Hiking in Japan
Early Spring: It’s been a wild winter so far, with record snowfalls in the Kanto region and unstable temperatures lately bringing rain to areas that would otherwise see only snow. March is the most common time for avalanches, so use extra caution when approaching the higher peaks this season. The plum blossoms are in full bloom, and the sakura won’t be far behind. Allergy sufferers should keep a vigilant eye on the pollen counts and consider staying indoors when the counts are too high. In addition, air quality can be monitored at the following site. High levels of PM2.5 will only exacerbate your allergies, so wear a mask every time you step outside, even when hitting the trails. I’ve been especially active over the last several weeks, knocking off a plethora of snow-capped peaks in the Kansai region. Here’s a new hike for those based in Nagoya. Happy trails!
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