by site editor Rick McCharles
Just arrived back to civilization. …
I’m near certain the most popular overnight hiking destination in Japan is Kamikōchi.
People go to walk high ridges and scramble Mount Yari (槍ヶ岳 Yari-ga-take), … one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains. … 3,180 m (10,433 ft).
For two days we had perfect weather. (Trip report and photos coming soon.) I put up my tent on a ridge a couple of hundred metres beneath the “spear” (槍 yari).
The first night was fantastic, one of the best spots I’ve ever camped. Both sunset and sunrise.
… but the second night a raucous storm blew in at 10pm. Now I know why none of the Japanese selected such an exposed position.
I listened to an audio book all night, frantic to pack up my soaked belongings at first light, escaping directly to the Tokyo bus.
As a result I missed the infamous “Daikiretto” (die-key-ret-toe – all I see is ‘DIE’).
It will be too late in the season for me this Autumn, but one day I’d love to do the 65km Tate-Yama to Kamikochi traverse of the “Northern Alps”.
It’s somewhat similar to the GR20 in Corsica.