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Members (OCJ is the biggest international outdoor club in Japan)
About 250 members per year. 40% foreign and 60% Japanese. Most people in their 20's to 50's but people of all ages are welcome.
People try to use both English and Japanese during meetings and events.
Monthly Meeting/Social Night
Casual social night or meeting held near the Yamanote line in Tokyo for members, guests and visitors. Usually in a bar or restaurant. Sometimes a room for special events like an outdoor presentation, slideshow, movie, salsa etc.
Club Night, Guest Social Events
Event information is in the message board (log in needed) and sent to all members by email automatically when 'Announce Topic' is used by the organizer. Latest Outdoor & Sports Events [最新のイベント]
Discussion, For Sale (if no date fixed)
Previous Events [過去のアウトドア・イベント]
Events (over 200 per year)
There are events almost every weekend and often a choice. Events for all levels but many easy hiking events that require no fitness.
Usually events are one or two days at weekends but sometimes during weekdays. There are longer camping, trekking and ski/snowboard events - some abroad. The number of people on an event varies a lot depending on the grade of the event - from 3 to 50 on BBQ camp events. The average is about 5 to 10 people for most hiking events.
Events are usually posted one week before the event date but can sometimes be a few days before or one month for large events.
75% of events are very easy and there are lots of fun events just to relax. Some are for experienced people and require a high level of fitness or technical ability (climbing for example).
We hope to introduce new people to outdoor activities in an international atmosphere; improve their fitness while gaining experience and having a great time!
Events are organized by members. OCJ is a volunteer group - not a company or tour operator.
Members provide events for others and we hope new people will try and organize an event one day. Many experienced members want to pass on their experience and skills to others.
At large events like BBQ camps and Christmas parties, members are expected to help out by cooking, cleaning or other small jobs.
Event Grade, Safety and Insurance
Members are responsible for their own safety - not the club or organizers. Each member should read the event details careful and judge for themselves if it is safe for them. It is highly recommended that all members get their own outdoor/mountain insurance in case of accident. The club does not have any kind of insurance.
All events are graded. You can find more details on:
Event Grade, Safety & Insurance
OCJ is a non-profit club - the membership fee is used for managing the website, promoting the club and outdoor equipment.
There is a small additional organizer fee/allowance to attend each outdoor event - from 500en/day - see the 'Join Club' section for more details.
Any commercial costs such as accommodation or for example, paragliding school costs, have to be paid by members at cost price.
Car sharing sometimes allows the driver to go free - see the club rules page for details:
Joining the Club
Pay the membership fee and complete the application form and website registration in the 'Join Club' section (top menu).
This is used to share event photos and videos (in downloads) with other members - usually large size. Members can download.
The club was 'officially' started in April 2007 by Andrew Duggan who has been hiking in Japan for 20 years and was the main organizer in another club for 9 years - also the president for 1 year.
Outdoor Club Japan (OCJ) has all the good ideas that members wanted in the old club that were blocked by some committee members. It is a more open club with less politics or cliquey groups. OCJ is a 'real' outdoor club but also has a strong social side - It's nice to have both!
I'm sure anyone who is willing to try something new will find that OCJ is a great club.
Club Reviews - What members say about the club
Review of OCJ members in a web magazine 'Fitness Japan'.
OCJ member's opinion
A survey of club members gave a lot of information that will help improve the club ... Here are a few of the topics discussed:
Why did you choose OCJ as your preferred outdoor club?
Seems to be relax and serious in the same time and many activities are proposed
I knew some members, seems more open, less political than some other clubs
Info about the club available online
Improvement on others
Because the places you went were very fascinative and I was interested in other cultures.
I joined solely for one reason: To do the Tateyama-Tsurugidake trip. It was my intention to return to solo hiking after that, but enjoyed the club enough to continue with it.
Most info on internet
It sounds friendly, and like a good chance to meet many kinds of people and get out in the wild more.
I got to travel to new places
Its policy (not for profit, no politics), and friendly people like yourself!
Easy to organise own trip
Went to a movie meeting & seemed like a casual atmosphere, friendly people & not about making money
Because people seem really relax, nice and coooool
Looks well organised and Tokyo based
More activities than "CIA" club
Seemed like the trips listed on the I-net were interesting
More interesting activities compared to other clubs
Simplicity of creating and advertising events. Making my own events
Good pub nights
Member in the pictures on web-site seemed really to be having fun.
Outdoor plus international communication
What were your first impressions of the club?
Relax and Serious
Quite relaxed and casual, most members seemed friendly with each other
Awesome, because I knew Andy was running it.
Good, people active and want to do things.
I went to a Christmas party first and I could make a new friend. So I was very fun.
For adventurous people
Less politics, more activity than "CIA..." club
Great so far. Only attended one event (Kintokiyama hike). Well-organized and met good people.
Hard to say given only been on one last minute trip.
Haven't done anything yet. However, the email lists are quite active.
Members are energetic and adventurous
Lots of fun nice people who like to drink and go to izakayas
"Friendly, accessible, reaching out to new-comers and open to beginners ("CIA..." club was opposite)"
Casual, nice, friendly people of all ages
Fun and nice people who knows good places (cf onsen in zao:)
Will find out tomorrow..
Lots of events, nice web site.
Lots of things going on. Tokyo-centered of course. Some trips get planned well in advance, but the majority seem to come together at the last second.
Modest and well-organized
Good, experienced, helpful and friendly people.
Glad to find people that wanted to experience Outdoors
Hiking was harder than expected but I enjoyed very much.
Fun people looking for like-minded souls
Friendly and open to a new member
Was good in general, but could be much better if the meeting was organized a little bit more.
Well organized, lots of trips - a good first impression.