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Overview

Get back to nature in Kamikochi, one of Japan’s most scenic places. Travel to the Japanese Alps, leaving the buzz of the modern world behind and entering a place where bicycles are the only mode of transport. Trek through the hills to admire spectacular landscapes and breathe fresh mountain air.

Trip Highlights

Kamikochi Escape

Trek along the Azusa River

Enjoy an easy nature walk along the Azusa, stopping to admire volcanic ponds and crossing scenic suspension bridges.

Admire the Japanese Alps

Stay in Kamikochi highland valley, surrounded by panoramic views of the majestic Hida Mountain range.

Enjoy local traditional dinners

Each night includes a fresh, multi-course meal which includes locally-grown produce.

Itinerary

1

Arrive in Kamikochi

Takayama/Matsumoto to Kamikochi area: 90-100 mins (bus; via Hirayu Onsen)Taisho Pond to Kappa Bridge: 65 mins (walk)Kappa Bridge to Myojin Bridge: 50 mins (walk)Myojin Pond to Kappa Bridge: 70 mins (walk)Kappa Bridge to Hotaka Bridge: 20 mins (walk)

Today is a self-guided day.

Start the day early in Kamikochi, a popular region in the valleys of Matsumoto known for its pristine Azusa-gawa River and surrounding Japan Alps.

Begin the explorations along Taisho-ike Pond, boasting mirror-like waters reflecting the Hotaka Mountain Range and Mt. Yakedake, an active volcano that stands at 2,455 meters above sea level.

Continue walking towards the bus terminal, passing by Tashiro Marsh. Restrooms and food stalls are available for a quick break.

Just nearby is Kappabashi Bridge, offering one of the most picturesque views of the entire Kamikochi area.

From this point, another hour of trekking heads to Myojin-bashi Bridge, the gateway to Hotaka-jinja Shrine and Myojin-ike Pond. There is a small dining place here called Kamonji-goya that serves grilled freshwater fish and soba.

The trail from the Myojin area back to the opposite side of Kappa-bashi is another hour of nature trekking that runs through the serene woods of this well-protected national park.

Overnight in Kamikochi

2

Depart from Kamikochi

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure before catching the bus departing from Kamikochi back to Takayama or Matsumoto.

Important Information

 Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in twin room with daily breakfast (for ryokan, minshuku, and other traditional accommodation, rooms are Japanese-style with futon and meals are half board).
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tickets to and from Kamikochi (non-reserved seats only).

Our Services Do Not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Guides and/or entrance fees.
  • Local transport other than mentioned above (e.g. tourist bus in Matsumoto).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature).
  • Travel insurance (please see below).
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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