Hiking: Takadoyasan, Nagano
We didn’t make it all the way to Takadoyasan (高鳥屋山) – I was carrying 11 kilos of daughter on my back and I’d never hiked this trail before. Logic dictated that we take it easy and stay well within our limits.
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…
Life: Quieter Places
Spring is when schools, parks, and quaint Japanese bridges surrounded by cherry blossom are thriving with people welcoming the new school year.
Hiking: Mt. Miroku, Mt. Ōtani, Mt. Dōju
Kasugai’s 3 peaks – again. My go to weekday hike.
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?
Strange Times: What I’m Doing
I’m not an expert so take this with a pinch of salt but this is what I’m doing during the current pandemic.
Mountain Biking: Nagoya Urban MTB・名古屋 MTB
When you think of big Japanese cities I doubt that mountain biking comes to mind. But if you know where to look even in the major urban sprawls you’ll be able to find potential trails.