I've been living in Japan for many years and have done all or part of most of the hikes in this book. The introductory material is interesting and useful, and the text is consistently candid and well-written. The photocopied pages that I carry with me on the trips continue to be excellent company. Of course, it's also necessary to have detailed topographic maps such as those published by Shobunsha (recommended in this book). It's always wise to check the web for recent advice on practicalities, but the vast majority of information provided by Hunt is still very helpful, especially when you're on the trail. The hikes are rated in terms of difficulty and scenic value, and the descriptions are detailed enough to help you decide where to go and what to do when you get there. Fears of geological processes rendering this book out-of-date are sorely overstated. Fuji is still a tough slog, and Kamikochi is still spectacular. Wherever you choose to go, this book will make your trip safer, smoother, and more enjoyable.