I’ve often day dreamed about long walks in Japan. Kyushu to Hokkaido, the 88 Temples of Shikoku, etc etc. But, I’ve also hoped they would solve my spiritual issues, give me the ‘crazy’ experience that all good youth need, etc etc. So they never got done.
I started hiking in Japan because Tokyo drove me crazy. I hurt my knees hiking. I discovered lightweight/ultralight hiking. And then I found the perfect journey to a) test out some new skills b) see some amazing peaks in Japan c) see how well I do tackling a long solo hike.
So in August 2010 I will be hiking from the coast of the Sea of Japan to the Pacific coast (Toyama to Shikoku), traversing most of the north and south alps, and climbing all the 3000m plus peaks in Japan.
I want to provide a log for others who might try this and other long hikes, while also giving me a space to keep myself honest, on target and motivated for the trip. So I will write about preparations, gear, hiking in Japan, and my own struggles and successes getting ready and going on this journey. Thanks for reading, commenting, and keeping me honest!