Writer: Isaac Tait

Isaac has been a writer since he was old enough to spell. He hails from the United States but moved to Japan last year. His favorite pastimes are Tenkara fly-fishing, rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing (both on and off piste).

Rock Climbing at Jogasaki on the Izu Peninsula

Izu Peninsula is a relatively small landmass that juts out into the Pacific. It is a spectacularly beautiful and incredibly rugged landscape. Due to its tumultuous formation the area is rife with hot springs and a lot of rock formations. The coastline is covered in rock outcroppings, some are hundreds of meters tall, while others are much shorter. Some of the best rock in Izu Peninsula though can be found at Jogasaki, and because of this rock climbers flock from around the country to climb here.

Mount Ogusu Day Hiking

There are many mountains to hike on Miura Peninsula, from Futagoyama all the way down to Mount Fuji . However, Mount Ogusu is one of my favorites. Mount Ogusu is the highest point on Miura Peninsula and is set in a naturally beautiful location.

A Trip to Joga Island

Visiting Joga Island, which is located at the southern-most tip of Miura Peninsula, is an experience you will not soon forget. The island is a medley of the new, old, man-made, and natural - all compressed into one small, yet character-filled, island.

Tsumago & Magome Post Towns in Nagano

The Nakasendo passed through 69 stations or post towns. These towns were a place for the weary travelers to refresh themselves and spend the night before pressing on with their journey. Fortunately the Central Mountain Route has been preserved and it is still possible to follow in the footsteps of travelers from a bygone era.

Futagoyama Hiking

Within the city limits of Zushi, located mid-way down the Miura Peninsula, is an undeveloped nature preserve with a large network of trails and dirt roads. The area is called Futagoyama Mountains Nature Preserve.

Kannonzaki Park in Kanagawa

While the urban sprawl of Tokyo is spectacular, sometimes you need a break from the chaos, crowds, and noise. While there are vestiges of nature to be found within Tokyo, for a true wilderness experience you will need to get out of the city.

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