It rained hard the day before so hiking on muddy and slippery mountain trails was out of the question, especially with a young daughter in tow.
Tōkaidō – Walking Kameyama to Seki
Quiet roads, a leisurely distance, and a remarkably well-preserved village to finish the day.
Hiking: Jōkōji – Mt. Dōju
17 years. That’s how long I’ve been cycling past the entrance to the Tōkai Shizen Hodō (東海自然歩道) next to Jōkōji Station (定光寺駅) without ever venturing past the entrance.
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. 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…