DAY 1 Kamikochi Walk
Your guide will pick up from your Matsumoto accommodation in the morning and transfer you to Kamikochi. We can arrange pickup from other places. Please contact us for quote.
Kamikochi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountains range and is the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps. This is a very popular place for mountain trekking. You have three walking options to choose to fit your fitness levels.
Option 1 walking distance: approx. 4.2 km, 1.5 hours. Route: Taisho Pond - Tashiro Marsh Wetland - Hotaka and Tashiro Bridge - Azusa River - Kappa Bridge
Option 2 walking distance: approx. 10.5 km, 3 - 4 hours. Route: Taisho pond - Tashiro Marsh Wetland - Hotaka and Tashiro Bridge - Azusa River - Myojin Bridge - Myojin Pond- Dakesawa Marshland - Kappa Bridge
Option 3 walking distance: approx. 13.3 km, 5 - 6 hours. Route: Kappa bridge - Furu Pond - Tokusawa - Myojin/Myojin Pond - Nature Tour Track - Dakasawa Marshaland
Each course will take you to some of the best scenic spots in Kamikochi and you can fully appreciate nature.
Main Scenic Spots:
is one of the most popular scenic points in Kamikochi. It was formed in the year 1915 when the volcano Yakedake (still active) erupted and formed a natural dam on the Kamikochi River. The reflections of Mt. Hotaka and Yakedake beautifully appear on the surface of pond against clear sky.
Passing Taisho Pond and following hiking trail in the deep forest for a short distance, Tashiro Pond
suddenly appears. one of Kamikochi's most scenic spots, is a small pond surrounded by marshland. Clear water reflects beautiful sky and towering mountains. Various wild flowers covers the edge of the pond in every season.
Tashiro Bridge & Hotaka Bridge
are both well-designed and environmentally-friendly bridges, made of Japanese larch and cypress. The magnificent view of Yakedake and Hotakadake can be seen from the shoal of Azusa River between Tashiro and Hotaka Bridges.
is a wooden suspension bridge and known as a symbolic presence of Kamikochi situated in the center of Kamikochi. A perfect observation desk where you can overlook the stunning Japanese Alps including summits of Nishihotakadake, Okuhotakadake and Myojindake, towering mountains over 3000 meters above sea level. Look toward the downstream, Yakedake with slight smoke coming out from its volcanic activity.
Walk along Azusa River from Kappa Bridge for about one hour, you will reach Myojin Pond
. The crystal clear water is always spring out from under ground and have great significance to the Shinto religion which holds nature as a central object of worship. The scenery of Myojin Pond is reminded of Japanese Zen garden with Hotaka Shrine Inner Alter located by the pond, bamboo bush along the lakeside, and the reflection of Mt. Myojindake and natural rocks spotted on the lake.
After conclude the walk, your guide will drop you off at Hotel Shirakabaso.
Your accommodation is by the famous Kappabashi-bridge. Your Japanese/western style room offers spectacular view of the Hotaka mountain. Enjoy the traditional multi-course dinner featuring fresh fish and mountain vegetables from the mountain area.
Western / Japanese
Twin beds / Futon
Ensuite western style