Tag: outdoor adventure
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: Minami Komagatake
A 3 a.m. start thinking I’d be the only one on the trail. But you are never alone in Japan, even in the middle of the night on a mountain. Frustrating, yes, but reassuring too.
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?
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.
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…
I took a trip to Kyoto last weekend to meet up with a good friend and published photographer – Sean Lotman.* It’s been a while since I visited Kyoto and in the years that I’ve been away the city has continued to develop into a parody of itself. It’s as if it has turned into…
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…