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We are as passionate about our community as we are about our products.

On this COMMUNITY page, you can find information about our Yamatomichi Hike Life Community (HLC) programs, hosted throughout Japan by our dedicated Yamatomichi Ambassadors and our friends.

Upcoming events

Currently the below application forms are only available in Japanese. 
Please view the page with a translating engine of your choosing or with a good friend who reads Japanese.

Although all our events are of course open to anyone regardless of your Japanese level, please understand that English might not be spoken at any of our events. If you are interested in signing up but not sure which event is for you, feel free to contact us and we will help you out.

What is Yamatomichi HLC?

Yamatomichi HLC is a community that shares the joy of UL (Ultra Light) hiking, pursues its possibilities, and builds its culture. Programs are hosted by Ambassadors with specific areas of expertise.

Yamatomichi HLC recognizes that community, life, and hiking are not independent, but all part of your life. We hope our events will help to make you have more fun and enjoy life more, both on and off the hiking trails.

Yamatomichi HLC Project Leader Hideki Toyoshima

HLC Annual Schedule

HLC Hokkaido

April 2, Sat – 3, Sun AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE
“UL Ski Camp in Niseko Haute Route; 1 Night and 2 Days”
April 23, Sat WORKSHOP
UL Winter Hiking Workshop in Niseko Haute Route; 1 Night and 2 Days
May 21, Sat LECTURE
“Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 22, Sun GUEST SEMINAR
A Day to Talk about the Brown Bears
July 9, Sat – 10, Sun PRACTICE
Mt. Horojiri UL Hiking Practice; 2 Nights and 3 Days
Sep 10, Sat – 11, Sun WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Niseko Haute Route; 1 Night and 2 Days
Oct. 2, Sun – 3, Mon LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Local Study Hiking at Niseko Old Sulfur Mine; 1 Night and 2 Days
March 26, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi Winter UL Hiking for Beginners

HLC Tohoku

April 17, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 14, Sat – 15, Sun WORKSHOP
Michinoku Coastal Trail UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
June 25, Sat – 26, Sun GUEST SEMINAR
UL Hiking in Historical Trail of Sanriku-city; 1 Night and 2 Days
Aug. 26, Fri – 28, Sun PRACTICE
UL Hiking Practice in Iwate and Akita; 2 Nights and 3 Days
Oct. 15, Sat – 16, Sun GUEST SEMINAR
UL Hiking to Know the Earth and Ocean; 1 Night and 2 Days
Nov. 20, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi Winter UL Hiking for Beginners
Jan. 21, Sat – 22, Sun WORKSHOP
Mt. Azumane UL Hiking Workshop
March 18, Sat – 19, Sun AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE
Tent Camping and Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding in the Snowy Mountains; 1 Night and 2 Days, Site TBA

HLC Kita-kanto

April 2, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 14, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
June 7, Tue – 8, Wed AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE
Fishing Trip in Upstream of Naka River; 1 Night and 2 Days
July 9, Sat – 10, Sun WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Oku-Nikko; 1 Night and 2 Days
Aug. 26, Fri – 28, Sun PRACTICE
UL Hiking Practice in Mt. Bandai; 2 Nights and 3 Days
Oct. 15, Sat – 16, Sun WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Mt. Nasu; 1 Night and 2 Days
Dec. 3, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Winter Hiking for Beginners
Feb. 25, Sat – 26, Sun WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Mt. Nasu; 1 Night and 2 Days
March 19, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Local Study Hiking in Mt. Kogashi

HLC Kamakura

April 3, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners, Held Online
April 17, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners, Held Online
May 27, Fri – 28, Sat WORKSHOP
Mt. Tanzawa UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
June 12, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners, Held Online
July 24, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners, Held Online
Oct. 14, Fri – 15, Sat WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Tanzawa Area; 1 Night and 2 Days
Oct. 22, Sat – 23, Sun STAFF’S SPECIALITY
Bike Packing and Camping; 1 Night and 2 Days, Site TBA
Nov. 3, Thu (National Holiday) – 6, Sun PRACTICE
Kanto UL Hiking Practice; 3 Nights and 4 Days
Jan. 15, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners, Held Online
March 5, Sun STAFF’S SPECIALITY
Yamatomichi Repair Workshop

HLC Kansai

April 9, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 14, Sat – 15, Sun WORKSHOP
Mt. Hira UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
June 5, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Choishimichi Local Study Hiking
Aug. 11, Thu (National Holiday) LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
Sep. 10, Sat – 11, Sun WORKSHOP
Daiko Mountains UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
Nov. 19, Sat – 21, Sun PRACTICE
Takashima Trail Hiking Practice; 2 Nights and 3 Days
Jan. 7, Sat GUEST SEMINAR
Recollections of UL Hiking in the Long Trail
March 5, Sun – 6, Mon AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE
Fastpacking in Koheji Trail; 1 Night and 2 Days

HLC Shikoku

April 17, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 28, Sat – 29, Sun WORKSHOP
Mt. Miune UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
June 12, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
July 30, Sat – 31, Sun WORKSHOP
Mt. Saragamine UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
Aug. 27, Sat – 28, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Shimanto River Bike Packing/Camping; 1 Night and 2 Days
Sep. 30, Fri – Oct. 2, Sun PRACTICE
Mt. Ishizuchi Long Trail UL Hiking Practice; 2 Nights and 3 Days
Nov. 13, Sun LECTURE
Yamatomichi Winter UL Hiking for Beginners
March 19, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Shikoku Pilgrimage Local Study Hiking

HLC Taiwan

April 23, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
May 21, Sat – 22, Sun WORKSHOP
Hualien Walami UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days
Sep. 3, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
Oct. 22, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners
Nov. 19, Sat – 20, Sun WORKSHOP
UL Hiking Workshop in Lake Songluo, Yilan; 1 Night and 2 Days
Dec. 16, Fri – 18 Sun PRACTICE
UL Hiking Practice in Jiemaosi, Taitung; 2 Nights and 3 Days
March 18, Sat LECTURE
Yamatomichi Winter UL Hiking for Beginners

HLC Program Descriptions

The LECTURE offers the event of classroom-style lectures on Yamatomichi UL hiking methodology. It is broadcasted online from Kamakura. It is also held offline in several places in Japan. The WORKSHOP is a 2-day/1-night UL hiking onsite program. Participants will be able to test what they learned at “Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners” in the field. The PRACTICE, the climax of the year’s HLC events, includes a challenging hike in which participants work in teams with ambassadors to explore the possibilities of UL hiking. Other programs include AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE, GUEST SEMINAR, and LOCAL STUDY HIKING.

LECTURE

The LECTURE, the classroom-style program, is the gateway to Yamatomichi HLC and aims to provide an overview of UL hiking in the mountains and our methodology. The program is offered 3 or 4 times a year in several areas with seasonal content and is also available online at HLC Kamakura. This LECTURE is also a requirement for participation in the WORKSHOP and other programs. We encourage you to join online or offline, in a way that is convenient for you.

“Yamatomichi UL Hiking for Beginners” etc.

WORKSHOP

The WORKSHOP is a 2-day/1-night workshop-style program to learn UL hiking tips onsite. The hiking distance and duration will be short, and there will be time for presentations by ambassadors and discussions with participants along the way to deepen the understanding of UL hiking. The program is scheduled to be held twice a year in several areas at different times of the year.

“UL Winter Hiking Workshop in Niseko Haute Route; 1 Night and 2 Days” “Michinoku Coastal Trail UL Hiking Workshop; 1 Night and 2 Days” “UL Hiking Workshop in Oku-Nikko; 1 Night and 2 Days” etc.

PRACTICE

The PRACTICE is the climax event of the yearly Yamatomichi HLC for those who have already participated in the HLC programs in the past. Here, ambassadors and participants work as one team to complete challenging hikes.

“Mt. Horojiri UL Hiking Practice; 2 Nights and 3 Days” “UL Hiking Practice in Iwate and Akita; 2 Nights and 3 Days” “Kanto UL Hiking Practice; 3 Nights and 4 Days” etc.

AMBASSADOR’S SIGNATURE

This is a program that combines UL hiking with other activities in each ambassador’s area of expertise, such as bike packing, fastpacking, backcountry skiing, headwaters fishing, etc. The essence of UL hiking added, each activity will have new possibilities.

“Fishing Trip in Upstream of Naka River; 1 Night and 2 Days” “Fastpacking in Koheji Trail; 1 Night and 2 Days” “Shimanto River Bike Packing/Camping; 1 Night and 2 Days” etc.

GUEST SEMINAR

In this program, various guests are invited to each session to learn knowledge and methodology useful for hikers, such as meals for hikers, making your own gear, experiences in the long trail hiking, etc.

“A Day to Talk about the Brown Bears” “UL Hiking in Historical Trail of Sanriku-city; 1 Night and 2 Days” “Recollections of UL Hiking in the Long Trail” etc.

LOCAL STUDY HIKING

This program provides new insights and perspectives on trails and mountains by knowing the local attractions and learning about the history and background of the area through walking, a hiker’s specialty.

“Local Study Hiking in Mt. Kogashi” “Shikoku Pilgrimage Local Study Hiking” etc.

STAFF'S SPECIALITY

This is exclusive to HLC Kamakura, by our staff with full of knowledge and experience in UL hiking and many other areas. Come build a hiking community with our staff and fellow Yamatomichi HLC members!

“Bike Packing and Camping; 1 Night and 2 Days, Site TBA” “Yamatomichi Repair Workshop” etc.

Yamatomichi HLC Hiking Festival

The “Yamatomichi Festival” is a festival by hikers, for hikers.

The first event in 2019, held in HLC Tohoku’s hometown of Mt. Iwate, was a great success beyond our expectations. We were preparing to hold the next event in 2020 in Mt. Ishizuchi in Shikoku, which was sadly canceled due to the Covid-19 outbreak before the official announcement. In 2021, we planned to hold the Festival in Mt. Ishizuchi again and officially announced it on our website. We received many applications, but due to the declaration of the State of Emergency, we had to cancel the event again one month before the event.

Although the impact of the Covid-19 continues in 2022, we are working in the best way possible and are preparing for the event.

The venue will be, again, Mt. Ishizuchi in Shikoku as planned two years ago. It is the highest peak in western Japan. It is surrounded by the Ishizuchi Long Trail, which stretches approximately 60 km from east to west, and other interesting trails to hike. A shuttle bus service will be available for participants to reach difficult-to-access trailheads.

The venue, Ishizuchi Ski Resort, is located halfway up Mt. Ishizuchi, at an altitude of 1300 meters. We will offer many events where participants enjoy Shikoku, have a great time with other participants.

See you in Mt. Ishizuchi, this year, definitely!

Yamatomichi HLC Hiking Festival

Date: September 2022
Venue: Ishizuchi Ski Resort (Saijo City, Ehime)
Capacity: 300 people
Participation fee: Free of charge (an additional ¥2000 venue rental fee will be collected)

*Schedules and details may be changed due to the Covid-19.
*For details of Yamatomichi HLC Hiking Festival, please check the below movie.

Yamatomichi HLC PLACE

Yamatomichi HLC PLACE is the hub for our HLC activities in each area. It will serve as a place to hold programs, meet and exchange knowledge with other UL hikers.

Hokkaido Region

Camp&Go
〒044-0051 Hokkaido, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho, Kita 1jo Nish,i 3-11
https://campandgo.jp/

Tohoku Region

Knotty
〒028-3318 Iwate, Shiwa-gun, Shiwa-cho, Shiwa Chuo Eki-mae, 2-3-94, Ogar center
TEL:019-601-5512
http://knottysports.com/

Kita-kanto Region

lunettes
〒325-0051 Tochigi, Nasushiobara-shi, Toyomachi, 8-37
TEL:0287-74-2405
https://www.lunettes-yamanodouguya.com/

Kamakura Region

Yamatomichi Laboratory
〒248-0013 Kanagawa, Kamakura, Zaimokuza, 1-13-16
https://www.yamatomichi.com

Kansai Region

Taninokisha Mountain Gear
〒542-0012 Osaka City, Chuo-ku, Tanimachi 7-1-25
TEL:06-4305-7600
https://www.instagram.com/taninoki_yamadougu/

Shikoku Region

T-mountain
〒790-0004 Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City, Okaido, 3-8-12, Honda Building 1F
TEL:089-946-2936
http://www.t-mountain.com/

Taiwan

samplus
2F, No. 11, Lane 107, Sec. 1, Fuxing South Road, Daan District, Taipei, Taiwan
https://www.yamatomichi.com/stores/7277/

Ambassadors & Project Directors

Below, are the local ambassadors and project directors that work with Yamatomichi, and make HLC possible. They are dedicated to building local hiking communities through programs in their areas of expertise.

HLC Hokkaido

Yoshitaka Toge

HLC Hokkaido Ambassador & Owner of Coffee Shop Sprout

Yoshitaka moved to Niseko, Hokkaido in 2009 to open the SPROUT coffee shop, and in 2019 he opened Camp&Go, a place where you can enjoy coffee and the outdoors. He currently spends his time studying coffee, hiking, skiing, kayaking, and being active in the Niseko mountain range.

HLC Tohoku

Hiroki Ueno

HLC Tohoku Ambassador & Outdoor Shop Knotty Owner

Hiroki moved to New York in his teens, and became immersed in dance and street culture. After returning to Japan, he rediscovered the mountains that he had been familiar with as a child and began enjoying nature all year long through hiking, bag-country skiing, climbing, trail running, and river trekking. He established the outdoor store "Knotty" in Shiwa-machi, Iwate Prefecture, to promote safe and fun mountain activities, and is constantly striving to find a sense of groove with nature, mountains, and people.

HLC Kita-kanto

Tomoyuki Meguriya

HLC Kita-kanto Ambassador & Outdoor Shop Lunnetes Staff

When Tomoyuki was 20 years old, he climbed Mt. Nasu with a friend and was left with inexpressible feelings. Tomoyuki first encountered UL culture when he picked up a Yamatomichi Sacoche. Around the same time, he also discovered the beauty of making his own gear, and found joy in going hiking with tools that he had made by hand. After retiring from a camera manufacturer, he joined the staff of LUNETTES. Besides hiking, he is also into fly fishing and telemark skiing.

HLC Kansai

Yuji Nakagawa

HLC Kanzai Ambassador & Owner of Taninokisha Mountain Gear

While wandering around with a camera in hand, Yuji became fascinated by the lifestyle and culture of mountain tribes in Tibet, Karakoram, Ladakh and their overwhelming landscapes. In April 2020, he opened his own shop, Yamadogu Taninokisha, while running an apparel company that sales handicrafts from around Asia and the Middle East. His favorite thing to do is explore mountains and drink hard liquor while camping with ultralight gear.

HLC Shikoku

Tetsu Kanno

HLC Shikoku Ambassador & Outdoor Shop T-mountain Owner

Tetsu, a loving father of three girls, runs a mountain gear store “T-mountain,” at the foot of Matsuyama Castle in Shikoku. He loves to run, climb, board, and hike mountains, and has been traveling to major mountains in Japan and abroad since his twenties. In recent years, he has found a deep connection in the mountains he grew up around, in his local area in Shikoku.

HLC Taiwan

John Lin

HLC Taiwan Ambassador

After studying Western mountaineering techniques at the Yamnuska Mountain Skills Semester in Canada, he returned home and founded the Miasan Outdoor Center, where he teaches hiking and snow mountaineering and manages mountain lodges. For more than 20 years, he has been learning how to live closer to nature from the indigenous Bunong people of Taiwan, and has a deep knowledge of permaculture.

Hideki Toyoshima

Yamatomichi HLC Project Leader

While engaged in creative activities such as art production, spatial composition, curation, and event planning, Hideki is currently working as a member of “gm projects.” He is also the founder of "Happy Hikers", a group of Yamatomichi friends in Kyushu. In addition to hiking, he is also into telemark skiing and climbing. As a vegetarian, he is addicted to South Indian food, and enjoys growing banana leaves to make meal plates. He lives in Fukuoka with his wife (though they are not around much).

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