Tokyo one day hikes- 3 Mt Mito

Hiking in Japan during summer or rain has it's own advantages. Lush green forests and lesses layers of clothes. The waterfalls are simply beautiful. Sawanobori or the stream climbing is popular sport in Japan. Sawa stands for stream; noboru is to climb. This hike was done in mid July. July is muggy and not so [...]

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Tallest Mountain in Tokyo

On a nice autumn morning I left my home early. I had a huge pack on my shoulders. Tent, sleeping bag, food for two days, stove, clothes, rain gears just in case ... Two days trek always demand more gears. Walking with a huge backpack in the middle of the city; I was definitely looking like [...]

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 land..no life, they were unimpressed. He stabbed the [...]

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 [...]