Old friend Alex – an English, Japanese, French, and German speaker – has finally opened a guest house in Urugi, southern Nagano. A great place for cycling, hiking, and rural Japanese life. Find him on Google and Facebook at Urugi International Center.Read more "Urugi International Center"
When on high or open ground in Nagoya it’s not unusual to see Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山) looming far off in the distance to the northwest (not to be confused with Mt. Ontake to the northeast). It’s a popular and well known hike that I am yet to complete. I’ve driven up at least twice on […]Read more "Mt. Ibuki"
I was heading for the the Itoshiro valley again on the border between Gifu and Fukui prefectures (more here) to try some winter photography, when I noticed a sign for Amidaga Falls 600m off the road leading up and over the mountain pass to the valley. I’d passed the fall on a number of occasions […]Read more "Amidaga Waterfall ・阿弥陀ケ滝"
One road, ten photos. That was the impromptu task I gave myself as I crossed the Shonai River and headed up the short, steep and hidden climb to Joukoji Park, a quiet, partially gravel road that I’ve ridden up countless times over the years. I don’t know where the idea came from or how valid […]Read more "One Road, Ten Photos"
This summer Outdoor Adventure Japan (me) will be partnering with my long time friend and experienced Japan tour guide, Justin from Hike and Bike Japan, to offer a cycling and hiking tour throughout the Japanese countryside. We’ll be visiting a number of popular towns and cities in the mountains, including Takayama, Matsumoto, Karuizawa, Hakuba, and Kanazawa, […]Read more "Cycling and Hiking Tour 2019"
Hiking – The benefits of shinrinyoku (森林浴) have been known for a long time now and there is no doubt that being outdoors often alone on a mountain trail is good for your health. Road cycling, bike packing, and mountain biking are all great alternatives but it’s hard to beat the simplicity and laid back approach […]Read more "Hiking – Kurofuyama, Mt. Asama, and Komoro"
I used to own a Holga. I can’t remember the reason why but now I don’t. Probably because the shutter stopped working or batteries corroded the elements. Regardless, I haven’t owned one for years. And then they stopped making them and have become a sort-after luxury item apparently. Luckily my friend Darren still has one […]Read more "Hiking with a Holga"