Mount Aso (Takadake, Nakadake)

I hiked Japan’s largest active volcano, Mount Aso. There are 5 main peaks. I climbed the highest peak, Takadake (高岳 1,592m) and the most active peak, Nakadake (中岳 1,506m). After the big Kumamoto earthquake the trail was closed. It recently opened up again so I jumped at the chance to climb one of Japan’s 100Continue reading “Mount Aso (Takadake, Nakadake)”

Good morning, Takatoriyama

This morning I went to Takatoriyama to set up my trail camera. I parked my car at Fukuchiyama dam. There are 2 courses from Fukuchiyama dam. The course from Torino shrine is wild and a little dangerous, so since it was still dark, I took the more relaxing Uchigaiso course. This course follows a niceContinue reading “Good morning, Takatoriyama”

ACROS”yama” 60m (Fukuoka)

I was in Tenjin last weekend. While my wife did some window shopping I moseyed over to the ACROS Fukuoka building (アクロス福岡). It’s a large event and conference center located at Tenjin Central park (天神中央公園). It was opened in 1995. ACROS is a acronym for “Asian Cross Road Over the Sea”. It has a “stepContinue reading “ACROS”yama” 60m (Fukuoka)”

Takatoriyama 633m (Fukuoka)

Date: November 23, 2019 Time: 06:46~09:38 (2hrs 52mins) Distance: 6.5km Ascent/descent: 629m/633m Data recorded using the YAMAP app. This was the first time for me climbing Takatoriyama in its own right. Usually it’s part of a greater hike to Fukuchiyama. But I wanted to try the trail that goes straight up Takatoriyama from Uchigaso damContinue reading “Takatoriyama 633m (Fukuoka)”

Inunakiyama and the Old Inunaki Tunnel 583.7m (Fukuoka)

Inunaki in Miyawaka city, Fukuoka prefecture is infamous. There are urban legends and ghost stories surrounding the old Inunaki village and the Inunaki tunnel. I set out to take a look at the old Inunaki tunnel which is supposedly one of Japan’s most haunted spots. I parked my car at Inunaki dam early in theContinue reading “Inunakiyama and the Old Inunaki Tunnel 583.7m (Fukuoka)”

100 Famous Mountains of Kyushu

If you live in Japan and enjoy getting out into the mountains, there’s a good chance you know about the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan list or Nihon Hyakumeizan (日本百名山). Compiled in 1964 by Kyuya Fukada, this list has become a kind of hiking bucket list in Japan. Reaching the summit of all 100 mountainsContinue reading “100 Famous Mountains of Kyushu”