Tokara expedition Okinawa – Shikoku Japan

January 15, 2007

tokara expedition map

1300km by kayak with a good English language website and some great pictures. here


The biography of Hyouichi Kohno:

Graduating from Misaki high school in Ehime Prefecture, he worked his way throughout Japan,  travelling by bicycle. In 1980, he left Osaka to travel all around the world. In Australia, he spent a couple of day in an English school then on by bicycle halfway around the Australian continent. From there, New Zealand, Canada, and America, including a 2,000 kilometer trip down the Yukon river in just 50 days, using rafts of rubber and timber.

In 1983 he succeeded in reaching the summit of Mt. McKinley (elevation 6,194 m). Walked cross country from Los Angeles to New York within 180 days. In 1984, he completed the Boston, New York and Honolulu marathons.

In 1985, in sequence, he climbed mountains of the 4,000 to 6,000 meters. Finally reaching South America‘s highest summit, Mt. Aconcagua (6,960 m) in 1986. Then he walked along the border of Patagonia.

In 1987, he challenged Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Although injured in the face by an ice block at 6,700 m altitude, he returned miraculously. Back to Japan in October 1987 he walked through the Japan Islands, a 3,000 km trek in 48 days. Then he succeeded to walk 5,000 km in 129 days through Sahara desert, Africa pulling the cargo trailer. Soon after this adventure, he decided to try walk to the North Pole.

He spent 5 years in polar training. In 1995 he reached the North Magnetic Pole by foot – a great step in his achievements. On March 4th, 1997, he started toward Ward Hunt Island. 60 days after, on May 2nd, he became the first Japanese adventurer to walk solo to the North Pole. The 780 km straight line distance, actually required more than 1,000 km because of the moving ice fields.

It goes on…


7 Responses to “Tokara expedition Okinawa – Shikoku Japan”

  1. Liver khan Says:

    nice site, did you climb Nanga Parbat?
    best regards,

  2. Liver thanks for your comment and no not me, Hyouichi Kohno. Sounds like he didn’t make the summit…

  3. Liver Khan Says:

    mountaineering and walking in the mountains, give peacefull feeling to us beacuse mountains are some thing that alwyas have spritual links for humenbeings,
    all the best who have sprit to exploe the beauty of nature,

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  5. Guy Munson Says:

    Your island hoping trip down southern Japan looks fanastic.
    I am planning to complete a sea kayaking trip from Tokoyo to Fiji and was wondering if you could give me same advise on the trip. I will be doing it solo and will be crossing from Okinawa to Taiwan as part of the trip. Do you have any advise for me going off your experience in the area? I will very much appreciate everything recieved from you, thanks again.

    Regards Guy.

    • Kieran Says:

      Hi Guy

      You probably figured out by now, this wasn’t me it was by Hyouichi Kohno.

      I recommend you speak to Leane and Rik
      They have done some big crossings around Okinawa and Japan and should have some good advice.

      I’m jealous of your idea, when I dream of kayaking I dream of that trip, going with the black current from Taiwan to Tokyo. Let us know how it goes. Do you have a blog?

  6. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and
    I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to provide one thing again and aid others
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