Mt.Oyama (大山) via Yabitsu Pass

Mt.Oyama (大山), also known as Mt.Amefuri (雨降山), stands at 1252MASL and is one of the more popular family oriented day-hikes in Kanagawa prefecture. Several routes are available in climbing this peak, and this post describes starting at the Yabitsu-toge or Yabitsu Pass (ヤビツ峠) and exiting at the Oyama Cable Car Station (大山ケーブル駅). The hike from Yabitsu Pass to the…

Mt.Mizugaki (瑞牆山)

Mt.Mizugaki (瑞牆山) is a jagged 2230MASL rocky peak situated in the borders of Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures, belonging to the Okuchichibu Mountains (奥秩父山塊). It is not surprising that this mountain also belongs to the Hyakumeizan (日本百名山) or the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan because of the beautiful rock formations that constitutes its summit. I did this hike…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…