Climbing the unknown

Mountains are calling and I must go. That's a famous quote by John Muir. But what if you can't see who's calling you? What if you go all the way up to 2077m and see nothing? Is visibility, scenery, view from the top so important? Is walking in the unknown so scary? Or you just [...]


Lesser known islands of Japan

"From here on giant deep sea creatures may appear. To avoid any accidents kindly be seated and keep your seat belts fastened." Heart skipped a beat after hearing that! It does not state Whales may appear; it clearly suggests human race knows next to nothing about ocean and we are currently in deep waters so [...]

Visit to World’s Largest Fishmarket- Tsukiji

First fish market in Tokyo was established in Edo Period by Ieyasu Tokugawa; who was the Commander in Chief. He invited fishermen from Osaka to Edo to provide fish to the castle. Tokyo was known as Edo till 1870's. They used to sit near Nihonbashi Bridge till the Kanto earthquake in 1923. Earthquake devastated most [...]


Four Hundred Years Old Road…

..that great peak in Kiso Is freezing even in summer We wish we could give it Some warm clothing... This story is about a highway built 400 year ago.  A road connecting two powerful cities. Road which was the rejuvenation of Japan's thousand years old highway system. Nakasendo (中山道) --- Road though the central mountains. Another name is [...]


Where Japanese Adam and Eve are enshrined

Long ago when the world was yet to take its current shape two deities were sent from the heaven to make this mortal world more interesting. Izanagi no Omikoto (the male God) and Izanami no Omikoto (the female God)... When they arrived they saw there is no life, they were unimpressed. He stabbed the [...]


Lost in the suicide forest

Mount Fuji.. Symbol of Japan. This unique shaped active volcano erupted two times. Increasing the height of this mountain up to 3,776m. Making it Japan’s tallest mountain. Mt Fuji hike in Summer is very popular. People line up for the summit for hours. But my objective was not to climb the mountain but to visit [...]


Mt Asahi, Hokkaido

Starting with one of my favorite hikes in Japan. Mt Asahi or Asahidake (旭日岳). An active volcano part of Daisetsuzan Volcanic group. This majestic beast is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido with the elevation of 2,291 meters. Total time- 6 to 8 hours Difficulty level- Moderate (Elevation gain- 1110mt) Access- Take a bus to Asahi-Dake Onsen from [...]