I’ve been wanting to combine cycling with hiking for a while now and decided that this weekend was going to be the time to actually try it out. This is the hike up to Sanpukutoge (三伏峠) on the Nagano/Shizuoka border in the Minami Alps. On a clear day Mt.Fuji is clearly visible so it would […]Read more "Bike & Hike in the Minami Alps"
Last weekend we took another hike up Mt. Gozaisho. This time we took the back route (裏道) to the top and took the central/middle route (中道) back down. If you live in the Nagoya area and enjoy hiking, Mt. Gozaisho should be one of your go to hikes as it’s suitable for most ages and […]Read more "Another Mt. Gozaisho Hike"
This is going out there as an outdoor adventure. Midnight, deep in Gifu, fire, samurai, tradition. Godo-cho, Gifu.Read more "Fire Festival"
Solitude. A walk in the mountains. A day away from the internet. A life without Zuckerberg. Wouldn’t that be something.Read more "A Lone Hiker in Mie"
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"