Arashima & Hakusan

October 19-22, 2018 Map Number 44 I decided to take a late season long ride out to Fukui Prefecture to hike Arashima and Hakusan, which are both about an hour outside of Fukui (city). My usual hiking and riding buddy was in the middle of practicing for an Aikido test, so I was soloing this... Continue Reading →

Scarpa R-Evolution Plus GTX

Purchased from Amazon on October 26, 2018 for $209.96 (on sale now for about $190). The difference between these and the non-plus version is that these have a full leather upper, and the others are suede/textile. I probably would have gotten the suede model, but the plus's were actually a little cheaper at that time... Continue Reading →

Mt. Tekari/Mt. Hijiri

Hiked August 17-19, 2018 Map Number 42 (Minami Alps, Southern Section) Duration:  2-3 days I hiked this with my friend, Joe. You could access Tekari and Hijiri from Hatanagi Dam Area (see Arakawa/Akaishi), but I opted to hike from a trailhead on the Iida, Japan side. The map is actually outdated because it shows a... Continue Reading →

Mt. Warusawa/Mt. Akaishi

Hiked August 2-4, 2018 Map number 42, Minami Alps, Southern Section Duration: 2-3 days There's no easy way around it. To do Warusawa (also known as Arakawa) and Akaishi, you have to take a Tokai Forest Corporation Shuttle Bus to the trailhead. Technically, you could avoid this, but you would have hike several days out... Continue Reading →

Mt. Houou

Hiked on July 8, 2018 Map Number 41, Minami Alps, northern section Hike Duration: 13 hours (map time), 8 hours (actual) Mt. Houou is actually more of a ridgeline, with 3 main peaks - Jizo (2764m), Kannon (2840), and Yakushi (2780m). Mt. Houou an "outlyer" meaning that it is difficult to bundle with other peaks,... Continue Reading →

Mt. Myoko

Map number 18, hiked August 5, 2017 Description number 33 Mt. Myoko is about a 4 hour drive from my house. My plan was leave home early, hike Myoko, and then head over to Mt. Hiuchi, sleep in my car overnight, hike Mt. Takatsuma in the morning, then head home. It didn't quite work out... Continue Reading →

Mt. Asama

Map number 19, hiked July 15, 2017 Description number 43 Mt. Asama is a highly active volcanic peak that is "enter at your own risk" for hikers. But you can still hike around the crater, and the scenery is quite peaceful. I rode my Harley to this hike. It was about a 3 hour ride... Continue Reading →

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