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Still undecided about which direction to head in and what to do once you get there? If you seek English-language guidance or simply want to enjoy outings with like-minded people, then check out the International Adventure Club, a Tokyo-based voluntary club that hosts regular outings.

If you seek English-language guidance or simply want to enjoy outings with like-minded people, then check out the International Adventure Club, a Tokyo-based voluntary club that hosts regular outings.

Past activities have included heli-skiing on Hakuba, a hike up Mount Nakimushiyama near Nikko, beach camping and even a wine-tasting hike. Around Golden Week, club members will be going on a diving trip in Puerto Galera, Philippines, and a weeklong walk on the Kumano Kodo, an ancient pilgrimage route near Kyoto.

Even if you don’t join up today, at least browse through the extensive outdooring resources available on IAC’s bilingual Web site ( www.iac-tokyo.org ).

For outdoor lovers in the Kansai area, there is the International Outdoor Club, a sister group which hosts similar outings. For more information, see its Web site (www.geocities.com/io-kansai).

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is strongly requesting that residents and visitors exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.