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【1-Day Event: Jan. 3, 2024】New Year’s Hike in Okayama

【1-Day Event: Jan. 3, 2024】New Year’s Hike in Okayama

Every year, some of the foreign community in Okayama get together for a hike at New Year’s. You don’t need to be a resident to join the hike — anyone is welcome to join! The organizer will lead the group up Misaoyama, a popular hiking spot in Okayama City. He is familiar with the trails on will lead the group up the mountain where we’ll have a great view of both the city and the Seto Inland Sea; the hike will finish at a nearby temple pagoda. The hike will take about 3 hours and will be about 4 km in distance.

Group photo from the hike in January 2023

I attend the hike every year, and this is a really relaxed and casual way to make new friends while enjoying a leisurely hike in the Japanese countryside. This is the third annual hike, and we hope to make it an ongoing event! Please feel free to join us–I’d love to meet you!

Date & Time: January 3, 2024 / meet up at 10:00

Location: meet-up venue is at Daily Yamazaki Okayama Higashiyama convenience store at the Higashiyama streetcar stop. From JR Okayama Station, take the tram headed for Higashiyama; get off at the final stop. From there, our group leader will lead us up to the hiking trail on Misaoyama.

◆Fee: free-of-charge; bring money for snacks and drinks afterwards if you want to hang out with the group after hiking

Other info: Be sure to wear comfortable clothing in thin layers appropriate for light hiking, and comfortable walking shoes or boots. Bring water / drinks, a towel, and snacks (optional). 

For more information, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/896914935153047



I'm from the U.S.A., but I've lived longer in Okayama. I'm a sake sommelier, certified by the Sake Sommelier Association in London. I love traveling in Japan, beautifully presented food and desserts, great art, taking photos, hiking and walking, visiting gardens, and spending time with family and friends.