Kamikochi, Japanese Alps

Kamikochi Japan – There’s more to do in Japan than just city walks and awesome merchandise purchasing. Depending on what time of the year you plan your trip for, you might be able to enjoy some fun in the sun and experience a more natural side of Japan! If you’re absolutely enamored with the sights and sounds of the city of Tokyo, don’t worry! Kamikochi is just a short distance away from the big city, meaning you can make a nice day trip or multi-day getaway to recharge your batteries before heading back to the hustle and bustle that Tokyo is so famous for! read more
Hiking in Japan Kamikochi, Japanese Alps Kamikochi is a popular resort area that is open from mid-April to mid-November and offers a great hike along the Azusa River Valley surrounded by mountains reaching more than 9,000 ft and an active volcano.
Kamikochi is especially popular during the summer vacation months and also during foliage week in the fall. Wildlife such as monkeys and birds can be seen in the trail during calmer months.
The main trail in Kamikochi is pretty easy (flat to slight incline), well-marked and every couple of miles there are restrooms and food areas. It’s a great place for a nice walk or a multi-day trip in Japan. Read more
In much of Japan it’s hard to swing a dead cat without hitting the side of a mountain. And while every peak and range in Japan comes with its own character, only a few places offer something truly unique. Kamikochi, up in the northern Alps just west of downtown Matsumoto, is one of those places.
A thousand meters above Matsumoto Castle, the alpine scenery of Kamikochi has made this otherwise flat, narrow valley one of the area’s most popular and sought-out destinations. The hordes used to come by car, until the congestion became too much; now they fill the buses growling up and down Route 158. With their arrival at the sprawling bus terminal they spill out into the heat and make haste for the short walk through the woods and over to the swirling scene at Kappa-bashi Bridge. Read more

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