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Hiking in Kanagawa

Traffic jam to the mountaintop

I’m sure many people could smugly tell me that a sunny Sunday in the peak of autumn is NOT the right day to visit Hakone for solitude.  I should have known that I’d spend the entire day in one form of traffic jam or another.  But I nonetheless made the mistake of choosing Kintokiyama (金時山), a mountain in the Hakone area, as the destination for a walk and opportunity for my friends to test out their new camera. (more…)

Rambling around the Kamakura Alps

Japan has the Kita (North) Alps, the Minami (South) Alps, and, according to my Japanese language guidebook called “Tokyo One Day Hiking”, also has the Kamakura Alps.  Of course, they’re only about 100 or so metres above sea level, and civilisation almost reaches their peaks.  (more…)

Tanzawa Traverse

Last weekend, I hoped to go up a mountain and see some snow.  Tanzawa-san is around halfway between Tokyo and Mt Fuji, and it seemed to be a prospect to have a bit of white stuff on top of it without needing too much winter hiking equipment. (more…)

To no Take

With my new gear in tow, I got out of Tokyo for the first time this trip, and headed out early on Sunday morning on the Odakyu Line to a town called Shibusawa (Kanazawa Prefecture), about 75 mins south west of Shinjuku.  From there, it’s a short bus ride to Okura, where some hiking trails start through the Tanzawa-Oyama Kokutei Park.  (more…)