Mountaineering in Japan

by Hiroyuki

In Japan, about 70% of the national land area is classed as mountainous. After the modernization in Japan starting in 1868, some westerners introduced Japan's mountains to the rest of the world and they told the Japanese the concept of Alpinism. However, before that, people in Japan climbed mountains not as Alpinism but as the object of worship. Besides Mt. Fuji, the most sacred mountain, each region has its sacred mountain. In Kanto area, for example, Mt. Tsukuba or Mt. Oyama are refered to as sacred mountains. The photo below was taken at the top of Mt. Oyama(1252m above sea level) in Kanagawa prefecture. During the Edo period(1603-1867), it was very popular that common people in Edo(now Tokyo) joined the party climbing it. It is about 70 km far from Tokyo.Mountaineering in Japan   


15 Apr 2017


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As I am a 60 year old man, born in Tokyo, graduated from a university in Tokyo and worked for a leading paper wholesale company at its headquarters for 35 years, I am an Edokko or a native Tokyoite. I am familiar with various interesting places in Tokyo and the Kanto area such as historic spots, scenic beauty, entertainment, restaurants and so on. Although I basically provide several regular walking tours for visitors from abroad, I am willing to arrange your tour plan in a customized way according to your interest. If I receive your inquiry, I am ready to hear your interest and what you want to experience, and discuss your plan with you in advance.
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