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Hello,

"Marc is organizing this soon"

I'm afraid I am too busy getting ready to move back (going back to France in 10 days!) to put this together for this week-end or the next.
Also the temperature on Kumotori this Saturday-Sunday is forecasted to hit -6C at night, that might be a tad cold for some...?

Happy to help with practical info if someone is interested. Might even decide to join in the end, but can't promise anything.
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This is advice for people who want to get together and organize a trip - I cannot do it for you. These ideas have been regular events in previous years and were popular.
You can find details by searching the website for keywords. Log in and go to the outdoor events section and social events section (Okutama xmas camp).


Chiba Hikes and Campsites

In December and even January you can see autumn colours in Chiba... also 2018 plum blossom opening early (near red maple). There are great hikes (easy ones) with easy bus access from Tokyo taking a short cut across Tokyo bay.
Lots of ideas in the event section if you look back at the beginning of 2016 and end of 2015.

On this page:
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?board=39.60

Takagoyama is a good hike - a few route options.

http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3409.0

http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3392.0

Chiba campsite open at new year ... warm lodges available.
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3406.0

Autumn in Chiba late Nov/early Dec - Yorokeikoku

Can make so many route variations for this.http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3377.0

Nokogiriyama
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3489.0


Also some amazing river walks...
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3423.0

キンダン川 near Kamogawa looks interesting - easy too I think. Many of these river walks can be done in winter - water level is very low (most places a few centimeters). Should always wear a helmet!

Very good hike.... 高宕川.
Best to walk in and back down same way.

切割 館山  beginner walk near Tateyama.


三間川 - 奥米渓谷 very beautiful and easy walk along river. Search google photos for these kanji.





2. Mizugaki San and Kinpu San in Yamanashi.
A member might be posing soon. There is a lodge, campsite, and wild camp spot. It is quite an easy hike but a few steep spots to the summit of Mizugaki. Beautiful area.


3.  Highly Recommended!
Near Mizugaki is a beautiful gorge (tourist area) called Shosenkyo 昇仙峡. Unusual rocks and wild area. We have been many times in autumn and at Christmas to a government campsite (Mount Pia マウントピア黒平  - in OCJ links section ) near there in Kurobera 黒平. It is cheap for lodges and the manager is very nice (2,000-2,500yen/person for heated lodge, bath, kitchen, and everything included). Some people can camp if a lodge is rented. Great for BBQ camp. There is a miso making festival at the beginning of December.
It is remote.... but the campsite manager can pick you up at the last bus stop in Shousenkyo.  Hikes from there up  Kuro-fuji mountain and back to the bus stop. Also road hike possible. Also hike from the ropeway to special rocks in Shousenkyo.

http://kurobera.blog0.jp/

http://kurobera.blog0.jp/facility


4.  Campsite by Okutama Lake (with raccoons/tanuki)
This is a government campsite so very cheap and everything provided. Camp costs 200yen. Rental tent shared about 700 yen/person. Sleeping bags  (200yen/ but 2 best in winter) and mats provided.
They have very beautiful red maple there but unfortunately the reservation calendar looks full until the end of November. It has become very popular the last few years.
I suggest a BBQ camp at the end of November or beginning of December - tanuki walk around camp spot at night looking for food. They have a bus pick service if several people.

http://www.yamafuru.com/

http://www.yamafuru.com/facility/camp/calendar/


5. Highly Recommended! Hotaruyama Campsite in Shimonita-machi, Gunma

There is a government campsite here and close to the station. Great view as it looks over the village to Myougi San.
You need your own camping equipment. Great for BBQ camp.
Near there are many rocky mountains - some easy hikes  at Monogatari yama and Myougi Shrine. Many routes down the valley in Nanmoku (see hiking map for nishi-jyoshu yama)
Great onsen just at the back of the campsite.

There are many challenging hikes in this area. Autumn colours are usually very good. Also caves.

下仁田 ほたる山公園 キャンプ

http://www.town.shimonita.lg.jp/geopark/m03/m03/m01/02.html



You can easily find details of these events by searching OCJ.
Please post an event with other people.
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Since nobody seems interested, let's cancel.
Just in case some were thinking dropping by at the last minute: I wont be there!

Probably saturday evening was not a very good choice... Next time!
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Hello everyone,

The weather does not look too great in the mountains for the next week-end, might be the time for some city fun?

The bouldering gym I usually go to (closest to my home  :P)
http://twall.jp/gym/edo/
http://tinyurl.com/twallmap
has lines for all levels (including complete beginner) and also possibility to do roped routes if you prefer.

Closest subway station is Edogawabashi (http://tinyurl.com/edomap)

After that we will have a good excuse to go get food and drinks somewhere!
(I know a very tiny Izakaya I've been to with a friend near the gym, and a cheap Yakiniku place with all-you-can-eat-and-drink in the same area, but that's about it. I am sure there are many options around since it is a very lively neighbourhood - suggestions and help from a Japanese speaker would be nice here! Especially if we have to book)

Place & time: meet either at Edogawabashi station (exit 4) at 17:45 or directly at the gym at 18:00~
Date: this Saturday (14th)

Gym closes at 20:00 on Saturdays, so starting at 18:00 we get a discount entry: 1500en
One-time registration fee (valid for any Twall in Tokyo): 500en
Climbing shoes rental: 400en
(also possible to rent harness, rope etc.)

Please reply if interested so we can see if we need a reservation for the dinner/drinks part.
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Re: Anyone for Kamikochi this week-end?
« Last post by marcb on Tue Oct 03, 2017, 04:32 PM »
Hey, that's what I was hoping for! This 3 day itinerary is great, I did it last time bypassing Yari to have more time for Daikiretto not knowing exactly what to expect there (unnecessary, I found out).

Problem is my current plan will make me lag one day behind you guys. Was originally planning on taking Friday off to be at Yari on Saturday, but the weather on Friday/Saturday does not seem to really agree with this plan.
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Re: Anyone for Kamikochi this week-end?
« Last post by Jurga on Tue Oct 03, 2017, 04:21 PM »
Hey :)
What a coincidence - me and my husband Justas are also going to Kamikochi :) We have a 3days plan, including Yarigatake and Daikiretto.
We will arrive on Friday and spend night in the tent somewhere near the last train stop. In the morning - bus to Kamikochi. We will be hiking with a tent (no huts).
Maybe we could meet somewhere or hike for a while together :) Or maybe more people will join :) My contacts: 070-1257-2985, fb Jurgelis Meistrelis
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Anyone for Kamikochi this week-end?
« Last post by marcb on Tue Oct 03, 2017, 03:24 PM »
If the weather forecast stays as it is, I might be going to Kamikochi (Yarigatake, Hotaka-dake) this long week-end, maybe extending over Tuesday.
If instead of chilling out on Niijima you want to see the Alps before winter comes, read on!

(don't want this to be a compettition to Rob's event, by all means go to Niijima, that's gonna be much more fun! Only thought maybe some people are already planning Alps trip and we might as well try to go together)

I have been to Kamikochi before and it offers among the most amazing sceneries I've seen so far in the japanese mountains.
I want to go back to follow the more difficult routes (probably fit 3+/tech 3-4), but there are many options in this area (down to fit 2-3/tech2-3 depending what you bypass).

Would consider having very experienced people with me the whole way, but that'll take some convincing (PM me if you think you see what I am talking about and have been meaning to do the same).

More realistically, also possible to do part of the travel together, if someone is willing to lead the beginning and end of the hike (can be made as low as fit 2/tech 2 I'd say).

Sorry, as you see no proper plan yet, since the plan will depend on who is interested! I will edit and repost accordingly.
This post might very well be totally useless after all, but I thought it was worth letting people know just in case...
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Re: Oct. 7, 8, 9 Camping on Niijima Island 🌴
« Last post by Rob Moreno on Tue Sep 26, 2017, 09:03 AM »
Marc --
 
No problem! The nice thing about this event is you can wait until the last minute to decide if you want to go. No reservations are needed at the campsite. As long as you can get yourself to the island, you can come and leave any day you want.

Rob
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Re: Oct. 7, 8, 9 Camping on Niijima Island 🌴
« Last post by marcb on Mon Sep 25, 2017, 08:15 PM »
Hey Rob!
That looks pretty cool, but at the same time I might have trouble resisting the temptation of doing something more "alpine" :) as this might pretty much be the last occasion (3 day WE etc.) I get...
I'll keep an eye on this thread and let you know.
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Outdoor & Sports Events / Oct. 7, 8, 9 Camping on Niijima Island 🌴
« Last post by Rob Moreno on Mon Sep 25, 2017, 12:03 PM »
I'm planning to go camping on Niijima for the 3-day weekend in October. Niijima is one of the 7 Izu islands. It has a beautiful free campsite and 24 hour outdoor onsen, which is also free. Most everything you need is on the island. No need to bring food, or cooking utensils. You only need a tent, sleeping bag and a swimsuit (required for the onsen).

You can get there by Jet boat or large ferry from Takeshiba port near Hamamatsu station, or take small airplane from Chofu. Check http://www.tokaikisen.co.jp/english/ for tickets. The website shows the large ferry as already full on Friday night departure but there are always cancellations so you are pretty much guaranteed to get a ticket IF you get the pier early, like from 7pm [edit by Andy - many tickets are only sold hours before departure from the counter - they are not sold online]. 
I am actually leaving on Thursday the 5th, so I will meet you at Niijima port.

Reply if interested. I will post more details later.

Things to bring:
Tent, sleeping bag and mattress
Swimsuit (the onsen is mixed bathing so you need to wear one)
Warm clothes (it can get very chilly at night)
Coffee mug, eating utensils (the campground has a kitchen area with pots and pans)


How to get to Takeshiba Pier

From Tokyo station direction on Yamanote line or Keihin Tohoku line, go to the back of the train. Get off at the back and take the exit down the steps. Go out of the ticket gate and turn right. Walk along the main street about 3 blocks and you will see the ferry terminal at the end.
There is a convenience store just before the ferry terminal across the road on the left and a drinks shop.

Access from Hamamatsucho stn

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10月 7, 8, 9日 新島でキャンプします。新島のキャンプ場は無料、温泉も無料。テント持ってない人は旅館で泊まれます。
Things to Bring (持参もの)

必要なもの:
テント、寝袋など
水着(混浴温泉のため)
コーヒーカップ、食器(キャンプ場に鍋やフライパンはあります)
Travel Details, Meeting Time & Place (旅行の詳細)
私は先に行きますので、新島までは自分自身で来てください。
船チケットはこのサイトで予約できます。⬇︎
予約と案内:   http://www.tokaikisen.co.jp/
HPによると6日(金)のチケットは売り切れだけど、当日行けばキャンセル待ちはできます(大型船の場合)。いつも余裕あります。(19時前行かないと厳しいだけど)

フェリー 竹芝から 4820 円 10時間
ジェット 竹芝から 6960円 3時間

予約したら日付を教えてください。新島湾まで迎えに行きますから 
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