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4/10 (This is the Tokai according to Japan Maps. However it follows a narrow, winding, and extremely dangeous and busy road. A much better option is to take the well marked Kyoto Nature Trail arround this section.)
5/06 (We believe this to be the Tokai. However, the trail was closed at the east end due to a major highway construction project. We were warned earlier about this and we detoured off of it. We have no idea whether the segment of trail will be reopened in the future.)
5/05B (Tokai stays on main road. Nice traffic free walking on east side of river.)
5/05C (Technically the Tokai follows our route here. However, there is a detour on the road because the trail has several places that have collapsed and are potentially hazardous. Unless you have a lot of confidence in your skills in crossing steep and loose landslips, take the road.)
5/05A (Tokai. We left it briefly to walk a smaller road.)
4/27 (Tokai. We went into town to shop and eat. Best to stay on the Tokai as long as possible as the town road is narrow and busy.)
5/01 (Tokai. We diverted off the main street to a small market.)
4/26 (Tokai. We diverted for a meal at a convenience store.)
4/23B (Tokai. We were diveretd by a detour sign.)
4/25 (Likely to be the Tokai. We left it briefly to go to a convenience store.)
4/14 17.2m
5/12 (Tokai. We branched right where sign indicated two options. Right branch just went to a bus stop.)
5/08 (Tokai. As it was raining, we took the required wet weather detour.)
4/15 16.2m
4/22 17.3m
5/10 13.6m
4/22D (Tokai. We missed an overgrown sign.)
4/07 14.7m
4/08 17m
4/09 in Kyoto (approximate) 3.3m
4/09 PM 1.6m
4/12 improved alternate (Slight improvements to our alternate. This eliminates hopping a fence near the end the alternate.)
4/16 17.3m
4/19 17.9m
4/21 17.2m
4/23 18.6m
4/16C (Highly likely the Tokai. We lost the signs and reverted to our downloaded GPS tracks. We never saw any Tokai signs for a significant stretch. Studying Japan Maps that evening gave us a clue as to where we might regain the trail, which we did the next morning.)
4/16B (Left Tokai to visit interesting temple.)
4/08 (Likely the Tokai: we lost the signs and further on, regained them.)
4/09A (Likely to be the approximate route of the Tokai: we took the Kyoto Nature Trail instead to stay in the mountains)
4/09B (approximate route of the Tokai: we took the Kyoto Nature Trail in order to find a discreet place to camp. This section of the Tokai passes many important temples that we missed.)
4/12 (This is the mapped Tokai route. We followed our own alternate through the agricultural fields to get off the main road.)
4/13B (This is the Tokai. We divereted to go to the 7-11 for dinner.)
4/13A (This the Tokai. We diverted to go to the Miho Museum, which is well worth a visit.)
4/14A (Probable Tokai; no sign at junction.)
4/14B (Marked as Tokai as well. The Tokai was marked in two directions in this area. The option we took is to go into town, possibly to connect with public transport. We went shopping. The other option would have less road walking.)
4/07 (Tokai closed for repairs; took designated alternate)
4/21C (Left Tokai briefly to get off of main road.)
4/22A (Missed a sign. Actual Tokai is better route.)
4/22B (Left Tokai to stay along river.)
4/22C (Probable Tokai. We took an alternate route through town.)
4/21B (Left what may be the Tokai to go to cafe and get off of main road.)
4/20 (This is likely the main Tokai although it may also be an alternate. Careful research in street view located some Tokai signposts along the route, but not enough to confirm with certainty. TC14 marks a signpost that seems to indicate there may be two options for this section. Please keep in mind that we have not walked this section and have no knowledge of conditions on the ground. The first and last portions are road walking, which should be straightforward. The middle section crosses a 3500 foot pass in the mountains on a trail which was mapped using OSM data; this data has, on occasion, proven to be less accurate than one might hope. Data from Japan Maps does confirm that people have walked this at some point in the past.)
4/19 (We deliberately left the Tokai to avoid a larger road.)
4/18B (Tokai. We took an off-pavement varient that proved to be a bit overgrown at the start.)
4/18A (We diverted off the route to go to town to try and find dinner. Cafes were both closed.)
4/24 11.6m
4/25 13.6m
4/26 16.8m
4/28 15.5m
4/30 19.8m
5/02 16.2m
5/03 19.4m
5/04 20.8m
5/05 15m
5/06 19.5m
5/07 16.2m
5/09 19.9m
5/12 13.4m
4/17 19.7m
5/09B (Tokai probably here. We took an alternate to stay off of the busy road as long as possible.)
5/07A (Tokai continues down ridge. We decided to visit the lake instead.)
5/07B (Tokai. We took the marsh boardwalk alternate.)
5/09C (Tokai. We missed a turn; possibly the junction was not marked with a sign.)
5/09A (Tokai probably here. We took an alternate to stay off of the busy road as long as possible.)
5/03 (Our best guess as to the route of the Tokai through town, but it hardly matters much.)
4/21A (Left Tokai briefly to get off of main road.)
4/18C (We lost track of the Tokai in the big park along the river. There are many graphic signs, but these were incomprehensible to us. We suspect that the Tokai follows this route.)
4/16A (Tokai. We deliberately cut this section as it seemed to be a pointless up and down.)
4/09 AM 3.3m
4/11 15.1m
4/20 19.3m
4/29 13.9m
4/18 16.1m
5/08 18.2m
4/10 17.6m
5/11 13.3m
5/01 19.2m
4/27 18.2m
4/12 15.2m
4/13 12.5m
5/09D (Tokai. We went off of the route to get food.)
4/11 (This is the Tokai, but we followed the Kyoto Nature Trail to stay off the road and higher in the mountains.)
4/15 (We deliberately left the Tokai here to try a ridge walk.While there is an unmaintained trail on the route we took, it proved to be extremely steep on both ascents and descents and in a few places was verging on class 3. We recommend remaining on the Tokai.)
4/23A (Brief diversion to shop.)
tentsite (Bench plus one tentsite in trail)
tentsite
Refuge (Park Service Free enclosed sleeping shelter.)
tentsite (viable but not attractive.)
tentsite (viable but not attractive.)
tentsite (Camping possible here at the pass, but limited view and not as nice as the site we used 700 meters south)
tentsite (field probably has level tentsite. )
tentsite (on bridge)
Campground (Operational campground packed during golden week)
Campground (operational when we were there in May)
shelter (Onsen open 11-5. Picnic shelter with just enough room for tent, may be inappropriate location for stealth camping.)
tentsite (The old roadbed has a level bridge)
tentsite (Town park, table, outhouse, level grassy field, possibly picnic shelter)
tentsite (Big bathroom, tiny picnic shelter. Parking lot)
tentsite
tentsite (flat area around community center building. Not private. Unclear if it's OK to camp here.)
tentsite (level grass next to major telecom tower. Picnic table. Good view of ocean and city. Limited view of Fuji possible through trees)
tentsite (level, but no views)
tentsite (marginal but usable if desparate)
tentsite (Shrine, parking lot, bathrooms, tentsite)
shelter (picnic shelter next to onsen, not private and stealth camping here might be impossible)
tentsite (bathroom here, tentsites likely down near the river)
tentsite (possible tentsite at picnic tables)
shelter (Small shrine with sheltered benches and bathroom.)
tentsite (covered platform at shrine)
tentsite (bathroom, covered platform at shrine)
tentsite (flat field in stream floodplane. Outhouse just downstream on road)
shelter (Small shrine benches with roof, tentsite unknown)
shelter (picnic shelter. Unknown campsite options.)
shelter (Bathroom, sheltered bench, unknown tentsite options)
tentsite (Covered platform at shrine and adjacent level grass)
tentsite (Bathroom, covered picnic shelter, level athletic field.)
tentsite (with shelter)
tentsite (Worn out hut with sleeping loft, picnic tables water, bathroom)
tentsite (bathroom, athletic fields)
shelter (Shelter with picnic table but no room for tent under roof. Tentsite unknown.)
tentsite (with water, at scrappy polo field)
tentsite (bathroom, level athletic field)
shelter (bathrooms at major park complex. Maybe too developed for stealth camping.)
tentsite (Picnic shelter, nice view, outhouse, room for tents. )
tentsite (Tokai bathroom; covered porch with benches could probably sleep 2 under shelter. adjacent level tentsite. Viable but all visible from road and adjacent train tracks.)
tentsite (Water, outhouse, picnic table under shelter, big shade tree. Camping possible if desperate. not beautiful or private.)
tentsite (Shelter with room for tent. But hum of electrical substation and next to road)
tentsite (park with likely campsites we did not explore.)
tentsite (Good covered camping platform )
tentsite (bathroom, large covered platform next to shrine.)
Refuge (Park Service Free enclosed sleeping shelter.)
Refuge (Park Service Free enclosed sleeping shelter.)
Campground (several campgrounds upstream from Visitor Center)
tentsite (Open sided large shelter big enough for tent. )
Refuge (Kannogawa Hut)
tentsite (tentsites, benches, tall uncovered observation tower)
tentsite (sheltered campsite with nice vista)
tentsite (bathrooms, water, unsheltered tentsite and also enclosed building which was unlocked when we were there.)
tentsite (tiny shrine)
tentsite (level ground, bench)
tentsite (Elevated small viewing platform might be big enough for tent, bathrooms. Temple nearby)
tentsite (Usable tentsite, picnic table)
tentsite (picnic shelter with space for two tents. not private.)
tentsite (Small picnic shelter, adjacent tentsite. Big view. Nice place)
tentsite (Large shrine, power, water, tentsite in level pea gravel, large cedars, nice place.)
tentsite (Picnic table, acceptable tentsite, limited view. )
tentsite (bathroom, benches, view, possible tentsite)
tentsite (Shelter with benches but no room for tent inside. Adjacent level grassy field)
shelter (very large shelter at a major temple, may be inappropriate location for camping)
tentsite (Beautiful falls. Room for a tent on covered deck. GREAT campsite)
tentsite (Small roadside shelter big enough for tent, but not private)
tentsite (shelter with bench and room for tent)
shelter (picnic shelter, tentsite unknown.)
tentsite (small museum, reconstructed thatched hut, level grass, possibly bathroom)
shelter (tentsite unknown)
shelter (shrine, possibly with tentsite)
tentsite (possible tentsite at small shrine)
tentsite (tentsites near river, according to the small restaurant nearby)
tentsite (level grassy tentsite may be too close to fancy temple to be viable for stealth camping)
shelter (picnic shelter, tentsite unknown)
shelter (Small picnic shelter. Tentsite unknown.)
tentsite (Camping shed. Temple above at top of hill)
tentsite (Picnic tables, trail register. Camping possible but not if raining because tent site would flood)
tentsite (Picnic table and space for tent. No shelter)
shelter (Big picnic shelter and bathrooms. Camping possibilities unknown.)
tentsite (Benches, rain barrel, tentsite, sheltered from wind if summit is too windy.)
tentsite (Bathroom, large picnic shelter with room for tents.)
tentsite (Shelter is worn out, but still good for a tent. In forest with limited view )
tentsite (benches, view, level tentsites)
tentsite (Bathroom, water, power. Covered concrete deck good for one tent. Big stone patio. Nice view. End of road)
tentsite (Covered observation deck with room for tent inside. Surrounded by trees and not beautiful, but usable)
tentsite (Small park with an outhouse and covered picnic shelter. Cramped but could probably fit a tent inside)
tentsite (Uncovered observation deck with bench. Good view. Big enough for tent. )
tentsite (Shrine with large covered platform with room for tent inside.)
tentsite (Many constructed tent pads and a picnic table in woods next to creek. Part of formal campground we think)
tentsite (Many benches, no shelter. Room for tent. View of 10k foot peak with snow. Exposed to strong wind. )
tentsite (Covered platform room for one tent)
tentsite (Expansive flat area at shrine. No view. Sheltered from wind)
tentsite (Very large picnic shelter at parking lot)
shelter (picnic shelter, tentsite unknown)
Ishibashi Station
tentsite (level field, no shelter or bathrooms but it is past the road closure barrier and so is more private than nearby sites. )
tentsite (covered platform in picnic area)
tentsite (picnic shelter and adjacent level area. Road noise. )
tentsite (bathroom, tennis court under dome, sports complex, grassy kids play area.)
tentsite (Heated bathrooms, large adjacent level fields. Nice area for camping.)
tentsite (Excellent large covered camping platform with view)
International Youth Hostel (Permitted us to use showers and laundry even though we did not stay, likely possible only because it was a very quiet time of day and week for them.)
tentsite (Covered Observation deck with view. Room for a tent inside)
tentsite (tentsite and bbq shelter at community center building)
shelter (nice picnic shelter, camping prohibited)
tentsite (on trail)
tentsite (tentsite, table, Fuji view)
tentsite (Big shelter. camping is prohibited in National Park, but this shelter is isolated and suitable for stealth camping.)
Campground (large operational campground)
tentsite (Outhouse. Level grass. No view. Not great but viable)
tentsite (Grassy field. Not special, but level and away from the busy areas of the park.)
shelter (no tentsite)
tentsite (major sport field and a park to the south of it.)
tentsite (Bathroom and small park with tent sites. Not secluded.)
tentsite (Small shelter. nearby tentsite may have drainage problems. Big views of Fuji)
tentsite (Benches and tentsite. Not great but isolated and usable)
tentsite (tables and view)
tentsite (major deck and shelter. Great tentsite, but a major popular destination may not be viable for stealth camping.)
Refuge (Park Service Kibigara refuge. Large enclosed modern refuge and grass for tents)
tentsite (Picnic tables, view of Fuji)
Park Visitor Center (Park HQ and bathroom. They offered us good Tokai Map for Aichi Prefecture.)
Miho Museum (http://www.miho.or.jp/en/)
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Umeda Station
Mino-o RR Station
Kansai Airport
Takaosanguchi Station
camp 5-11 (tentsite on trail just below the top of a hill where there are picnic tables.)
TC01 (Tokai stays on main road here. The road is narrow, busy and dangerous. Take the Kyoto Nature Trail instead.)
TC02 (Through town, their are few Tokai signs. We picked our own route until we regained marked trail near TC3.)
TC03 (Tokai signs start to be seen in this area.)
TC04 (The official Tokai may be routed along the main road west of here, but the riverside path is a much more pleasant alternate.)
TC05 (Reaquire official Tokai here.)
TC06 (We hopped a fence here. See 4/12 improved alternate to eliminate this.)
TC07 (Trail is very washed out and covered with debris upstream from about here. Just follow the drainage.)
TC08 (Wash out ends about here.)
TC09 (Marked Tokai splits in this area. The southern option would be a less urban walk.)
TC10 (Failed bridge: Tokai rerouted, but the sign is very confusing. We crossed the bridge and found a campground, but no Tokai signs. Route stays on south side of creek and heads downstream.)
TC11 (No signs indicating Tokai route. The route through town seems to be arbitrary. We chose a route that took us by a Circle K convenience store and mostly off of the main roads.)
TC12 (The Tokai likely turns left here. We elected to cross the river to go to a Family Mart and then regain the blog GPS track a few blocks away. When we regained the track, there were no Tokai signs until TC14.)
TC13 (About a six minute walk through a tunnel. The tunnel is lit and has a sidewalk for pedestrians.)
TC14 (The first signpost we saw since passing TC12. Indicates both routes may be official Tokai options.)
TC15 (Beyond here, Tokai signs appear to be missing. Just work your way through town to TC16.)
TC16 (Tokai sign.)
TC17 (Tokai sign.)
TC18 (Tokai sign.)
TC19 (Tokai routing unclear here as there was major highway construction in the area and the trail had been temporarily rerouted as a result.)
TC20 (Marginal campsites until TC21.)
TC21 (First decent campsite since TC20.)
TC22 (The Tokai continues left after crossing the bridge. We diverted to town for a meal and campsite.)
TC23 (Ticket office for wind cave. Water and bathroom.)
TC24 (Ticket office for ice cave. Water, bathrooms and small snack bar.)
TC26 (Dead end path.)
camp 5-10 (campground in National Park; animal raided our food in the middle of the night and we moved to the porch of an empty nearby cabin where we could hang our food.)
camp 5-08 (next to small shelter and large panoramic viewing platform.)
camp 5-09 (discreet corner of a tennis court. bathroom 100 meters southeast.)
camp 5-07 (next to small picnic shelter, views of Fuji.)
camp 5-06 (top of Mount Shinshinzan; benches, picnic table, Fuji view, good tentsite)
camp 5-05 (next to picnic table and creek)
camp 5-04 (great campsite on manicured croquet-golf course near river. Outhouse 200 meters away. Not private/stealthy.)
camp 5-03 (gravel pad next to huge Ginkgo tree next to tiny picnic shelter. Do not step on Ginko roots or moss garden.)
camp 5-02 (inside a large picnic shelter in town park on top of hill. The floor of the shelter had minor flooding in a night of very heavy rain.)
camp 5-01 (inside the Otaki Resting Area 3-sided shelter, next to road. If the water is not flowing at the water spigot turn on the valve in the underground utility box next to the spigot.)
camp 4-30 (on the concrete pad underneath a picnic shelter overlooking tea plantation. water spigot 50m west on road)
camp 4-29 (under a shelter with a very rotten floor; fantastic dinner view from promontory rocks. This campsite may not be viable much longer as there is no level ground and the shelter floor is predominantly rotted out.)
camp 4-28 (grass field near shrine with moat. spring water and bathroom.)
camp 4-27 (under a large picnic shelter with 360 views; high point for western 80% of tokai)
camp 4-26 (next to picnic tables on the top of a small hill)
camp 4-24 (under an enormous picnic shelter next to nature education center. great place to spend a night with 10 cm of rain. bathroom, power, water.)
camp 4-25 (level tentsite 200 meters from an outhouse, beautiful forest)
camp 4-23 (next to river)
camp 4-20 (two-story covered observation tower in the park adjacent to the Yokokura temple tower. benches, bathrooms.)
camp 4-21 (next to cemetary)
camp 4-22 (small picnic shelter and adjacent level tentsite. next to pond.)
camp 4-19 (camp on side of the road near a reservoir in the woods)
camp 4-16 (bench and level grass a botanical garden park)
camp 4-17 (camp under bridge in order to shelter from rain)
camp 4-18 (kid's playground between temple and shrine. bathroom, power, water)
camp 4-14 (small clearing next to a footbridge)
camp 4-15 (large sandy beach in river floodplane behind a checkdam)
camp 4-13 (on the trail at the top of a saddle)
camp 4-11 (small open field at top of town park)
camp 4-12 (bathroom, shelter, buildings associated with the nearby mountaintop temple)
camp 4-08 (campsite in the woods)
camp 4-09 (near the top of partially cleared hill above Kyoto)
camp 4-10 (unused agricultural field)
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camp 4-07 (near entrance to major football field)