Our aim is to give everybody a chance to experience the natural beauty of Japan, with walks for beginners as well as experienced hikers.
Below you can find our schedule of activities for the winter season. If you have any more questions about our club or this schedule, please e-mail me, the club secretary and/or have a look at our home page: http://eve.bk.tsukuba.ac.jp/twmc
Nov. 23-24, Fri.-Sat.: Tanzawa (Kanagawa-ken), 2 days (Tadashi)
Rising abruptly from the Kanto Plain, the Tanzawa Mountains are the nearest peaks over 1,000 metres to the sprawling conurbation of Tokyo and Yokohama. With its fine mountain scenery, Tanzawa offers the possibility of year-round walking, and magnificent views of Fuji-san during the colder months. A good place for novice walkers, but some routes offer a challenge even to the more experienced. Difficulty: ***.
Dec. 8, Sat.: Christmas Party; Tsukuba-san walk (Victor); Party (Iulia)
Traditionally, the Christmas party consists of two parts - a walk up and down the 876 m high Tsukuba-san (organized by Victor) and the party itself (this year at Iulia's place). The walk is very easy and suitable for everybody, and will start at Tsukuba-san shrine (known for the god of matchmaking!), and will take about 90 minutes up, and the same down, including breaks. If the weather is clear, and in winter it very often is, there may be spectacular views as far as the skyscrapers of Shinjuku, Fuji-san to the south, and the mountains around Nikko to the north. We will go to an onsen after the walk.
Jan. 19, Sat.: Kaba-san (Ibaraki-ken), 1 day (Terry)
Kaba-san (709 m), located just "behind" Tsukuba-san, is famous for its religious status and is known as a place for monks to practice asceticism. On this trip, you can enjoy a relatively easy walk, seeing several miniature shrines along the ridges.
Feb. 2-3: Cross Country Ski Trip, 2 days (Luc or Victor)
Destination to be decided. There may also be the possibility of snowshoeing and downhill skiing on this trip
Feb. 16-17: Downhill Ski Trip (Inawashiro area, Fukushima-ken), 2 days (Terry)
There are many skiing resorts near the Bandai-san area. We will visit one or two skiing resorts (Inawashiro etc.) which have slopes to suit all so that everybody from beginners to experts can enjoy downhill skiing and/or snow boarding.
Mar. 10, Sun.: Takao-san (Tokyo-to), 1 day (Paul)
This range of low mountains, with peaks below 1,000 meters, offers year-round walking to Tokyo's millions. With its well laid out paths, it is an excellent area to get a first taste of walking in Japan, or for more experienced walkers to keep fit. The walk will coincide with the fire-walking ceremony (Hiwatari Matsuri) at Yakuou Temple, situated near the Summit of Takao-san (600 m). Difficulty: *.
Mar. 23-24: Izu Peninsula (Shizuoka-ken), 2 days (Bjoern)
Izu is the peninsula to the west of Tokyo and roughly south of Fuji-san. It is characterized by a mild winter climate, numerous onsens and a special variety of sakura (cherry) trees. The first day will take us to the highest part of Izu. The plan is to walk the not overly undulating ridge encompassing Mansaburou-dake (1,406m) and Manjirou-dake (1,300m). If the weather plays along there should be very nice views of Fuji-san. The second day will see an easy stroll along the seashore at the southernmost tip of Izu. This area should be the most remote part of the peninsula, with nice views of the shore. We will visit onsens on both days. Difficulty: **
E-mail: bjoern.klotz[at]nies.go.jp, bjoern.klotz[at]mad.scientist.com
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