Mountain Climbing in Japan
Japan is a land steeped in beauty, history and culture. For the outdoor enthusiast, it’s all here. Approximately 73% of the islands landmass in uninhabitable due to the many mountain ranges that stretch in all directions and as far as the eye can see. So, if you are into the gut-busting outdoor life of mountain climbing, take your pick. Many climbers, who place Japan on their list, tend to (attempt) complete the “100 Famous Japanese Mountains”, or Hyakumeizan as they are known locally. Spread throughout the archipelago are many Pilgrimages, the Shikoku Pilgrimage being the most famous of them, dating back many centuries.
Hiking the Tokaido Road in Japan
Before the invention of modern transport, which lead to the many motorways and highways that span this nation, anyone who wanted to migrate between regions, did so via old rock and mud roads. The most famous being the Tokaido (road) which, in many places, has been faithfully restored and maintained. Then, if you are like me, get on the internet, log-into “Google Maps” and find somewhere to go and create your own itinerary. Most of my outings are such trips. You never know what is just around the corner; this video is just one such experience I had.
Japanese Paths – Car-free and Carefree in Japan
Over the years Japan has payed a lot of attention to it’s infrastructure, particularly in the area of roads and public transport. There not many places that are not serviced by a rail line or bus service. Even the most isolated of places is sure to have a bus service, albeit one-or-two buses per day. So, getting-around is no problem. I am honored to have been asked by Kevin to contribute to his site, “Trailsnet”, on hiking in Japan. Most of my posts will be of paths and hikes I have done in the Kansai Region, which incorporates such famous areas as Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.
Great Outdoors in Japan
in Japan. What I do have is respect and appreciation for what we have here. And that is what my posts are about. If you are planning on visiting the Kansai area, touch base with me and, if possible, I will take the time to help you experience the great outdoors of Japan.