Mt.Kinpu Summit Shrine

Mt.Kinpu (金峰山)

Mt.Kinpu (金峰山) is a rocky summit found in the borders of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures. At 2599MASL this mountain is the tallest among the Okuchichibu Mountains (奥秩父山塊) that belong to the Hyakumeizan (日本百名山) or the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan. If travelling by public transport, the mountain can be approached either from the west via Mizugakisansou (瑞牆山荘) and the Fujimidaira Hut (富士見平小屋), or doing…

Trail head marker

Mt.Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺)

Mt.Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺) is a 2056MASL mountain forest in Yamanashi Prefecture and is part of the Hyakumeizan or the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan. On clear days, it offers great views of Mt.Kumotori in the north and Mt.Fuji in the south. The ridge leading to the summit called Daibosatsu Pass (大菩薩峠) is said to be used…

View from Mt.Kentoku

Mt.Kentoku (乾徳山)

Mt.Kentoku (乾徳山) is a 2031MASL rocky summit found in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. It boasts of 360-degree views of the surrounding Okutama-Chichibu mountains, a lush forest for campers, and boulders suitable for rock climbing beginners. To get there, first go to Enzan station by boarding on the Chuo Main Line bound for Matsumoto. From the…

Nabeyaki Udon

Mt.Nabewari (鍋割山) and the Nabeyaki Udon

Mt.Nabewari (鍋割山), found in Kanagawa prefecture alongside Mt.Tanzawa and Mt.Oyama, boasts of the Nabeyaki Udon that can only be experienced at the mountain hut found in its summit at 1273 MASL. If you are both a mountain and food lover (like me!), then this should definitely be on your to-hike list. From Okura bus stop…

Sunrise at Mt.Hiru

Mt.Tanzawa (丹沢山) Traverse

The Tanzawa mountain range, home to the highest peaks in Kanagawa prefecture, is a must-hike for adventure seekers who live in Kanto. We did the traverse last January 10-11 on a warm and sunny winter day. The trail starts at Okura bus stop where you will be introduced to a lush green forest even in…

Sunrise at Mt.Kumotori

Mt.Kumotori (雲取山) via Kamosawa to Mitsumine

Clocking at 2017 MASL, Mt.Kumotori (雲取山) towers over Tokyo and the surrounding Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park (秩父多摩甲斐国立公園) mountains. One thing good about hiking these mountains is the relative ease of access from Tokyo. Day 1 On a cool November weekend, we started off our day with a warm cup of coffee at the local conbini as…