The Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Daisetsuzan National Park – Part 2: The Gear (7 Day Hiking Kit List)

When planning for a mammoth seven-day hike across Daisetsuzan I found myself faced with all kinds of perplexing research, facts and questionable gear recommendations. Having only completed two-day hikes, with a convenient overnight stop at a mountainside hut, I was feeling the pressure to get the planning right. This gear guide is a summary of …

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地獄谷野猿公苑 Jigokudani Monkey Park: Japan’s Famous Snow Monkeys

Up an entirely missable path to the side of a log cabin, we trot in single file. On either side of us snow banks rise up, emanating a dull blue world towards us, and it presses in on our uncovered skin. It's a stark difference from the previously ploughed and sunny road we were walking on, …

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廃虚 Haikyo: Abandoned Bowling Alley

My accidental encounter with an underground Japanese hobby happened when we came to Sagami to spend a day drifting over the lake. We were taking in the burnt shades trees give off at that time of year, when we saw it. The entrance to a building over run with foliage, a squat Doraemon with waves …

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A Comprehensive Guide to Hiking Daisetsuzan National Park’s The Grand Traverse – Part 1

Daisetsuzan, the largest national park in Japan, is located in the centre of its northernmost island, Hokkaido.  Measuring a gargantuan 2,267km² the expansive area hosts every biome imaginable; sprawling forests, marshland, snow drifts, shifting volcanic rock, bamboo forests, the list goes on... The landscape, wild and stunning in its sheer size, gives a hiker plenty …

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