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"
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"
Mt. Gozaisho in Mie prefecture is only an hour’s drive from Nagoya and a great mountain for a day hike. In winter you’ll need some basic snow gear like snow spikes for your shoes (waterproof) for the 2-hour hike to the top, but apart from that planning the hike is quite straightforward. There are one […]Read more "Mt. Gozaisho Snow Hike"
You may or may not have noticed that there haven’t been that many posts in 2018. While I’ve been spending more time than ever outdoors in the countryside road cycling, bike packing, mountain biking, hiking, and photographing in Japanese mountains, the Australian countryside, or back ‘home’ in the U.K., the name Bike Packing Japan has […]Read more "A New Direction"
This isn’t directly related to cycling (at the moment) but I recently took a trip to Hokkaido in the depths of winter. Quite simply I wanted to experience the snow that it’s famous for. It lived up to it’s reputation so if you love snow, trees, mountains, and bitterly cold temperatures I highly recommend a […]Read more "Hokkaido"
Mt. Norikura (乗鞍) is considered a right of passage for many cyclists in Japan. It’s the highest road in the country and only bicycles, taxis, and official buses are allowed up. It’s sometimes called Japan’s version of Alpe d’ Huez with plenty of switchbacks, 1200m of elevation gain from the Norikura Heights car park, and […]Read more "Mt. Norikura – Bike and Hike to 3026m"