Every now and then I get a strong desire to head out to Chausuyama (茶臼山), Urugi (売木), and Tenryu (天龍) in southeast Nagano, bordering Aichi and Shizuoka prefectures. I never quite know what draws me out there but the isolation (relative to Japan) is a big factor. The area has the wonderful Tenryu River running […]Read more "Cycling Tenryu in Southeast Nagano"
This river and small mountain range is less than 30 minutes from my home by car and about 45 minutes by bicycle. I knew it looked wonderful in autumn but summer (despite the insane heat and humidity) looks pretty good too.Read more "Summer Hike"
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"