Hiking Japanese mountains in the winter
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Hiking Japanese mountains in the winter

by Stan Garus
(Bloomington, Indiana)

Gary,
I have never been to Japan, I would like to come over this year (2018.) I am experience hiker and mountain climber. Would like to hike, not climb. I am fascinated by the view of Japanese mountains in the snow. Would I have enough mountains to hike in a month in December ? It wouldn't be boring ?
If I come in the end of the year I can have 5 weeks vacation.

I also would like to spent few night in the Ryokan, maybe with the hot water springs. So if I can combine both hiking and staying in small towns, villages in a Ryokan that would be perfect. And ideally if I can combine visiting mountains with sea small towns that would be even better.
I tried to find a book in English to help to find all this great places. I notice your book "The View from the top of Japan", maybe this will be a good start.

stangarus@yahoo.com

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I prefer my electric blanket! :-)
by: Gary Wolff

Stan, I am afraid you’ve asked the wrong person about winter mountain climbing. Personally, I hate that white stuff, so I’ve never climbed in winter.

What I would suggest is, if you use Facebook, to join the "Hiking in Japan" group (facebook.com/groups/9872778764) and pose your question there.

In the past couple months, I’ve seen some rather amazing accounts and pics of winter climbing trips made by a number of the members there.

And because this winter has been the coldest in decades with record snowfalls nationwide, there seem to be an above average number of stories there about climbing in waist deep snow in complete whiteout conditions. Uh, no thanks. :-)

Best wishes to you and thanks for visiting my site…

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