Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

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Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Tue Feb 13, 2024 9:48 pm

The hot river event will soon be past it's hot date as the temperature rises and the snow melts. Nobody stepping up to lead the trip either (I can provide most details).
I am in the UK dealing with a funeral now so I cannot do events. Even end of April looks unlikely dealing with property etc. Would be nice to get there for May but I think my next chance will be autumn - rainy season and summer are pretty bad in Japan.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Will OCJ » Tue Feb 13, 2024 8:33 am

Hi Andy,

Just joined OCJ! I’ve just moved to Tokyo from Bristol in the UK. Love the outdoors and been looking for a camp to do soon, so this hot river expedition sounds amazing. Super keen whenever you begin to plan this some more.



by ThomasIrobe » Fri Feb 09, 2024 1:10 pm

Completely overjoyed to be here! The interest and depth of thought are exceptionally motivating. The quality of information shared is great!

Thank you everyone!

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Tue Jan 30, 2024 2:07 am

If possible I will be there but planning is impossible at the moment. Still in hospital as infections there spread easily. Hopefully she will be home in a week or so which might result in fewer infections.

Will post when I can start planning.

There is a great trip for people interested in a hot river onsen. There is an unofficial place to stay out nearby if people have a sleeping bag for -10C with mat, sheet, proper outdoor winter clothing. Alternative is a taxi share to Kusatsu nearby to find cheap room and try the many free hot springs around town. Snow shoeing is also good there with the cable car to the top.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Steven » Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:43 am

I mean, if things are ok from April this year hope to join some events

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Steven » Sun Jan 28, 2024 11:41 am

Looks good

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Sat Dec 09, 2023 6:15 am

Mum in hospital for the 6th time ( CO2 retention and Pneumonia after that in hospital ) - hopefully to rehab and out before Christmas. Looks very very unlikely I will get to Japan soon as I will be the main carer.
Because of bad Kafunshou I would also be limited to the beginning of February so my next chance looks like April.... a year from my last plan demolished by an Achilles tendon rupture. She should be more mobile and independent by then if things go well.

Andy @ OCJ

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Gordon » Fri Nov 17, 2023 3:58 pm

Hi Andy, Everyone,
I just renewed my account, so i hope to come along to some trips once again.
Hope all is well with Family Andy.
For those that don't know me, hi to you all, try to guess who i am from the old photos :beer:
For those that do know me, nothings changed ;)


Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by oymk2023 » Tue Oct 24, 2023 1:11 pm

Hello, I'm new to this group and would love to join in this weekend, 28/29th Oct, if it is going ahead? Thanks!

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Tue Oct 10, 2023 8:40 pm

Volunteer needed for this weekend (14th) or next weekend (21st) to lead a group to wild hot spring in Okukinu.

Meet people , guide along the route, collect the club event donation and send via PayPal.
This weekend good weather and colours good above the hot spring. Will be cold at night but free hot bath. Sleeping bag needed for 5C with camping gear and food.

I can give route map and details for volunteer leader. One rain damaged spot on the trail that care is needed. Ok for experienced hikers but best with 10m of cheap rope to protect. Otherwise an easy hike with stream crossing in 4 places (sandals best).
It is a great trip.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Mon Oct 02, 2023 5:07 pm

Unfortunately due to my mum's ill health and other house construction maintenance problems I will have to delay my trip to Japan. Some time in November or December still possible if the situation improves.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Jo H » Sat Sep 16, 2023 4:45 pm

I’d like to join navigation sessions please

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Wed Sep 13, 2023 7:24 pm

I hope to be there as planned but departure delays are more likely now as my mum was in hospital 3 times the last month. Actually due for discharge in the next 2-3 days but I am not sure how long recovery will take or to what level she will reach. Chest infection complicated by COPD. She was doing fairly active gardening previously but might not recover the same lung function as before.

Will keep you updated. If not middle of October it could be a couple of weeks later.


Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Jackie » Tue Sep 12, 2023 11:37 am

I'd like to come Oct 13 for the navigation training.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by rudabrambora » Tue Sep 05, 2023 12:31 am

Hi! I'm on board! (in november)
I am new here.
So please let me know if will be happening in November.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by KateF » Fri Aug 18, 2023 2:27 pm

These all sounds great, I'm on board!

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Neighborhoodist » Tue Jul 18, 2023 12:13 am

Hi! I'm moving to Tokyo from California (Oakland), would be excited to participate in some of these fall hikes and other activities. Will try to follow along here.

Re: Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Kris110940 » Thu Jun 29, 2023 6:51 pm

:D sounds really exciting!!

Autumn 2023 Events: October - December

by Andy OCJ » Tue Jun 27, 2023 10:20 pm

I will be planning weekly events from October to December 2023.

Fri 13th October - OCJ Social Night - Bar or rental room in Tokyo
If in a room we can do a navigation learning session to prepare for outdoor ones later.

Oct 14,15th or 21,22nd...

Okukinu Wild hot spring in the forest with peak autumn colours. Camp free by river and make our own hot spring bath. Great spot for star gazing as well.
Some pics:

Friday Night - Riverside Navigation Training 1

Oct 21,22nd or 28,29th...
Nikko, Ashio area or maybe around Tanigawadake

Hike and wild camp with autumn colours.

Pages either side of this one have some trips around the 20th to 25th:


Ashio valley (not autumn though):

Nov 4,5th

Great government campsites in Okutama and Gumna with special red maple and tanuki
. Okutama site has some rental tents etc but space fills up very early so reliable booking needed in October.
There will be more trips in Gunma and Okutama after that.


Mountain Navigation session.

Maybe Izu island hot spring weekend before the camping season there ends. 3 days best.






Late November - December
Chiba natural river tunnels and special hiking. There is a good government campsite there with cheap lodges but 1 day is possible.




Late December
Shiriyake Hot River Onsen
Great place with a bit of snow hopefully. We have a secret sleeping spot (sleeping bag for -10C needed). You can swim in a hot section of river - almost emerald green in places - and free.



Some navigation sessions in Tokyo in a room, by a large open space near river, and finally in the mountains. Also be some sessions for emergency rope use and other mountain walking topics.

More details later. If interested please reply to this post.