Cycling & Hiking: Oshika – Sampukutoge・大鹿 – 三伏峠

I’ve been wanting to combine cycling with hiking for a while now and decided that this weekend was going to be the time to actually try it out.

This is the hike up to Sanpukutoge (三伏峠) on the Nagano/Shizuoka border in the Minami Alps. On a clear day Mt.Fuji is clearly visible so it would be a great place to spend the night under the stars and do some early morning photography. In fact that was what most of the hikers I met seemed to be doing. I went as far as Sampukutoge (2615m) but others were heading on to Shiomidake (塩見岳) another 5kms or so away and a further 400m higher.

It was a hard hike but if you stick to your own pace it is easily walkable in a day. If you go there by car you’ll need to hike 3kms to the trail entrance or wait for the twice daily bus.

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Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

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