This private tour to the Japan Alps provides a scenic view of Japan like few others.
NOTE: Available only 15th APR to 15th NOV due to weather conditions.
- Taisho Pond (romantic pond in Kamikochi)
- Kappa Bashi Bridge (Monumental bridge in Kamikochi)
- Hirayu no Mori Onsen (Hot Spring)
|Depart From||Nagano , Takayama|
|Meeting Point||At your hotel in the Takayama Area|
|Ending Point||At your hotel in the Takayama Area|
|Departure||09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Languages||English (License), Thai (Fluent), French (Intermediate)|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||3 ~ 6|
What to Expect:
Kamikochi (上高地) is a popular resort in the Northern Japan Alps of Nagano Prefecture, offering some of Japan’s most spectacular mountain scenery. It has been preserved in its natural state within Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. It is designated as one of Japan’s National Cultural Assets, on the list of Special Natural Monuments and Special Places of Scenic Beauty. It is sometimes referred to as the “Japanese Yosemite Valley,” although it is considerably smaller than its Californian counterpart.
Kamikochi is a high mountain valley approximately 18 kilometers in length. The average elevation of the Kamikochi mountain valley is roughly 1,500m above sea level. It is located in the “Northern Alps” of the Japanese Alps. The surrounding mountains reach 3,000m. You can view the third highest mountain in Japan from this site. Kamikochi is bordered on its northern end by Mount Hotaka, and on its southern end by Mount Yake, an active volcano.
There are quite a few pretty hotels and lodges to stay near Kamikochi Bus Terminal or Kappa Bridge. Some hotels have onsen hot springs open to public.
In the 19th Century a British missionary named Mr. Weston visited this wonderful mountain, and he introduced this mountain ranges to Europe as the “Japan Alps”. You can find memorial monuments of Mr. Weston near bus terminal, and they also celebrate the “Weston Festival” in June every year for the memorial.
Kamikochi could be a good base for further mountaineering locations such as Mt. Yake, Mt. Hishi, Mt. Hotaka, Mt. Dakesawa, and many others. It takes around 7-8 hours to climb these mountains starting from the Kamikochi bus terminal, and you will need proper mountaineering or trekking gear to reach the summit.
The reserve is open from mid-April to mid-November, and shuts down during winter. By car or bus it is around 1 hour from Takayama. For those interested in trekking but not mountaineering, there are a variety of trekking courses.
- Guide fee (Certified English Tour Guide accompanying you all throughout the tour. Also fluent in French/Thai/Japanese).
- Pick-up and send-off in your hotel in the Takayama Area.
- Land Transport from Takayama to Hirayu area by hired van with a driver (round-trip).
- Transfer shuttle from Hirayu-Kamikochi (30 mins, round-trip).
What’s not included:
Why do we have to use the public shuttle bus for accessing Kamikochi?
The entry of private cars is restricted by the government in Kamikochi’s resort area throughout the year. Anyone who goes to Kamikochi has to take a public shuttle bus or hired taxi from the Hirayu area.