DAY 3 Kamikochi Walk
After breakfast head to Kamikochi by private car.
Kamikochi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountain 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 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, it is a small water way surrounded by marshland. Clear water reflects beautiful sky and towering mountains. Various wild flowers cover 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 deck where you can overlook the stunning Japanese Alps including summits of Nishihotakadake, Okuhotakadake and Myojindake.
Walk along Azusa River from Kappa Bridge for about one hour, and you will reach Myojin Pond
. The crystal clear water is always springing out from under ground and has great significance to the Shinto religion which holds nature as a central object of worship. The scenery of Myojin Pond is a reminder of a 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.
At the end of the walk, your guide will drop you off at Matsumoto or Takayama downtown or train station. You can catch a train from either Matsumoto or Takayama to Tokyo or Nagano.
* This itinerary is provided as an example only - prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation.