Hello everyone! A fair number of us come from countries with a lot of space and nature, countries like Canada and Australia for example, and those of us fond of getting lost in the outdoors might not normally consider Japan as synonymous with serious off-road 4×4-ing. The surprise is that it really is possible to really get away from it all, and not every road is covered in pavement.
Japan is a very old and mountainous country, a large percentage of which is privately owned. That means that there are countless private trails all over the country that are under most people’s radar, centuries-old trails that traverse and bisect large tracts of forest land long ago used as supply routes and secret access paths. A number of them have ancient artifacts such as Buddhist statues and massive igneous boulders with inscriptions carved into them centuries ago.
The wheels in the picture are mine, and they love a good steep, muddy road to chew on. Snow and ice in the winter are really good too, especially when you get high enough in elevation to warrant chains!
Watch out for the wildlife! They just aren’t used to many cars being around!
Martin Werner Zander, Smith’s Partner
Owner, Smith’s School of English Kotoen
月謝制のスミス英会話 甲東園校 仁川 逆瀬川 西宮市