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North Sulawesi RevealedBy Rie Miyoshi

To describe Indonesia’s countless islands in one giant swoop is virtually impossible. They are as versatile as they are numerous. Bali often deservedly garners high praise, but many travelers never venture beyond the island paradise or neighbo...

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Yatsugatake CyclingBy Gardner Robinson

Paul Chetwynd’s cycling career has spanned more than two decades, from beginnings at the foot of Mt. Seymour on Vancouver’s North Shore, where freeriding was born, to the base of the Yatsugatake Mountains in southern Nagano, an outdoor p...

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Bali BelowBy Tim Rock, Yoko Higashide and Elaine Kwok

  Bali's exotic aura can be found beyond the legendary beaches and powerfull swell; the island’s mystique extends below into the ocean realm.   I was looking at the coral-encrusted remains of the engine room of a WWII-era Am...

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Explore Art and Nature in Echigo-TsumariBy Rie Miyoshi

At the base of Niigata Prefecture lies the mountainous region of Echigo-Tsumari. The beautiful 760 sq.-kilometer area fully embraces Japan’s four seasons. The landscape here shifts from bright green terraced rice fields in ...

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Dive into the Other Oki IslandsBy Bonnie Wycott

The Oki Islands consist of four large inhabited islands and about 180 smaller uninhabited ones. Dogo Island (or Okinoshima) is the largest, followed by the Dozen Islands that consist of Nishinoshima, Chiburijima and Nakanoshima. Fishing, agriculture...

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Spring White RaftingBy Rie Miyoshi

After a heavy powder season, the snowpacked mountains have fed Japan’s rivers with fast-flowing rapids for some great whitewater rafting action. Whitewater is classified into grades from 1 (nearly flat water) to 6 (so rough i...

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Q&A Sachi AmmaBy Photography by Eddie Gianelloni

Photography by Eddie Gianelloni Over the past few years, Japan’s two-time World Cup Champion Sachi Amma’s focus has slowly moved away from climbing competitions and toward testing the boundaries of his abilities on s...

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Perfectly NorwayBy Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard

By Janick Lemieux and Pierre Bouchard  “You know America was discovered by the Vikings, not Christopher Columbus, right?” says Bjørn. We are sitting by the fire talking to Bjørn. Last night he invited us to...

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Wrecked in the MarianasBy Tim Rock & Elaine Kwok

Story & Photos by Tim Rock & Elaine Kwok In the wreck department, Guam has five large war-era wrecks in its Apra Harbor, and there are at least 60 types of these war remnants in the harbor, ranging from a Harley motorcycle to...

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The Circus Comes to TownBy Rie Miyoshi

By Rie Miyoshi     After years of planning, Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live came to Japan for the first time wowing tens of thousands of action sports enthusiasts in Osaka and Tokyo. Featuring a good number of t...

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JAN’s New Snow Bulletin BoardBy Yuske Hirota

By Yuske Hirota The first place the powder snow season begins each year in Japan is that sacred area called Tateyama. As powder-lovers returned to this pristine area in late autumn, still fresh in everyone’s mind is the major avalanche that o...

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Further into HokurikuBy Gardner Robinson

By Gardner Robinson A sleek new bullet train will soon blaze a trail past Nagano City, through majestic mountains and on to the Japan Sea, whisking travelers from Tokyo to winter resorts and areas of pristine natural beauty in record time. The las...

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Upcycled Treasures in the Heart of the CityBy Rie Miyoshi

By Rie Miyoshi On an unassuming street minutes away from Tokyo’s Sumida River, the Ozeki Lab construction team is hard at work transforming a 50-year-old, broken-down Japanese apartment into a multi-residential “sharehouse.” Inspi...

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Misstep in the MountainsBy Michael Blodgett

By Michael Blodgett Completely soaked from head to toe, I manage to work my way down the snow-covered mountain stream with some optimism. I think to myself, “OK, if I can make it to lower ground, I might be able to get out of here before it g...

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Hakuba Mind ShiftBy Damian Barnwell

By Damian Barnwell If you have already discovered what is so special about backcountry skiing and splitboarding, you may also have realized Hakuba is a great backcountry launching point. However, I see many aspiring backcountry visitors come to Hak...

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Beyond the Brand: 100 years of HaglöfsBy Bill Ross

Beyond the Brand: 100 years of Haglöfs 小さな山小屋から世界へ、ホグロフスの100年     In the year 1914, a lone man in a cabin in the woods - literally, a tiny shack in the Dalarna Backcountry - sewed up a bunch...

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Q&A with Tristan BoxfordBy Gardner Robinson

WATERMAN IN JAPAN   Q&A with Tristan Boxford インタビュー:トリスタン・ボックスフォード     Enjoy Issue #53 of Outdoor Japan Traveler magazine. The Autumn 2014 Issue is packed full of stand-up fun, fro...

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Power Places: 1,368 Steps to Konpira-sanBy Lee Dobson

Power Places: 1,368 Steps to Konpira-san パワースポット「こんぴらさん」の1,368段     Affectionately known as “Konpira-san,” Kagawa’s Kotohira-gu Shrine is believed to be one of Japan’s...