Torikabuto – A Story of a Remote River Valley in Nagano Prefecture

Ever since the release of the video Fishing Café “Tenkara with Hisao Ishigaki” this April, it has become quite popular within the Tenkara community. I enjoyed the video immensely and after watching it, I wanted to experience the world of shokuriyoshi firsthand. So after a bit of sleuthing I found the minshuku (民宿) … Read More

Spring Rock Climbing In Ogawayama

I visited Ogawayama in the fall last year. The place is absolutely massive with a lifetime of rock climbing littered throughout the alpine valley. The rock here tends to be big with numerous tall formations that afford many fun multi-pitch rock climbs. The first day we did a monster route that is … Read More

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is one of the larger ski resorts in Japan, but it hasn’t succumbed to modernization like Naeba (another big snow resort destination in Japan). The village of Nozawa Onsen dates back to the 8th century and is famous for its natural onsens aka hot springs, it was also the location for … Read More

Ogawayama – A Rock Climber’s Paradise

Deep in the mountains on the Nagano-Yamaniashi prefectural borders lies a paradise that must be seen to be believed. The mountains are tall and covered in as many rock faces as trees. In the autumn the mountains break forth in the most glorious display of fall colors. The mountain is cleaved … Read More