Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Jinba, a mountain with a horse

There are days that you want to be out in the nature, but don’t have the courage to do a long hike. There are also days when you can’t decide on a possible hiking destination between Tokyo and Kanagawa. A mountain with a horse is the ideal solution that can get you out of theContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Jinba, a mountain with a horse”

Things you find in Japanese countryside (Hint: Spirits)

As you maybe already know, the Japanese people worship a weird mixture of shamanistic Shinto as well as Buddhist gods. Along with the dozens of gods with large names and long titles usually ending in -kami (神) or -mikoto(尊) (like Amaterasu Omikami or  Tsukiyomi-no-Mikoto), there are myriads lesser spirits. Japan has a lot of water.Continue reading “Things you find in Japanese countryside (Hint: Spirits)”

Day Hike from Tokyo: Exploring Myojingatake and the Outer Caldera of Hakone

[Visited on September 26th, 2020] Since I recently moved to Kanagawa (again), it makes sense to focus more on visiting mountains inside the prefecture. It is not easy to wake up and head all the way to Saitama after all. Well, considering that I had already been to Mt. Oyama, Mt. Jimba and Mt. Byobo,Continue reading “Day Hike from Tokyo: Exploring Myojingatake and the Outer Caldera of Hakone”

Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Mitake, Hinode and Konpira

During the peak of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, people of Tokyo were asked not to leave the capital, in order to prevent further spread of the virus to rural areas. Then the long holiday of Obon came about and everyone was stuck in the city, but soon a loophole was discovered: OkutamaContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: Mt. Mitake, Hinode and Konpira”

Day hike from Tokyo: Chisuji falls, Mt. Takanosu and Mt. Byobu

Hakone is one of the most visited places among people visiting Japan for the first time. Despite its popularity as a casual travelling destination, it is also known for its various hiking routes. It is also famous for being the last part of the Hakone-Ekiden relay marathon race, that is held for two days atContinue reading “Day hike from Tokyo: Chisuji falls, Mt. Takanosu and Mt. Byobu”

A hidden gem: Koburi Pass

There is only one hiking path in Kanto that I have visited more than 3 times until now; Koburi pass (顔ぶり峠). It is a well hidden path in Saitama prefecture, starting from Agano station of JR Seibu Chichibu line and is part of the Ogose hiking routes. Compared to other hiking routes, this one isContinue reading “A hidden gem: Koburi Pass”