Japan Outdoors

Koburi Pass Hike

Living in Tokyo, it’s easy to get trapped within the sprawling metropolis, but when you have the urge to escape there’s luckily a plethora of options within an hour or two of the capital (75% of the country is uninhabited after all).

Koburi Pass Shrine

One of my favourite hikes is the Koburi Pass (顔振峠) in Saitama, just 90 minutes from central Tokyo by train. It’s a relatively easy three-hour walk with spectacular views and, best of all, very few people.

Suwa Shrine

After ascending through the forest and a beautiful bamboo groove you arrive at Suwa Shrine (諏訪神社). On a clear day, there’s a great view overlooking Saitama and if you’re lucky you might even be able to spot the Skytree.

Suwa Shrine

You can find excellent directions at Tokyo Cheapo, however, I would recommend having Google Maps with you since some of the route isn’t very well marked.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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