Many of you may know that last year I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and wrote about my adventure. It was an amazing summer (and spring and autumn too) and I am currently settled back at my desk in New Zealand. Settled is probably the wrong word for it. I am here, that much is true. But I am looking for a new adventure and I’m looking at Japan. It’s early in the process at the moment but I am planning to walk from Cape Sata on the southern tip of Kyushu to Cape Soya on the northern tip of Hokkaido. The distance in comparable to the PCT but it is going to be a very different experience. The obvious difference is the language barrier. Though I did have problems in America at least I can read the labels on the side of packaged food. I know a little Japanese, enough to greet someone, ask them how many children they have or where Shinduko Avenue is, then thank them and leave. I can even ask if they want to have a drink at my place but this is not going to help me find food and shelter along the way. So I’m going to have to learn. I’ve got lessons on my iPod and a good book but I’ll really start learning when I get there. After the walk I hope to settle down there and maybe teach English for a while to fund my real activity which will be turning my walk into a well-documented official trail. The trail will also be very different physically from the PCT. Over there I was on a track beaten into the ground by thousands of other walkers. The guide book told me where to go, how far to the next water source and even mentioned good camping spots up ahead. In Japan I’ll be winging it almost the whole way. I will incorporate part of the 88 temple pilgrimage around Shikoku but other than that I’ll be making it up as I go along. Over the coming months I’ll be looking for other special sites to visit and sights to view so if you have any suggestions please let me know. I’m trying to stay out of major towns because city walking isn’t nearly as much fun as in the country side.