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Where to go on my 9-day non-looping hike?

by Nicolas Duchene
(Tokyo)

Hi Gary,

Great site you've got running here!
I'm doing an internship in Tokyo over the summer, and I am currently planning a hiking trip.
I think that I can get myself about 9 days off (during the vacation week in August).
I am currently checking out the possible runs, and so far I've only found the Daisetzu grand traverse in the sources I've encountered.
Your adventures suggest that there may be a better alternative than the traverse.

I am basically looking for a non-looping hike across a range (or a few).
I want to get the best out of the alpine experience in Nihon!
However, I don't have any climbing equipment (harness, etc...). I do have : a tent, water pack, good boots, clothes etc...
So I'm set for hiking and camping.

Would you have any suggestions for me? I'm sure there are places that are closer to the Tokyo area, but I don't mind taking a plane or the train (I did consider going to Hokkaido :)).

I could even buy a train pass to do a few ranges in different areas.
Anyways, I'm not afraid of spending a little money on this adventure!
Oh and I am in peak condition right now, and have had quite a bit of experience in the mountains (although not nearly as much as you!).

Thanks a million for any tips!
Nicolas

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Jul 05, 2013
Which do you prefer? Kita Alps or Minami Alps?
by: Gary Wolff

Thanks, Nicholas, for your kind words. If you have at least a week off, you might want to consider either of these 6-day courses...the 65-km, Tateyama to Kamikochi course in the Northern Alps or the 78-km Kita-dake to Hijiri-dake course in the Southern Alps, both of which are described in my 2001 copy of Lonely Planet's “Hiking in Japan.”

Personally, I prefer the Southern Alps due to their proximity to Tokyo. As for climbing equipment, I wouldn't worry so much about that. After 22 years of climbing Japanese peaks, I've only used equipment once and that was crampons to hike up the Daisekkei great snow valley en route to the top of Shirouma-dake.

Best wishes with your hike...

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