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Kiyosato

Wet weather, magnificent mountain scenery covered in by clouds, a terse exchange with a vacuous local who treated the foreigner like an exhibit in the zoo, and a railway signal breakdown causing an almost unheard of 2 hour train delay.  That sounds like a bad weekend, but a getaway to Kiyosato was actually not a bad escape from Tokyo. (more…)

Typhoon #13 means Yatsugadake not Kitadake

Typhoon #13 came through Tokyo on Friday night and Saturday morning, and stole our trip to Kita-dake.  The original plan was to take the bikes on the train to Kofu, ride up to the base of the mountain, then hike to the top at around 3,100 metres.  It was to be a 4 day trip, but the heavy rain on Friday night made cancelling a sensible idea.  I’ve had a bad run recently of trips being cancelled on account of the weather. (more…)

7am from Yatsugadake

This place is magical, especially in this good weather. (more…)

Yatsugadake sunset

2900 metres and the cloud cleared just at the right moment. (more…)

Yakushidake

Here’s the only photo taken on my hiking trip that never was – taken at the bus stop outside Kofu Station at 4am.  It was pouring, so Hayashi-san and I went back to the business hotel with a few beers to commiserate.  (more…)

Kofu, 4am

Hayashi-san and I got up at 3.30am to catch our bus to the mountains. As he looked out the window, he said that it’s raining a bit. This was immediately met with a huge thunder clap. This did not bode well. (more…)

Yamanobori preparations

Here’s the state of my living room floor at the moment – I’m getting my hiking gear out for my first overnight Japanese hiking outing. (more…)