All you need to know to climb Mt. Fuji (2020 update)

* Special update for 2020: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all trails to the summit are closed for the entire 2020 climbing season. There are gates, barricades and security cameras at all four trailheads, and all facilities, transport links and mountain huts are closed. Please wait until 2021 to climb Mt. Fuji, or just admire … More All you need to know to climb Mt. Fuji (2020 update)

The Japan Times – Hiking the precipitous spine of central Honshu

I wrote a short feature for The Japan Times on hiking in the North Japan Alps recently; the article covers my three day hike from Kamikochi to Mt. Yari, across the notorious Daikiretto, before finally ascending the third highest mountain in Japan, Mt. Oku-Hotaka. I had a great weather window in late October last year, … More The Japan Times – Hiking the precipitous spine of central Honshu

Discover Miyazaki

Miyazaki Prefecture in eastern Kyushu is one of Japan’s hidden gems, with miles of wonderful coastline, superb mountainous scenery and legends and history at every turn. With good rail connections and even a regular ferry service from Kobe and Osaka, getting there couldn’t be simpler too! Here are some of the best sights: Takachiho This … More Discover Miyazaki

The best ski and hot spring resorts in Japan

Japan is well known for its distinctive seasons, and when winter rolls along, many parts of the country turn into white wonderlands, buried under meters of snow. This has resulted in some of the best ski resorts in Asia, with people travelling from all over the world to sample Japan’s famous powder. While the frigid … More The best ski and hot spring resorts in Japan