From RAILWAY JOURNEY THROUGH THE MAIN ISLAND MAY 2015
From WALKS IN THE HEART O F JAPAN JUNE 2015
Japanese macaque monkey.
From ROOF OF JAPAN OCTOBER 2013
Walter Weston (1860-1940) monument in Kamikochi.
Time to relax after dinner at our ryokan near Matsumoto.
Looking towads Gendarme and the Kamikochi Valley.
Four climbers with Tom, guide, on Oku Hotaka (3,190m), the third highest mountain in Japan..
Japan mountain high at 3,090m on Mae Hotaka.
Helicopter delivering supplies to Hotaka mountain hut.
Helicopter bringing in supplies.
Hotaka Sanso mountain hut.
Mt Fuji from Hotaka at dawn.
Fantastically well-run Hotaka Sanso mountain hut.
... and a well-deserved beer!
Curry rice at 10,000'.
The boys climbing Hotaka.
The ridge climb above Karasawa.
Beautiful autumn colour in the North Alps.
Tenguike Pond reflecting Yarigatake.
Group photo overlooking Karasawa.
Looking north to Yari Peak at the northern end of the Hotaka Ridge.
Sessho Hut seen below Yarigatake. Some snow remaining, even in October, on north facing slopes.
The trail leading from Yari south along the Hotaka Ridge.
Yarigatake Sanso Hute with Yari peak in the background.
Yargatake peak at sunrise.
Barbara pressing south on a board walkway protecting the vegetation.
Yarigatake Sanso hut from peak at sunrise.
Walking in the Yarisawa Valley.
A quick bowl of Nagano soba noodles whilst waiting for the train.
Yakushidake Sanso hut.
A sea of cloud, a view often enjoyed from higher altitudes in the North Alps.
On day 2, Bob looking over a sea of cloud to the west from the Roof Japan.
Rain droplets glistening on mountain ash in autumn.
Jaggy rocks in afternoon light on the Roof of Japan
Hiking through autumn colour on the Roof of Japan.
Looking north towards Tsurugi from Roof of Japan trek.
Old roots cling to rocks
One now needing another
For strength and friendship
Looking north towards Tateyama and Tsurugidake.
Backwards view of Tateyama to the north.
Getting into the trekking en route to Goshikigahara.
Pond on Murodo Plateau. Tateyama in background.
Murodo mountain hut.
The oldest mountain hut in Japan and now an interesting museum.
The Murodo Plateau in autumn with steam rising from volacanic vents.
View of a ridge on Tateyama from our room in Murodo.
Tom on the Kurobe dam.
Bob boarding the cable car on the Alpine Route.
Setting off from Goshikigahara Sanso Hut.