23 Feb 2021, 12:02

Day by Day plans for walking 400km to Niigata

I am planning to walk barefoot coast to coast (the short direction) across Japan’s main island.

Starting Friday April 16th at Rinko Park in Yokohama, I will walk barefoot to Aoyama Kaigan near Niigata Station, arriving around 23 days later, during Golden Week in Japan.

It’s a personal challenge and hopefully encouragement to you to keep pushing your limits!

Just the Meeting points:

Here are the meeting points on Google Maps and the meeting points on Google Earth . They are likely to change so be sure to get in touch if you want to meet somewhere!

Entire Route:

Here is the entire route on plotaroute.com. The map takes a bit to load all of the twists and turns of the route. Be sure to get in touch if you want to meet somewhere as plans are likely to change!

23 days, walking 400km from Yokohama to Niigata

Walking 380km from Shin Yurigaoka to Niigata

Details:

These are maps of each segment, and are subject to change. I do not yet have a good way to post edits to this page from the road, but am working on that.

I will walk from my house to Yomiuriland, possibly via 新百合ヶ丘駅 or 百合ヶ丘駅 or neither station and just go a more direct route.

02 walk 04km to yomiuriland

Click here to see the rest of the walk plans..

It will probably be dark by the time we leave Yomiuriland, so I doubt we will be able to see much near Tama River. But we’ll cross Tama River and then walk a bit to LiveMax Hotel. (TODO: make a reservation!)

03 walk 08km to LiveMax hotel in Fuchu


We will pass a couple of parks and walk near Kokubunji Station.

04 walk 6.5km to Pizza-la via Musashi Kokubunji Park


  • Day 03.2 (Sunday April 18th *) Walk 7.5km from Pizza-la To Seibuen (46km total) > 10% complete!!
  1. We will pass by the Sewerage Museum
  2. We will pass through 東村山中央公園

05 walk 7.5km to Seibuen amusement park


06 walk 10km to Fujisawa central park


  • Day 04.2 (Monday April 19th *) Walk 14km, To Aina Water Park (70km total)

07 walk 14km to Aina water park


08 walk 10km to Strawberry garden


09 walk 12km from strawberry to ranzan bbq tsuki river


10 walk 04km to musashi memorial park


11 walk 07km to Italian restaurant


12 walk 03km Italian restaurant to Arakawa


13 walk 10km to cafe tsumugi at matsuhisa station


14 walk 08km to hotel in Honjo


15 walk 12km from hotel in Honjo to Isesaki Shiminnomori Park


15 walk 12km from Isesaki Shiminnomori Park to Kezoji Park


16 walk 06km from kezoji park to momonoki river


17 walk 08km from momonoki river to tone river (again)


18 walk 03km to luna park


19 walk 11km from luna park to kaminodafureai park


20 walk 07km to shibukawa skyland park


21 walk 05km to kaneshima onsen


22 walk 10km to planet restaurant


23 walk 03km to three parks


24 walk 10km from three parks to ramen shop


25 walk 03km to jomokogen station conveni


26 walk 04km from jomokogen to granpy sports


27 walk 03km to bike course


28 walk 08km to bungee jump


29 walk 06km from bungee jump to Koshii and Izumiya hotels


  • Day 14.1 (Thursday April 29th *) Walk 11km, Hotels To Naeba (234km total)

30 walk 11km from hotels to naeba


31 walk 02km to dragondola


32 walk 07km from dragondola to shukuba onsen


33 walk 07km from shukuba onsen to jackys cafe


34 walk 09km from jackys cafe to echigo yuzawa station


35 walk 07km from echigo yuzawa to Ogumaya Inn


36 walk 06km from Ogumaya to yukokuso


37 walk 07km to restaurants near ryokan


  • Day 16.3 (Saturday May 1st *) Walk 4km, to Yasuragi Yado (283km total)

38 walk 04km from ryokan to yasuragi yado


  • Day 16.4 (Saturday May 1st *) Walk 6km, to 百年 Inn (289km total)

39 walk 06km to 100 year inn


40 walk 05km to French restaurant in Tokamachi


41 walk 11km to farm hendon


42 walk 03km from farm to restaurant


43 walk 08km kinda along Shinano river


44 walk 11km to pizza restaurant


45 walk 05 km from pizza place to sleep by ota gawa


46 walk 05 km from ota river to nyozeza museum


47 walk 10 km from museum to kariyatagawa


48 walk 04 km from kariyatagawa to matthews bistro


49 walk 14 km along joetsu to tsubamesanjo hotel


50 walk 10 km from tsubamesanjo to groceries


51 walk 05 km along nakanokuchi river


52 walk 08 km along nakanokuchi river to cafe


53 walk 06 km between rice fields to sleep between rivers


54 walk 09 km from staircase to Aoyama Seaside Park

(*) Note: dates are subject to change! Be sure to get in touch with me via email at my name at this domain.

22 Feb 2021, 12:02

Support for walk for suicide prevention

I am using GoGetFunding to help raise money for the walk, with proceeds going to Tokyo English Life line (TELL). TELL is dedicated to providing effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community and its increasing mental health needs.

https://gogetfunding.com/barefoot-pilgrimage-across-japan-raising-funds-for-suicide-prevention/

(I had been using Shopify, but it is not a proper crowd funding site, and the cost of the Shopify store continues regardless of donations / purchases.)

So far, eight copies of the book have been pre-ordered.

Assuming 2500 yen of each book purchased so far can be used for covering costs below, 20,000 yen can be used for costs below.

20,000 / 226,000 yen

██████________________________________________________ 9% funded!


Anticipated costs for the walk include:

Daily costs:

  • food 2000 yen / day * 20 days = 40,000 yen
  • accommodation 8000 yen / day * 10 days = 80,000 yen

One-time costs:

  • sweat-wicking underclothes 30,000 yen
  • rain pants 8,000 yen
  • rolling cart 3,000 yen
  • camera with APS-C size sensor (for print quality photos) 60,000 yen
  • battery for old computer 5,000 yen

already purchased:

  • old computer
  • phone for livestreaming
  • unlimited data plan
  • rechargeable batteries for phone
  • solar panel
  • rain jacket
  • tent
  • sleeping bag

Anticipated costs for the book:

TBD!

17 Dec 2020, 23:12

Hey! Come join me for any part of my journey walking to Niigata!

Thank you @hancockjason0702 for my first interview about walking to Niigata!

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CI5slpohlYL/

Starting April 13th 2021, I plan to walk from my house in Kawasaki to Niigata station, 300 kilometers away!

The trip should be doable: 300km over 3 weeks = less than 15km per day.

The start date is (still / only) a few months away and my brain has been swamped with ideas,plans,complications,fears,etc so in order to simplify all of that, I will just say

Hey! Come join me for any part of my journey walking to Niigata!

Share with your friends as I want to meet as many people as possible along the way!

I’ve found several neat places I want to visit; do you know of others along this route?

If you cannot join during the actual walk, thank you for supporting my GoFundMe campaign for this walk. (link coming soon!)

Visit my webpage https://www.robnugen.com/quests/ for the latest updates, including a map of the plan so far.

These are my planned rest stops along the way, so please forward to your friends who live in the route. Maybe we can meet along the way to enjoy a cup of tea!

No one knows what will happen while walking from Kawasaki to Niigata so the planned points certainly may change!

Thank you Jason and everyone for your support! I look forward to seeing you on the walk!

09 Nov 2020, 17:18

thoughts about walk five months out

Walking to Niigata will give me an opportunity to see the country at a slow pace and really give a chance to be mindful while walking.

Before coming to japan, I drove 11,000 miles around United States and discovered that I didn’t see everything very clearly because I was busy driving. On my Eastern side trip I drove past Cedar Point in Ohio and on the western side I drove through the redwood Forest at night, twice. Didn’t see a thing.

In Japan I rode my bicycle from Tokyo to Kyoto and (almost) back and even then it seemed too fast and I didn’t really get to see everything along the way.

to be honest, this time I might end up with the same thing because I do have a deadline to finish the whole trip, I need to be back at work by the end of golden week on the 10th of May.

But it gives me nearly a month and I’ll have plenty of flexibility I hope so we’ll see how it goes in terms of scheduling.

In terms of personal challenge, walking barefoot will certainly push my limits. I’ve heard that there will be potentially snow on the ground so that’s really not going to be easy whatsoever and may end up stopping the whole thing.

It’s certainly possible to walk in snow so I’m curious as to how much I will push myself through it if necessary.

I’m greatly looking forward to being able to say “I walked here from Kawasaki” near the end of my trip, which will likely be more satisfying than “I plan to walk to Niigata” at the beginning of my trip.

I’m also looking forward to the amusement parks along the way to need to start committing those to memory, as well as the other places I plan to stop.

Speaking of places to stop, I still need to go through and double check the list and make tweaks and call places where I want to stay during the trip.

One concern that comes up is that would further lock down my schedule so it might take some of the freedom out of the plan if I want to adjust things depending on what I see.

I’m looking forward to some stretches walking along railroad tracks including shinkansen tracks, though this shinkansen will probably be elevated so I won’t be able to see much.

Places I can think of now, not in order

  • Yomiuriland
  • Seijoen
  • Aina water park
  • Grampy
  • Hendon Farm
  • Jacky’s cafe
  • Bunjee jump place
  • Dragondola
  • Between two rivers

05 Sep 2020, 00:33

Sponsorship idea

Today at Christine’s birthday party, Petya suggested a great idea for sponsoring my trip. “For every 10km walked, ______ will donate one pair of shoes to _____.”

The blanks still have to be filled in, and I guess it is only 33 pairs of shoes which seems small, so maybe every 1km walked?? Or “for each person who walks 10 km.”

Also at Christine’s birthday party, Johnny said he would love to interview me for his podcast! Awesome! Now I am like “ahhh!” cause there is not yet a domain to send people to, and no site really talking about it. Is /quests on my site enough?

I guess it’s okay to say “Rob Nugen dot com slash quests”

02 Jul 2020, 16:32

Day by day plans coming together

I bought a premium account on PlotARoute.com because it looks just about perfect for what I want to do.

2020 july plan for 13 April 2020 afternoon

Optional: ride some rides in the park!

2020 july plan for 13 April 2020 evening

Sleep near the river.

2020 july plan for 14 April 2020

Optional: ride some rides in the park!

2020 july plan for 15 April 2020 am

chill in park

2020 july plan for 15 April 2020 pm

Hopefully play in water park

2020 july plan for 16 April 2020 am

Eat ice cream!

2020 july plan for 16 April 2020 pm

Hopefully meet people willing to share some food!

2020 july plan for 17 April 2020 am

chill in park

2020 july plan for 17 April 2020 day

eat four cheese pizza

2020 july plan for 17 April 2020 pm

Sleep next to the river


Here are some other route segments not yet converted to plotaroute.com

Seibuen Amusement Park to Tennenonsen Kachofugetsu Hot Spring via Miyamae Park, nico rico, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.

https://goo.gl/maps/FvvQDWknCoTLWpKp8

Tennenonsen Kachofugetsu Hot Spring to 鳩山町文化会舘 via Ikejiriike Park, Takakurakofuku Temple, and 6 other stops in Google Maps.

https://goo.gl/maps/B8LRVmSdopBC1cC99

鳩山町文化会舘 to 薪石窯PIZZA たんぽぽ via Kamigarako, Kamigarako, and 3 other stops

https://goo.gl/maps/pdznGMLe55z8o37EA

薪石窯PIZZA たんぽぽ to Niigata Station via Lockheart Castle and Prefectural Gunma Observatory

https://goo.gl/maps/H3g616T2Y4eY74DR8

I have decided to not stop at Lockheart Castle, I have now figured out a way to embed maps on my site. Yay plotaroute.com!

13 December 2020

First draft of the route is finished!

01 Jul 2020, 13:33

niigata walk planning

I was thinking about some ways to kind of promote the trip with cards or a story answering “why Niigata?” (because my shirt says Niigata.)

Maybe selling shirts if you want to buy a shirt too and maybe building community interest, asking “where should the next trip be?” that kind of thing. Inviting local people to join for a segment as they are interested.

I need to finish planning each part of the route, like each day of the trip. I need to start laying out the days so I know where I’m going to go each day and have enough time for community feedback on those plans as well, so one first step is to get the maps up on my website.

Maybe I can put up a areamap image of the overall route and maybe have each section be its own clickable zone or something.

30 Jun 2020, 08:52

walked to Yomiuriland

(recorded 07:14 Tuesday 30 June 2020 JST)

I just walked to Yomiuriland and took some pictures!

I’m very happy because it’s proving that my walk is definitely possible.

2020 jun 30 rob ferris wheel 2020 jun 30 yomiuriland ferris wheel feet 2020 jun 30 ferris wheel feet

There were some signs of how they are dealing with COVID-19

2020 jun 30 yomiuriland corona sign 2020 jun 30 yomiuriland corona gate 3 2020 jun 30 yomiuriland corona gate 2 2020 jun 30 yomiuriland corona gate 1

I plan to visit the hot springs near Yomiuriland on April 13th, 2021.

2020 jun 30 hot springs sign

I just noticed this wall near two big old trees that surrounded an entrance to a house that has been torn down.

2020 jun 30 wall blocking slope 2020 jun 30 new wall old trees

Sign next to steps to water supply

2020 jun 30 water supply sign

Lots of ads for some sort of community center, I think

2020 jun 30 various signs

17 May 2020, 23:33

niigata walk planning

This is my first second official journal entry for my walk to Niigata. I have tagged it “niigata walk” and plan to have Hugo look for that tag when putting together a blog, possibly at /quests/walk-to-niigata/ which currently has a copy (hardlink on my local machine) to this file.

I will almost certainly end up with a shorter domain pointing at the entries, and I want to use the same workflow as I do now for journal entries.

Anyway, I have started mapping a possible route, and talking with my men’s circle about logistics.

me:

Men, do any of you know electronics?  I am looking to make or buy
a charger setup that can harness solar / wind / walk / slow
rotating energy as I walk to Niigata.
I found this
https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-solar-charger

Rick:

I found this backpack with a solar panel
https://www.666-666.jp/1505270000000000.html for sale on a
Japanese website.

Mohamed:

I think for this you need to first calculate how many Watt hours
do you need and the voltage of the appliances and what's your
optimal discharge time then you can go from there. If your goal is
to have electricity whereever you go, then a couple of powerbanks
with fast charging would be ur best bet in my opinion but if your
goal is to build a system then you'd need to do more calculations

Jerome:

Hey Rob, you asked for help and help you get... It may just not be
very helpful.. Seems like you find something similar re portable
chargers, but here's one that comes recommended from use on the
3000km+ trail that covers the length of New Zealand - Te Araroa.
Older sites recommended not using solar in NZ cos it's always
cloudy haha but seems tech has adapted and here's the winner

Solar adventurer

I found it on this website and it discusses the Te Araroa trail, in case you're needing a longer trail to dream about as well

I mentioned that I want to pull a wagon.

Pulling a wagon, epic! A man from a circle in Wellington I know
pulled a wagon from Mongolia to Beijing,
http://theslowway.weebly.com/blog/cart-prototype-10-test

Bren, relaying some crowdsourced ideas of cool places to go:

Aizu, https://www.echigo-tsumari.jp/en/, Mashiko, Eichigo Uzawa
09:28 Tuesday 19 May 2020 JST

I considered incorporating this route, but it is longer and apparently higher.. https://walkjapan.com/tour/nagano-snow-country

08 May 2020, 09:32

Walked yesterday and today

I have begun to walk again in the mornings. I have posted on FB my idea of walking to Niigata. I have begun to plot out some potential waypoints for the route.

So far, I have plotted waypoints for 5+ hours to walk to Seibuen Amusement Park

https://goo.gl/maps/YgmtgwGVbAALcXdH8

Seibuen Amusement Park to Tennenonsen Kachofugetsu Hot Spring via Miyamae Park, nico rico, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.

https://goo.gl/maps/FvvQDWknCoTLWpKp8

Tennenonsen Kachofugetsu Hot Spring to 鳩山町文化会舘 via Ikejiriike Park, Takakurakofuku Temple, and 6 other stops in Google Maps.

https://goo.gl/maps/B8LRVmSdopBC1cC99

鳩山町文化会舘 to 薪石窯PIZZA たんぽぽ via Kamigarako, Kamigarako, and 3 other stops

https://goo.gl/maps/pdznGMLe55z8o37EA

薪石窯PIZZA たんぽぽ to Niigata Station via Lockheart Castle and Prefectural Gunma Observatory

https://goo.gl/maps/H3g616T2Y4eY74DR8

Though I have decided to not stop at Lockheart Castle, I have not yet figured out a way to embed maps on my site. Working on that now. The Google maps API allows “only” 20 waypoints on a map.

06:34 Saturday 04 July 2020 JST

This entry has been updated!