"Kamikochi", Japan's best undiscovered destination
Welcoming more than 1.5 million travelers from every corner of the world, Kamikochi, one of Japan's leading mountain resorts, is situated in the area within Chubu Sangaku National Park and listed as a national cultural asset. It is said that a god that was originally enshrined at Hotaka Shrine came down to Mt. Hotakadake and was enshrined there. This is the story behind the name of Kamikochi, which means "the place where god descended". Owing to the beauty of its natural landscape, Kamikochi was appointed as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty, meaning it falls under thorough protection. It was also designated as a Special Natural Monument with particularly exceptional value. Kamikochi is one of the two places that hold both titles at once, together with Kurobe Gorge.
The Charms of Kamikochi 1
Anyone who comes to Kamikochi will marvel at the beauty of the river. The river water, nurtured by the great Northern Japan Alps over years, changes color depending on the weather each day. Come to see and feel it with your own senses.
The Charms of Kamikochi 2
The natural environment in Kamikochi has remained in perfect shape thanks to efforts to preserve the area. As a result, it is a habitat for several types of wildlife. You can hear the birds chirping, see the butterflies swirling and maybe bump into a squirrel or a serow while staying in Kamikochi. Here are 5 animals that represent Kamikochi.
The Charms of Kamikochi 3
Surrounded by greenery and far away from the din and bustle of big cities, Kamikochi is a place with crisp and clear air that you want to fill your lungs with to heal both mind and body. There are reasons why we can confidently assure you the air in Kamikochi is so fresh.
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"Kamikochi" is a place that the Japanese must have heard of or seen from somewhere before. It is also included on many people's travel bucket list. Those who have visited Kamikochi before wish to come back again to see Kamikochi in different seasons. The reason for this is laid behind the Azusa River scenery and towering mountains, waiting for you to find out by yourself.
The Charms of Kamikochi 5
When the darkness comes, the entire park becomes so quiet and calm, completely different from the bustling and lively daytime. There are very few people inside Kamikochi, which makes you feel like you own the place. Those who have never stayed here before would not understand.
Let's use Matsumoto as a gate town to get to Kamikochi by train or bus.
Direct bus service from Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto is also available.
Kamikochi is in the middle between Tokyo and Nagoya,
and is 5 hours away by bus and train from both cities.
A mountain resort with a very easy access.
Kamikochi is in the center of a very popular sightseeing area, including Matsumoto, Takayama, Tateyama Alpine Route and Shirakawago, which attract many tourists each year.
Takayama - Matsumoto
Kamikochi's surrounding area includes Matsumoto, Norikura, Shirahone Onsen and Hirayu Onsen. This area is blessed with many famous hot springs. It is one of the special features of this area.