Shinetsu Mountain Madness - Day 3

The previous day of fastpacking had proven to be an unexpectedly eventful one, but little did we know that the adventure quotient on this...

Shinetsu Mountain Madness - Day 2

Our run up and down Mt. Kurohime on Friday was just a warm-up for the bigger, bolder adventure we had lined up over the next two days....

Shinetsu Mountain Madness - Day 1

Shinetsu (信越) refers to the region of central Japan comprised of Nagano and Niigata prefectures. The term is derived from a combination...

Raicho: Japan's Mountain Bird

The name raicho (雷鳥) literally translates to "thunder bird," and refers to members of the population of Japanese Rock Ptarmigan that...

Mt. Shirouma & the 'Daisekkei'

Amongst the numerous climbing routes in the Hakuba Valley, one in particular has achieved almost legendary status - the 'Daisekkei.'

Spring Snow / Edible Plant Hike

Spring is an amazing time to explore the mountains in Japan, with fresh greenery, lingering snowfields, good weather and far less crowds.

Otari Green Season PR Video

Hike and Bike Japan's base of operation, the small rural village of Otari, is a culturally-rich and naturally-blessed area that we take...

Attempt on Mt. Yakushi (Pt. 2)

U.L. SLEEPING SETUP I dozed off shortly after dinner, sometime past 8 p.m. In general I'm a cold sleeper, so I went into the evening...

Attempt on Mt. Yakushi (Part 1)

PLAN A More than a month ago I was contacted by two-time Trans Japan Alps Race (TJAR) finisher Otokozawa-san, who I first became...

Ninja Trail Running Race (Part 1)

Trail running has really taken off in Japan in the last few years, and the number and variety of races on offer across the country, as...

Yake-Dake (Mt. Yake)

We recently came back from a day-hike up to the summit of one of central Japan's most active volcanoes, whose name literally and...

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