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.

Join us Friday April 16th at Rinko Park in Yokohama, (map) as I start to 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


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.

As part of the kickoff event, I will lead a walking meditation in Rinko Park. Let’s meet at 9am Friday April 16th 2021 on the concrete circle in Rinko Park.

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

👉🏿 Let’s enjoy riding roller coasters in Yomiuriland!
👉🏿 Anyone want to try the bungee? It’s not that tall!

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.


(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:


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!


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!