Outdoors Japan, Camping, Hiking, etc.|
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Outdoors Japan, Camping, Hiking, etc.
By Cornelia on Wednesday, October 9, 2002 - 12:07 pm:
is a site in English that might be helpful in starting your exploration of Japan's natural wonders.
It also inlcludes water sports, onsen (hot springs) exploration after your muscles are ready to die, Sky sports, rock climbing, etc.
By Hill on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 12:20 am:
I am a member of the International Adventure Club
which organizes events ranging for trips to aquariums to winter alpine mountaineering. If someone wants to go to a cetain place to do a certain activity with like-minded people, they organize trip by use of a members email bulletin board. At the moment only a few kids are accompany thier parents on trips, but more are definitely welcome. There are skill level ratings for trips. Membership is 5000 yen a year-that includes all family members for one payment of 5000 yen. Activites range throughout Japan-mostly the Tokyo area- but there is a trek thorugh Europe this summer! One third of the members are from abroad-the lingua franca is bilingual with the emphasis on English. Meetings are once a month in Shibuya with usually really interesting (homeschool-worthy)slide presentations on traveling and outdoor skills. (treking in Mongolia, what to do to prevent avalanches). Anyway, I love this club. Most of my work associates are homebodies, but I love hiking and short excursions, so the IAC has been great for me. (My home is in the Tanzawa Mountain foothills; I lead a lot of easy hikes in my area.) The people in the club like to try new things and have a lot of energy (as well as good senses of humor), so it's a lot of fun.
By Cornelia on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 12:48 pm:
Here's a really cool thing to do if you like water and slides!
In English and Japanese: http://www.canyons.jp/index_E.html
Located in Gunma prefecture.
By Bethan Hutton on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 6:43 pm:
A word of warning re canyoning/rafting - I have heard that Japanese safety regulations are not very strict for this kind of activity, and I know there has been at least one fatal accident on an organised rafting trip on the stretch of river around Minakami. I personally wouldn't recommend it for children below teenage, and then only if they are strong swimmers.