nightmare. If you’re coming back any time soon – especially into Narita or Haneda – stay calm and remember, it’s not always going to be like this. Well, fingers crossed.
Adventure: Hiking for Kids in Once a Year Snow
Hiking up Mt. Miroku in once a year snow as the leader of a new local hiking club for kids.