Mountain Holiday Tour
Kamikochi is a small basin some 1,500 meters above sea level on the upper stream area of the Azusa-gawa River in the in the Northern Japan Alps of Nagano, offering some of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery. It is open from mid/late April until November 15 and closed during winter. Kamikochi is a roughly 15 kilometer long plateau in the Azusa River Valley, about 1500 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by tall mountains.
The whole area is covered with virgin forests of birch and Japanese larch trees. The Taisho-ike, Tashiro-ike and Myojin-ike ponds are scattered throughout the forest and produce a beautiful landscape by reflecting the high-rising mountain peaks. In the early 20th century, Mt. Yake-dake erupted and dammed the Azusa-gawa River to form the pond, where trees now stand decayed in the blue water. The young leaves of birch trees are so beautiful in June that they are called a “light green mist,” and attract many tourists. The foliage is at its peak in October and many visitors travel there to admire its beauty.
The symbol of Kamikochi is the Kappa-bashi Bridge, a 36.6-meter-long and 3.1-meter-wide wooden suspension bridge over the Azusa-gawa River. With the Hotaka Mountain Range rising in front and the volcanic Mt. Yake-dake in the south billowing white smoke, Kappa-bashi is known as one of the most popular scenic areas with deep forest of Japanese larch trees.
JTB Mountain Holiday Tours – Kamikochi