Outdoor Adventures in Japan

Japanese summer

So many fun adventures this summer in Japan, and so many wonderful people I shared it with!

This visit to Japan I brought my climbing gear and joined a mixed group of locals and foreigners for a beautiful summer day in the mountains near Hanno Station, in this area:

 

Climbing

There were some really strong Japanese climbers in the group. The routes were pretty short but plenty tough. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. I amused myself by trying to read the Japanese text climbing guidebook.

I spent my summer frequenting Shinjuku Gyoen park and Yoyogi park on the weekends to picnic, slackline, do yoga, paint, and drink.

Shinjuku-goen park

Shinjuku-goen park

Playing around at a free yoga class

Playing around at a free yoga class

My friend Jaimeson and I taught so many Japanese people the joys of slacklining. Its fun seeing Japanese people wrap their head around the pointlessness of walking on a length on nylon for fun.

This random dude in a turtle suit decided to try slacklining

This random dude in a turtle suit decided to try slacklining

The picnics with Rachel and friends were always very relaxed, fun times to get away from the city life.
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We hiked Mt. Fuji in the cold rain, spending the night in a lodge on the mountain. As we were departing I was interviewed by a local TV crew asking why I was going up despite the weather. I told them “to protect the ladies” because my crew I was hiking with happened to be 3 women and myself. The hike was miserably cold and wet, as portrayed in the following:

Unhappy, wet, hikers

Unhappy, wet, hikers

A great way to spend a summer sightseeing in Japan is via road biking, which my close friend Carol was very happy to join in.

Biking in Japan

Biking in Japan

Unfortunately there was also a lot of rain for many of our rides

Biking in the mountains in Japan

Biking in the mountains in Japan

Another hobby I tried for the first time was windsurfing!

Winsurfing beach in Enoshima

Winsurfing beach in Enoshima

Finally, I really enjoyed running about twice a week with the Tokyo House Hash Harriers. Its that crazy running group that does about 5 miles then goes to a restaurant and eats, drinks, and is marry together. It was a fun way to hanging with English speaking Japanese people outside of a professional environment where they weren’t afraid of being crazy.

Friday night hashing group in Tokyo

Friday night hashing group in Tokyo

Overall, it was a really adventurous fun summer, I loved it!

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  • jamal

    That first picture is Mount Saint Helens

    • That’s pretty embarrassing, thanks for letting me know – fixed!