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.
Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Niekawa to Yabuhara
Another walk on the Nakasendō/Kiso-ji. Starting at Niekawa Station (where I finished last time) I passed through Kiso-Hirasawa (木曽平沢), Narai (奈良井), and then over the Torii Pass (鳥居峠) to Yabuhara (藪原).
Hiking: Archive – Eboshigatake ・烏帽子ヶ岳
Eboshigatake (烏帽子ケ岳) near Matsukawa in southern Nagano was my first real hike and it’s one I plan on returning to again in the near future.
Eboshidake and Sampukutoge were probably my favourite places to hike to in 2019. I wish I’d known about them earlier in the year but that’s OK. Now that I do it’ll be good to head back there in 2020, hopefully for a traverse of the Minami Alps. One thing I’ve realised this year is that…
Nagisodake (南木曽岳) is a hidden secret tucked away behind Magome (馬籠宿) and Tsumago (妻籠宿), probably the two most famous towns on the Nakasendo (中山道) in southwest Nagano. At 1667m and a total distance of just under 7kms it’s not a particularly long hike but it was definitely tough in places. Plenty of rickety steep ladders…
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: Agematsu – Kisokomagatake・上松 – 木曽駒ヶ岳
Back in August while browsing trails on the wonderful YAMAP app I came across a trail starting just outside Agematsu (上松) in the Kiso Valley (木曽谷) that went straight to the very top of Kisokomagatake (木曽駒ヶ岳) in the Chuo Alps (中央アルプス). On the east side in Komagane (駒ヶ根) there’s a cable car that can zip…