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Beaches in Fukui

Beaches in Fukui


Living in Chubu means we have probably the best access to the outdoors of anywhere in Japan. To the south and east we have the Pacific Coast, to the north the mountains of Gifu and... more

YUMORIYAMA 夕森山 Evening Forest Mountain

YUMORIYAMA 夕森山 Evening Forest Mountain


The beach may be one answer to the heat of the Nagoya summer, but the mountains provide an enticing alternative — and a far less crowded one. So for those readers who might prefer boots... more

Atsumi Hanto; away from it all

Atsumi Hanto; away from it all


Atsumi peninsula is the one half of the enclosing pincers that define Mikawa Bay (the other half being the Chita peninsular). The northern side of Atsumi faces Mikawa Bay, the southern side straight out onto... more

Mt. Kinka, Gifu

Mt. Kinka, Gifu


If you like hiking, check out the hiking on Mt. Kinka, in a national forest and wildlife sanctuary in Gifu City. It has four trails up the mountain, with interesting things to do at the... more

In the mountains in Mie

In the mountains in Mie


Mie and Nagoya summers are, to say the least, not much fun. As conscientious, environmentally sensitive global citizens, most of us Nagoya city dwellers doubtless try to use the air conditioner as little as possible,... more

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk

Climbing Mount Fuji - A Very Long Walk


All Japanese should climb Mt. Fuji; only fools climb it a second time (old Japanese proverb) A thought occurred to me in the early part of this summer that I had not spent much time out... more

Black Princess Mountain

Black Princess Mountain


The northern ranges of central Japan are now, thanks to the expansion of the expressway system, much more accessible to Nagoya residents, and the opportunity to explore these beautiful mountains is well worth the long... more

Futatsumoriyama: Hiking in Japan

Futatsumoriyama: Hiking in Japan


 The names of most Japanese mountains give little idea of their actual appearance, often either referring to obscure historical arcana or suggesting an over-active, sake-enhanced visual imagination. Futatsumoriyama, however, is a... more

Hiking in Japan: the Basics, Part One

Hiking in Japan: the Basics, Part One


My first article in these pages was in 1989, and in the eighty-plus pieces I have written on climbing Japanese mountains over the last twenty years since then, not once has it occurred to me... more

Get Away in the Mountains of Shizuoka

Get Away in the Mountains of Shizuoka


Living in what most people would consider the ‘boonies’, it can get to you after awhile, not having anything new or interesting to do.   After all, in Tokyo one could never get bored. Between the restaurants,... more