Back in June 2010, we got the idea of setting up an Urban Exploration style meetup in the spirit of 'Haikyo', where we'd hike through nature into desolate/abandoned man made structures around Japan, such as the decaying remnants of the 'bubble era' from three decades prior.
Sadly, after a short series of trips, the reality of the safety and legal aspects set in. Passing into dangerous territory (sometimes off limits), is risky for oneself. Leading a group of inexperienced adventurers into these situations is something else completely.
In any case we remain nature lovers; and Japan, with its diverse seasons, literally hundreds of different mountains across the islands, and well signed and facilitated trails, is one of the best places in the world for hiking (Where else in the world can you finish off almost every hike with a dip in a nice onsen?)
This group is now about like minded individuals who enjoy traveling into the Japanese country for the purpose of getting/staying fit and enjoying nature. Much as those looking for a social gathering will find it here, do keep in mind that the focus will be on getting some good exercise on a regular basis.
Along with the assistance of others, I hope to be able to expand the group to include milestones and goals such as summiting Fuji-san, completing parts of the 534km Nakasendo (Old feudal era road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto), and checking off climbs on the Hyakumeizan (100 famous mountains in Japan).
Anyone who wants to organise a hike is welcome to do so. If you're registered as a member, you can suggest a hike. However, a co-organiser will need to confirm the event before it can be scheduled. If you can be active, and would like to co-organise with me on this group, please let me know and I can assign the role to you.
If you're suggesting or organising a hike, please give some suggestion as to the difficulty (Height elevation, terrain/trail quality, distance) and include a schedule and cost layout so attendees know what to expect. All of the information should be in English at the very least and if you have the ability, perhaps Japanese as well.
Some basic suggestions that apply to hikes:
Wear good comfortable shoes with profiles (a pattern on the soles to prevent slippage)
Wear suitable and comfortable clothing
Carry a proper backpack (leaves your hands free in case)
Rain gear (A disposable poncho is about 100-200 yen)
Pack valuables in plastic bags within your pack (mobile phone, camera, etc)
Bring a torch/headlamp
A towel/change of clothes (esp if we hit the onsen)
Warm clothing during cold weather hikes/a climb (i.e Fuji)
A light pair of gloves (For ropes, trees, mud)
Trekking Poles if you have them, esp on high elevation hikes
Snacks (carbohydrates) and drinks; 0.5 litre for each hour hike in summer.
When hiking, it is us who intrude upon nature. We take all rubbish with us - Carry in, carry out.
"Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures".
Rules regarding conduct during hikes and on the meetup site:
All participants will respect each other's background, religion, race, complexion, etc and will try their utmost not to offend anyone with their behaviour.
Apart from organisers, please do not post any phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the comment sections. Organisers - I leave it to you if you only wish to pass your contact details to attendees, or post them on the website.
This meetup is in no way a commercial agenda. There will be no fees to join an event. Entrance fees to enter venues should be specified in the write-up of the event and are to be paid individually by attendees. Expenses for events that come with a price tag like accommodation, bus travel, etc. will be shared by the participants for that particular event, and should be explained beforehand.
If an event host asks questions during the confirmation process, please answer them completely for the sake of easier organisation.
One you RSVP "Yes", you make a commitment. You are expected to show up for the event and to show up on time. Repeat no show offenders will be removed from the meetup. As we are at the mercy of bus/train schedules and limited hours of sunlight, there will be no waiting for people that are late. If you change your mind about attending, or are unable to participate, you are expected to change your RSVP status before the event, otherwise this is counted as a no show on your profile.
You attend the hikes at your own risk. The event host will try their best to assist and guide, but is in no way responsible, liable or accountable for any damage, personal injuries, etc. By clicking RSVP “Yes” for an event and/or signing the attendance list and/or making a payment, it is deemed that you have read, agreed and accepted the terms and conditions of the following disclaimer:
Disclaimer Terms of Participation as Follows:
Tokyo Hike-Yo Meetup is an amateur adventure platform for all hikers. By joining the activities, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agree to exonerate the organisers, the activities' hosts, and any other participants in the trips from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof.
1. If the participant is absent at the specified meeting point on the agreed date and time, the organisers (hereafter taken to include co-organisers, assistants and hosts) shall not be required to wait for the participant.
2. The participant acknowledges that this is an adventure trip and that the itinerary serves as a guide only and flexibility may be required. The organisers shall not be held responsible for any changes/cancellations/delays caused by transport, accidents, weather conditions or natural calamities, etc.
3. In case payment is required, once a payment is made, there shall be no refund of any monies whatsoever. However, replacement is possible, but will be entirely the responsibility of the participant and not the organisers. Further, any replacement shall be at the sole discretion and the availability of the organisers.
4. The participant is advised to have comprehensive travel insurance against medical exigencies, personal accidents, natural calamities, etc. with the appropriate coverage of activities and geographical area.
5. The participant understands that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness and the forces of nature. The participant understands and agrees to assume all risks associated with the trip and undertakes to indemnify the organisers and hosts against all claims arising from his/her participation.
6. As this is an adventure event, organisers have the right to disallow your participation if you're deemed unsuitable for the event/trip or for any other reason whatsoever. When you have confirmed your participation and/or made a payment, it is deemed that you have read, agreed and accepted the above terms and conditions.