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Kamikochi is the crown jewel of the Japanese Alps. The scenic area is a basin at 1500 meters elevation. The Alps rise an additional 1500 meters from there, creating a stunningly magnificent background with the beautiful aquamarine Azusa River in the foreground. This is a very popular place for mountain trekking, and the traditional starting point is Kamikochi’s symbolic bridge, Kappa-bashi. Downriver is Taisho Pond whose waters provide picture-perfect reflections of the Hotaka Range. Upriver is mystical Myojin Pond. Many tourists just come for the day, but one of the best ways to enjoy Kamikochi is to spend the night and take an uncrowded evening or early morning stroll.

Location Kamikochi, Matsumoto City Map
TEL 0263-95-2606
FAX 0263-95-2611
Mail kamikochi-vc@mb.neweb.ne.jp
URL http://www.kamikochi.org/
Date(s) late April to late November (Official Opening Ceremony: April 27th)
Seasonal Info Autumn colored leaves: early-October - mid-October

Access and Parking


By Train:65 min Kamikochi bus from Shin Shima Shima Station (Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line)
By Car:34 km / 50 min from Matsumoto IC -> switch to shuttle bus at Sawando (30min ride)


Summer Activities

Superb Views

Nature Observation

Forests and Lakes

Autumn Leaves

Things to do

Mountain Climbing and Trekking

Mountains and Rivers

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