Finding your First Cache
Given it's your first geocaching adventure, we suggest trying a cache that is:
- Nearby, so you can go home for more clues if necessary
- Each cache has a difficulty rating from 1 to 5. Choose one that is rated as easy (1), so you have a good chance of finding it
- Recently found, so there's a good chance that the cache hasn't been lost or taken out of the game
Choose a cache
- Go to Geocaching.com's Google maps geocaching tool to find caches near you. You'll see a map of Japan.
- In the address box input your address and press "Enter"
- Note the rough location of the cache and write down the GPS coordinate. You might also want to write down any clues or hints given for the cache. Reading the comments of previous geocachers can also give you some hints.
This will list all the caches caches near the address you entered. You can then zoom in or zoom out to see more caches. On the right side of the web page you'll see a check box that says 'Show Numbers on Map', check the box. Now all the caches on the map will have numbers, and you can see the caches listed in a table. Clicking on a cache will pop-up a window that gives information on the cache such as difficulty, etc. To find an easy cache, look for one with low difficulty (suggested 1 or 1.5 stars).
Now that you've found a cache using the tool above you just need to get outside and find it! Using the Google map as a reference get yourself somewhere close to where the cache is hidden. Then using your GPS device to get as close to the cache as you can. Now comes the tricky and fun part! The final 10-100 meters can be the most difficult. It helps to think like the person who hid the cache. If there are stumps around, investigate around the base. Check for an unnatural pile of rocks. Some geocaches, especially in highly populated areas, are cleverly hidden with ingenious camouflage, so it helps to know something about the container used. Is it bigger than a shoebox or small like a film canister?
Found a cache and not sure what to do now?
Congratulations, you've found your first cache!
- Sign the cache's logbook with your name, the date, and a few words about your experience.
- Some caches contain trade-able items. This means you can take an item as long as you also leave an item in the cache. If you trade for items, remember to trade for something that is of equal or greater value
- Make sure to seal the cache and place it back exactly where and how you found it. If it had some rocks or some other covering it, please replace that also
- When you get home, log your experience online (read our guide to logging your find) by going back to that cache page and using the links provided. The cache owner is automatically notified of your log and is always happy to know about your adventure, the condition of their cache, and any environmental factors. Upload photos to share your experience visually with other geocachers