Hey there! Bothered by the big city life? Tired of seeing huge buildings? Let’s enjoy the nature around Ōsaka while hiking with other cool people!
I already joined weekly hikes with international people mostly from Couchsurfing one year ago (feel free to read more about it here). Since this concept was working out so well, I co-organized several weekend trips also including camping last summer. Now, living in Japan, I would like to continue and keep this wonderful spirit alive. Here are some general informations:
- I will NOT cancel the event (except typhoon), please check the weather by yourself and decide if you feel comfortable to join or not
- This event is for FREE and always will be (you might have to pay transportation costs, which vary)
- I’m not a guide, so I don’t take any responsibility. I just go my own way and you are very welcome to join me
- What to bring: solid shoes, drinks and snacks according to your need, a picnic blanket could also be useful. Feel free to bring a ball / frisbee, guitar or whatever you like
- You don’t need to sign up for this event. I will create a WhatsApp / LINE group the evening before, so it might be useful to sign up. Anyway, you don’t need to apologize if you decide not to come, you can just leave without any explanation. Also, you can decide very last minute to join, just show up in time
- Feel free to join the group from which station is comfortable for you
- We will make a break somewhere on the trail, the exactly place is not determined before
- I will upload the trail in .klm format which is used by google maps and OpenStreet maps. You can load the file in several apps and use it offline. I personally use maps.me. I highly recommend to download the trail just in case you get lost.
- If you like the concept and be motivated, feel free to organize further events with me. Just talk to me.
- Meeting point is Ōsaka Station North Central Exit, 2nd floor, in front of the big clock
August, 4 th: Hozankyo River Hike
Hey there! Summer is out now! Let’s escape the big cities’s heat and go on an adventurous hike together with other cool people. This time I’m proposing a hike in Kobe’s Rokko mountains. The trail will guide us in and along a refreshing river! This will be the ultimate adventure for all who love climbing and hiking without any fear of getting wet feet! Get your swim short ready and join us on that adventure!
The plan is quite simple: we’ll see each other in front of JR Ōsaka Station (North Central exit, 2 nd Floor, under the big clock) at 9:45 am. Then you’ll take the Hanshin Line towards San-yo-Himeji (Limited Express) at 10:10 am. At Shinkaichi we’ll change to Kobe Railway Nanboku Line towards Sanda (Semi-Express) at 10:56 am. This one will go directly to Karatodai Station (arriving 11:30 am) and we’ll start hiking. Easy, isn’t it!?
If you come from a different station feel free to join us wherever you want on the way! The transportation costs will be 970 ¥ from Ōsaka Station (one way).
We will hike according to trail you can download here*:
The total distance will be around 7 km. We’ll have a break somewhere on the trail. It would be helpful if you’d bring a picnic blanket and something to eat and drink. There is no special equipment needed. We will hike through the river, so please choose light and fast drying clothes. Since the stones in the riverbed could be slippery, it could be useful to wear tight shoes. The shoes will be wet, so think about a second pair of sandals for the train ride. I recommend to keep electronic devices in a clean lunchbox or double wrap them in plastic bags. It’s an easy and cheap way to keep them dry.
You are a beginner? Don’t worry and join our adventure!
You do not have to sign up here to participate, but it might be important to let us know if you want to join us because I will create a WhatsApp and LINE group previous evening and send the link around. Even if you sign up but decide not to come in the end, you can simply leave and you do not have to apologize for that. Of course, you can simply decide in the last moment and turn up in time.
Regardless of the weather, I will NOT cancel the event, so please check it out yourselves and decide whether to come or not yourselves.
*I recommend to load the trail’s .kml file in the app maps.me (free), which will guide you offline.
Click the following link to join the LINE / WhatsApp group:
Hope to see you there!
September, 14/15/16 th: Special Trip – Hiking Kumano Kōdō Kohechi
Hey there! Respect for the aged day is coming soon and brings an extra holiday for us. How to spend a long weekend better than on an adventurous hiking trip with other cool people! I’m proposing hiking a part of Kumano Kōdō, an ancient buddhist pilgrimage trail, which is located in Wakayama prefucture. We will be on the trail for 3 days and enjoy sleeping in the mountains surrounded by amazing nature.
The plan is quite simple: we’ll see each other in front of JR Ōsaka Station (North Central Exit, 2F, under the big clock) on Friday night or early Saturday morning. Then we’ll take the train to Koyasan (itinerary will be announced later). The journey takes around two hours from Ōsaka Station and will cost around 2500¥. At Koyasan we’ll start hiking. Easy, isn’t it?
The trail provides public toilets every few kilometres where we can fill up our water reservoirs and get some refreshment. Even some shelters are provided. Here are some basic Q&A’s about the conditions of this trip:
Where to sleep: We will sleep in our tents on the trail. That means we have to find a suitable place each day. But we will try to pitch the tents at a shelter or close to a public toilet if possible.
Eating and drinking: Japan’s tap water is ready to drink. There are many public toilets on the trail, where we can fill up our water reservoir. Since we are in the mountains, there will be no supplementary for food. But, the trail is very famous, there might be a restaurant for hungry hikers on the trail or a small shop, but we cannot rely on. Means, we have to carry all the food we’ll need. Sounds worse than it actually is. Luckily Japan provides a wide range of convenient dried food, which is both easy to carry and easy to prepare. And also the taste is way better than the instant food of other countries. If you need some advice or tips about what to bring for food, don’t hesitate to ask me.
Equipment: You don’t need fancy hiking equipment to join this trip, but at least you’ll need a tent, mattress, sleeping bag and a backpack where everything fits in. If you don’t have stove and pot, no problem. Just let me know and I’ll bring more fuel, so I can provide you boiling water. It would be useful to bring cutlery (chopsticks, fork, spoon), a lunchbox (multipurpose for example as a plate), water bottle (2L), a mug for coffee/tea/other, toothbrush, towel, sun protection and wet tissues. Please don’t bring more stuff than you can carry on your own.
We will hike the Kohechi trail of Kumano Kōdō, which leads from Koyasan to Kumano Hongo Taisha. We will hike a part of the 72 km long trail. I suggest to hike around 10 km each day, so we could hike the Mizugamine and Osaka-toge pass. But, the daily distance strongly depends on the group, weather and trail’s condition. There will be bus stops after 17 km, 32 km and 42 km, where we can leave the trail.
It won’t be sufficient only reading the informations given on these page. Please prepare for this trip while reading the informations on http://www.tb-kumano.jp/en/kumano-kodo/maps/#kohechi-overview as well. Please download the official trail’s booklet as a pdf and the .gpx/.kml file (to load it on your phone for example with maps.me).
This trip is supposed for meeting new people and spend a nice time within beautiful nature. As long you can carry your own stuff, you’ll be able to join even though you might be a beginner.
I will create a LINE group a few days before the trip, where we can discuss and answer last questions about the trip.
If you have any questions don’t hesitate asking me.
At least one important message: I’m not a guide! I’m not taking any responsibility. I’m just going my own way and you are very welcome to follow me. If you decide to follow me it’s on your own risk. Even though Japan is known to be a safe country and we are hiking a trail with good infrastructure, there are still risks remaining.