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.
Flowing through the heart of Kamikochi, the Azusa River is sourced from Mt. Yarigatake,
which is the fifth highest mountain in Japan. The river is so clean that you can see the riverbed.
The mountain ridge and crystal clear river that turns emerald-green depending on the weather have charmed countless numbers of visitors.
The water from Shimizu River is so clean and delicious that it is used as drinking water in Kamikochi.
It was also selected by the Nagano Government as one of the famous water sources.
It is an important water source that gives life to all the people of Kamikochi.
Tashiro Pond is formed by underground water from Mt. Kazumizawa, spreading over a patch of grassland in the heart of a primitive forest.
It is a picturesque scene with several small islands in the middle of the pond. Because the water is from underground spring water, the temperature remains unchanged throughout the year.
The volcanic explosion of Mt. Yakedake in 1915 resulted in a landslide that blocked the path of the Azusa River and formed Taisho Pond.
The combination of trees that have withered on the stalk and continue to withstand the test of time after more than a hundred years, as well as the morning haze that occurs on less windy days in summer time, is a must see in Kamikochi.
Myojin Pond was once a path of Azusa River, but the collapse of gravel in Mt. Myojin-dake dammed up the river stream and formed
Ichino-ike and Nino-ike, two larger and smaller ponds.
The inner altar of Hotaka Shrine is located at the edge of the pond, creating a solemn and dream-like atmosphere that impresses anyone who visits.
Dakezawa Marsh was formed by the underground water from melted snow and rain falling over Mt. Dakezawa.
The water in Dakezawa Marsh flows at a constant temperature all year round, so it never freezes over, even in the winter. Also, this marsh does not get muddy, despite the heavy rain. Early summer is the best time to see day lilies and Japanese azalea bloom in profusion.
All images shown are for illustration purposes only.