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Tsukuba-san with Dim

My friend Dim & I had a good day yesterday up in Tsukuba, a town about an hour north-east of Tokyo.  We intended to climb Tsukuba-san, the smallest and easiest to climb of Japan’s “Hyaku-mei-san” (100 famous mountains), but also probably the most famous other than Fuji-san.  Tsukuba-san is around 800 metres high, and has been regarded as a Shinto holy mountain for centuries. (more…)