Mountains of Central Japan - September 2010
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This tour was for a relatively young and dynamic group of nine members organized by our adventure travel partner Wild Russia. Mostly clients from St Petersburg. The Wild Russia tour leader accompanied the group, facilitating communication, although most members spoke pretty good English.
This tour started in Osaka and ended in Tokyo, and was based on our usual MCJ itinerary. Four members opted to extend the tour and add a Mount Fuji climb at the end whilst the others headed for the bright lights of Tokyo.
We had great weather in the Alps after temperatures had come off their summer highs. Indeed, in late September there was a very thin crust of ice covering the rocks in the shadows until late in the mornings.
These were the first Russians we had had the pleasure of organizing a tour for and I found the whole adventure quite amazing. From the offbeat sense of humour to their toughness on the trail, I learned much. I guess this was probably one of the first times such a group had done a tour like this in the Alps in Japan. What with securing visas, it wasn't easy to get the whole thing off the ground, but it was all worth it and a really memorable event in many ways. I'll never forget them assembling ikura (salmon roe) sandwiches at the start of the Alps hike – the Japanese were most curious! Then there was the karaoke night when we were entertained to Russian folk songs along with the usual Frank Sinatra numbers. And then there was Igor and his eternal quest for a wireless connection wherever we were. He was deeply disappointed at the miserable state of free access and connection in Japan compared to Shanghai where he lives and works.
The Mount Fuji climb option - after the official ‘climbing season' - was led by our mountain guide Sam.
Take a look at the photographs from the tour here . Along with all their iPhones, clients' top of the range cameras produced some fine pictures.
Yegor had the following kind words to say about the tour -
“… we had a wonderful tour in Japan and frankly I believe it was the best design of any adventures we had so far.”