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A sunny day & a window seat

I don’t like not knowing where I am.  That’s why I like the window seat.  And on sunny days like this, there’s an extra bonus in that all the familiar landmarks are easy to spot.  (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…)

Jinbocho outdoor shops & Marine Day

I’ve only been in Tokyo for 3 weeks, and am already busily planning how to spend my holidays.  Monday is Marine Day (Umi no hi), a public holiday, and I’m planning to go nowhere near the sea.  Instead, I’m planning to spend tomorrow up in the Tanzawa mountain range, south east of Tokyo. (more…)