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        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.

        Solace and Giant Salamanders in Akiota

        Just beyond Hiroshima City is a tranquil outdoor destination home to some of Japan's last remaining oosanshouo, the elusive giant salamander.
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        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.

        Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
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      • Pow Bar Founder Megumi Scott

        Beyond the Brand: Pow Bar

        An interview with Megumi Scott, the founder of Niseko brand Pow Bar.
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        Churamura: Footprints in the Sand

        Churamura, an NPO in Okinawa, work to conserve marine life and protect endangered sea turtles in Japan's southernmost prefecture.
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        Fall in Love with Kawazu

        Enjoy waterfall hikes and hot springs, beautiful beaches and delicious seafood in Kawazu on the western coast of Izu Peninsula.
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      • Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
        Indy Pass Outdoor Japan Tohoku

        The Resistance

        The Indy Pass arrives in Japan to bring avid riders to local resorts that punch above their weight class and offer varied terrain.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Evergreen Outdoor Center Japan

        Japan Snow Guide: Winter 2022 Events & No...

        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!
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      • video

        Finding the Flow from Kansai to Kochi

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.
        Kyoto Oni Trail Outdoor Japanvideo

        The Oni Trail: Hiking Coastal Kyoto

        The mystical oni is prevalent in Japanese children’s stories, usually as a way to scare kids straight. Adventure Travel Kyoto is shedding a new light on this folklore and developing a new hiking route in the countryside of Kyoto.
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        Finding the Flow from Kan...

        Shikoku’s many mountains, valleys and proximity to the ocean has made it a hidden gem for rafting, kayaking and canyoning enthusiasts willing to take a step or two further from the Golden Route of Kyoto and Osaka.
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    • Sky
    • Snow and Ice
      • Spring Skiing in Japan 2022

        It may be spring in Japan but you can still ski in select ski resorts open all the way to Golden Week.
        Indy Pass Outdoor Japan Tohoku

        The Resistance

        The Indy Pass arrives in Japan to bring avid riders to local resorts that punch above their weight class and offer varied terrain.
        Shinano Town Outdoor Japan

        Go Deep into Shinano

        Discover Snow Country in Shinano Town in northern Nagano, popular for its deep powder but also its mountainous winter scenery.
        Evergreen Outdoor Center Japan

        Japan Snow Guide: Winter 2022 Events & No...

        Check out the latest news and winter events held at ski resorts all over Japan in 2022!
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The X Factor

Finally, the blue skies of early winter have arrived, bringing cooler temperatures, colorful leaves and no mosquitoes on the trails. The early winter season in the wilderness or countryside is one of the best times to travel in Japan. Racer X says to get out on your feet or spin your wheels before the mountain passes close and the snow falls.

Nike Omar Salazar Skateboard Shoes
For the ‘downhills’ in life.

Omar Salazar is a gymnast on wheels and worthy of his own shoe. But when I heard Nike was making his skateboarding shoes, I wasn’t prepared to be impressed. These, however, were worth the hype. The sticky flat sole grips well and has a nice built-in arch, providing more lift for your ollie. The thick, padded tongue has a useful, low profile zipper pocket, while the mid-top fit, when laced up tight, helps improve ankle support and is recommended for ramp and park riding. Before you go and get yourself a pair, check out Omar on YouTube and his signature decks by Alien Workshop Skateboards.

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Base Layers from Haglofs
Stay dry and warm in bad conditions.

It is difficult to choose which of Haglofs 100% recycled Base Layers selection is the most useful. The 175-gram long sleeve roundneck top with offset seams gets the most wear from yours truly, although the 135-gram “short john” long underwear will soon be put to the winter test as I try to keep my bum warm under my dasai snowboard wear. While not cheap, these fabrics are worth their weight in gold if you are caught outside in a rainstorm or worse. With a patented “dryskin” fabric that wicks away moisture and keeps the body dry, the Haglofs base layers provide next-to-skin comfort for serious outdoor enthusiasts and city athletes.

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Tokyo Bike

More than just human powered fashion.

Tokyo Bike produces reasonable city bikes for sale throughout Japan and have been helpful in introducing cycling to young and old people as a way of transportation, exercise and enjoyment. The bikes are simple, well made and come in assorted sizes yet not recommended for very tall or large riders. I like the ¥52,000 “Classic” model with five colors to choose from and the ¥48,000 SS single speed street machine. Check out their website for information on where you can try out or rent a bicycle before you buy one.

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Alien Workshop X Andy Warhol Skateboard Decks
“Art is what you can get away with.” — Andy Warhol

Would Warhol be rolling over in his grave or rolling downhill with a smile? The Dayton, Ohio, Alien Workshop has gone high brow with its 10 limited edition skateboard decks featuring Andy Warhol’s ground-breaking artwork. The graphics may make them collectable, but the decks are worth talking about, regardless of the artwork. Stiff seven-ply construction with signature pro models in different sizes and camber. Check them out soon before Sotheby’s holds an auction.

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