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!”
Tōkaidō – Walking Arimatsu to Atsuta Shrine
With Japan under another state of emergency and residents being asked to stay closer to home and within the prefecture walking the Kiso-ji (木曽路), Ise-ji (伊勢路), and some sections of the Nakasendō (中山道), now would be selfish.
Cycling: Suwa’s Ginko Tree
Ginko trees (inchō・銀杏), along with momiji (紅葉) and persimmon (kaki・柿 – not to be confused with the other kaki meaning oyster) make for a staple of the Japanese autumn.
Hiking: Mt. Kasagi
Photo above – A brief glimpse of the Mt. Shiomi area in the Minami Alps. As I mentioned in a previous post the trails are set to reopen soon and that means longer hiking on more mountains. To get ready I went on a short solo hike up Mt. Kasagi (笠置山) in Ena, Gifu prefecture…
Japan hasn’t been forced into self-isolation yet which honestly is quite worrying. Why is the rest of the world locking its doors while Japan isn’t?
Photography: Camera Gear for Hikes and Bicycle Rides
13th October, 2021I’ve since updated my camera to a Panasonic LUMIX S5. You can read about it here. I previously wrote about the camera gear I use when bike packing here but since the outdoor activities I do in Japan have changed over the last couple of years I thought it might be a good…
Hiking: Mt. Gozaisho・御在所岳
Mt. Gozaisho – This was our fourth time hiking up there this year, including one snow hike, and there’s every chance it will soon become five when the autumn colours are on full display. We were probably at least a week too early this time to see Mt. Gozaisho’s colours in their full glory but…
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…