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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

May 8, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
June 12, Sat – 13, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Niseko Haute Route UL Hike; 1night/2days
July 3, Sat – 4, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”&pop-up store
July 9, Fri – 11, Sun UL HIKING PRACTICE
Shiretoko UL Hike; 2nights/3days
Aug. 28, Sat – 29, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Niseko Loop Run Session
Sep. 4, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Oct. 28, Sat – 29, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Niseko Local Study Hike; 1night/2days
Nov. 13, Sat – 14, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”&pop-up store
Dec. 18, Sat – 19, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Niseko Haute Route UL Hike (snow season); 1night/2days
Feb. 26, Sat GUEST SEMINAR
ZERODAY, Mr. and Mrs. Osuga’s John Muir Trail

HLC Tohoku

April 24, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
May 2, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
June 26, Sat – 27, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Michinoku Shiokaze Trail UL Hike; 1night/2days
July. 17, Sat – 18, Sun UL HIKING PRACTICE
Michinoku Shiokaze Trail UL Hike 2nights/3days
Aug. 8, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Sep. 25, Sat – 26, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Michinoku Shiokaze Trail Local Study Hike; 1night/2days
Nov. 20, Sat – 21, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Mt. Mituishi Hut UL Hike; 1night/2days
Dec. 12, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”
Jan. 29, Sat – 30, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Snow Tent Camping UL Hike; 1night/2days
March 29, Sat – 30, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Back Country sking&snowboarding; 1night/2days

HLC Kanto

April 17, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
June 12, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
July 3, Sat – 4, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Oze UL Hike; 1night/2days
Aug. 21, Sat – 22, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Naka River stream fishing; 1night/2days
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Oct. 15, Fri – 17, Sun UL HIKING PRACTICE
Nikko UL Hike; 2nights/3days
Dec. 4, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”
Feb. 6, Sun GUEST SEMINAR
MYOG Workshop
March 5, Sat – 6, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Mt. Nasu UL Hike; 1night/2days

HLC Kamakura

May 16, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
June 20, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
Aug. 28, Sat UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
July 30, Sat – Aug. 1, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Mt. Yatsugatake UL Hike; 1night/2days
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Oct. 9, Sat – 11, Mon (Holiday) UL HIKING PRACTICE
Okuchichibu UL Hike; 2nights/3days
Dec. 12, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”
March 6, Sun GUEST SEMINAR
Yamatomichi Ichiro Kitajima’s Repair Workshop

HLC Kansai

April 18, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
May 29, Sat – 30, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Mt. Hira UL Hike; 1night/2days
Aug. 11, Wed GUEST SEMINAR
Food workshop by Azuma Higashi from Yamashokuon
Sep. 12, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Oct. 24, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Chosekimichi・Nyoninmichi Introduction to fastpacking
Nov. 21, Sun – 22, Mon UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Odaka Mountain Range UL Hike; 1night/2days
Dec. 9, Thu UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”
March 12, Sat – 14, Mon UL HIKING PRACTICE
Suzuka Seven Mountains UL Hike; 2nights/3days

HLC Shikoku

April 18, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
May 29, Sat – 30, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Mt. Tsurugisan UL Hike; 1night/2days
June 20, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi”
July 3, Sat – 4, Sun UL HIKING WORKSHOP
Kamegamori UL Hike; 1night/2days
Aug. 28, Sat – 29, Sun AMBASSADOR'S SIGNATURE
Shimandogawa bikepacking & camping; 1night/2days
Sep. 19, Sun – 20, Mon (Holiday) HLC Hiking Festival 2021
Shikoku Mt. Ishizuchi
Oct. 22, Fri – 24, Sun UL HIKING PRACTICE
Mt. Ishizuchi UL Hike; 2nights/3days
Dec. 5, Sun UL HIKING LECTURE
“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi (snow season)”
March 26, Sat – 27, Sun LOCAL STUDY HIKING
Shimanami Kaido bikepacking & hiking 1night/2days

HLC Program Descriptions

Starting in 2021 we have simplified our main programs into three categories, “UL Hiking Lecture,” “UL Hiking Workshop,” and “UL Hiking Practice.” Allowing you to easily find and join the program you want. For added fun, our ambassadors also share their unique skills in our “Ambassador’s Signature” and we offer “Guest Lectures” and “Local Study Hikes” for added local flavor too.

UL Hiking Lecture

An introduction to the Yamatomichi UL way of hiking. Designed to provide an overview of UL hiking in a lecture-style format. Lectures will be held three to four times a year in each region.

“Introduction to UL Hiking by Yamatomichi” etc.

UL Hiking Workshop

A two-day workshop designed to teach UL hiking in the field. The hiking distance and time are intentionally kept short, and includes presentations by ambassadors and discussions to deepen the understanding of UL hiking more concretely.

“Niseko Haute Route UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Michinoku Shiokaze Trail UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Oze UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Odaka Mountain Range UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Mt. Tsurugisan UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Mt. Yatsugatake UL Hike; 1night/2days” etc.

UL Hiking Practice

This program, a comprehensive UL hiking training session, is aimed towards those that have prior experience with HLC events. You will partner up with ambassadors, take on the challenge as a team, and practice the art of UL hiking.

“Shiretoko UL Hike; 2nights/3days” “Michinoku Shiokaze Trail UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Nikko UL Hike; 2nights/3days” “Suzuka Seven Mountains UL Hike; 2nights/3days” “Mt. Ishizuchi UL Hike; 2nights/3days” “Okuchichibu UL Hike; 2nights/3days” etc.

Ambassador's Signature

A program of activities in each ambassador’s area of expertise, such as bikepacking, fastpacking, backcountry skiing, and stream fishing. All highly compatible with the art of UL hiking.

“Niseko Loop Run Session” “Snow Tent Camping UL Hike; 1night/2days” “Naka River stream fishing; 1night/2days” “Chosekimichi・Nyoninmichi Introduction to fastpacking” “Shimandogawa bikepacking & camping; 1night/2days” etc.

Guest Seminar

With a variety of guest lecturers, you will gain the knowledge and methodology to make hiking even more enjoyable, such as food choices for hikers, MYOG (Make Your Own Gear), repair, and long trail stories.

“ZERODAY, Mr. and Mrs. Osuga’s John Muir Trail” “Food workshop by Azuma Higashi from Yamashokuon” “Yamatomichi Ichiro Kitajima’s Repair Workshop”

Local Study Hiking

You will learn about the local attractions of each area as you hike. By learning about the history and background of the area, such as Shugendo mountain asceticism and abandoned mining ruins, this program will give you new insights and perspectives on trails and mountains.

“Niseko Local Study Hike; 1night/2days” “Michinoku Shiokaze Trail Local Study Hike; 1night/2days” “Shimanami Kaido, bikepacking & hiking” etc.

Yamatomichi HLC Hiking Festival

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

The “Yamatomichi Festival” was held for the first time in Mt. Iwate in 2019 was great fun. We received many positive comments from our participants and had prepared for another festival in 2020, but because of COVID-19, we had to bite the bullet and cancel the festival.

While COVID-19 is still a concern, we are hoping to host the festival in September, and are looking for creative ways to keep the festival safe and fun for all participants.

Ishizuchi, one of Shikoku’s most famous peaks, will be the venue for the event. The Ishizuchi Long Trail, which stretches roughly 60 kilometers from east to west, makes it possible to spend several days walking along Shikoku’s ridges before joining us at the festival.

Come on down to explore the wonders of Shikoku with us. 

Yamatomichi HLC Hiking Festival 2021

Date: SEP. 19th (Sun) – SEP. 20th (Mon, Holiday)
Place: Mt. Ishizuchi area in Ehime Prefecture

*Schedules may be subject to change due to the effects of COVID-19.
*Details of the festival will be announced in the spring.

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 Kanto

Tomoyuki Meguriya

HLC 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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