Monday, September 5, 2016

My Article on Mountain Huts at Metropolis Magazine

Me and Sonbutsu Sansou's professional mouser.
Hiking, whether in Hokkaido, Nagano, or here in our Kanagawa backyard, has been one of our great pleasures since moving to Japan. What makes it extra special here are the mountain huts - yamagoya and sansou - where hikers can stay before returning home or exploring further into the mountains. Read my recommendations for a few within reasonably easy reach of Tokyo, and then head out to to find some fun!

2 comments:

londonboo said...

Hi Joan...looks great..would love to do a walking foosy tour of Japan...is there a best time of year to come? Thanks

Joan Lambert Bailey said...

I think Autumn is the best time in general, although each season offers something unique. Summer is hot and humid, but once you get up to the huts it is a million times cooler. Winter tends to see the huts close, but those that remain open are cozy spots for those that brave snowy trails. Spring is also quite nice, but the weather can be somewhat unpredictable and still cool, so be prepared for rain, snow, and cold. I hope that's a little helpful...