Haiji Blog

Hiking Japan, one mountain at a time.


An avid hiker, language enthusiast, and historian, Haiji writes this blog to share his hiking stories and photos. Born and raised in rural Missouri, Haiji grew up wandering the Ozarks, hiking and camping with his family. After graduating valedictorian from high school, he moved to New York City where he studied history at Fordham University. As a Fulbright scholar, he spent 3 years living in South Korea while teaching English in the South Jeonnam province, and after finishing his final year there he began his masters studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Currently residing in Japan, he is working on completing the 1,700+ kilometer Kanto Fureai Trail as well as climbing the country’s 100 Famous Mountains. Follow his blog for weekly posts of hiking stories filled with photos of the beautiful Japanese countryside, and, if you find these stories and photos valuable, please subscribe on Patreon to make sure he can keep up the hard work.