My wife and daughter walking along Ashihama beach.

Hiking to Ashihama

Ashihama (芦浜) remains wild and isolated. You can hear the deer, see the eagles soaring, and see telltale signs of wild boar everywhere. If Chubu Electric Power had had their way then it would have become the site of a nuclear power plant. But they didn’t. The Fukushima meltdown changed all that. Today it remains a beautiful hidden cove just over a one hour hike from Nishiki Port (錦港) in Mie prefecture.

  • Boats in Nishiki Port. Mountains in the background.
  • At the entrance to the trail to Ashihama beach - Nishiki Port
  • Forest trail to Ashihama
  • Looking out to the ocean on the hiking trail to Ashihama beach.
  • Ashihama Beach - Looking out to the ocean.
  • My daughter and wife playing next to Lake Ashihama.
  • My wife and daughter walking along Ashihama beach.

This hike will be one that I remember. The last time I came here I was a different person – a cyclist dabbling in hiking and dreaming of becoming a travel photographer. No daughter or signs of children anywhere on the horizon.

I’ve wanted to take my wife to Ashihama for a long time but being able to take my wife and daughter is a blessing. When she’s older we’ll camp for the night just like I did on my first visit back in 2013.

I was introduced to Ashihama by a good friend that regularly hikes with his son and daughter – they did this hike on foot when they were three years old – and their way of life has become a blueprint for how we want to raise our daughter. Out in nature and the natural world, with the freedom to explore, learn, and the occasional risk.

Ashihama is a wonderful place for her to do just that.

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Based in Japan since 2001 I spend free days adventuring into the mountainous regions of central Honshu and occasionally Hokkaido. In 2021, I plan to slow down and talk to more people. Feel free to email me.

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