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.
Hiking: Mt. Hijiri in the Minami Alps
There are times out in the middle of nowhere when you can’t believe that you are actually there and this was one of them. Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya—big cities all unimaginable while stood at the summit of places like this.
Hiking: Mt. Shiomi in the Minami Alps
The weather this August—torrential rain day after day for almost two weeks. One of my goals this month was to do plenty of hiking, with Mt. Shiomi (塩見岳) in the Minami Alps being the main objective. Mt. Shiomi is a mountain I’ve wanted to climb for some time now but never quite managed it.
Hiking: Mt. Miroku, Mt. Ōtani, Mt. Dōju
Kasugai’s 3 peaks – again. My go to weekday hike.
Hiking: Kasugai’s Three Peaks
Stand pretty much anywhere in Nagoya with an elevated view and look northeast. You’ll see a small mountain range slowly being eaten away by a quarry.
Hiking: Mt. Ontake & New Goals・御嶽山
I’ve been cycling ever since I was a kid. When I moved to Japan permanently way back in 2001 I brought my mountain bike with me. This was two weeks before 9/11 so I just turned up at Heathrow Airport with the bike, pedals off, tyres deflated and it went onto the airplane without any…
Hiking: Another Mt. Gozaisho Hike・御在所岳
Last weekend we took another hike up Mt. Gozaisho. This time we took the back route (裏道) to the top and took the central/middle route (中道) back down. If you live in the Nagoya area and enjoy hiking, Mt. Gozaisho should be one of your go to hikes as it’s suitable for most ages and…
Hiking: Mt. Ibuki
When on high or open ground in Nagoya it’s not unusual to see Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) looming far off in the distance to the northwest (not to be confused with Mt. Ontake to the northeast). It’s a popular and well known hike that I am yet to complete. I’ve driven up at least twice on…