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Japan Mountain Day (山の日)

A relativly new holiday in Japan is Mountain day! A national holiday set aside for people to head up to the mountains across Japan and enjoy the unique things the small towns and villages have to offer in the highlands of the country.

I personally will be heading to Tanigawa Dake this weekend and plan on sharing some of my adventure on here as well but for now I would like to share some quick tips for those who plan on getting in to some high altitude areas this weekend or anytime for that matter.

Mountain

  1. Be sure to pack proper gear, to many times have I seen people head up a mountain wearing shorts and a t-shirt only to find out its cold at the top of the mountain! Yes even in summer temperatures can dip below the freezing point if you go high enough, including in Japan. Just the last few nights Mt. Fuji lingered right around the 0 degree mark.
  2. Take your time! Even the most fit people can suffer form altitude sickness. Its no fun being on top of a mountain and then getting a raging headache, if you do start to feel it get down to a lower elevation and more oxygen as soon as possible.
  3. Be smart! Dont push yourself in to areas you do not feel comfortable, and  of course have fun! Otherwise whats the point in walking around nature in the first place!
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