Travelog

Explore the beauty of nature,
cultural heritage and interesting places in Nagano prefecture.

A day trip climbing the active volcano “Mt. Yake”

A day trip climbing the active volcano “Mt. Yake”

For anyone who loves trekking, mountain climbing or the outdoor, please gather here! Kamikochi has so much more to offer than just Kappa Bridge. In this blog, We’ll take everyone on a mountain climbing journey to “Mt. Yake” (or Yakedake), an active volcano of the Northern Alps located 2,455m above sea level. Mt. Yake can be climbed as a day trip, so it’s very popular as it serves as an introduction to the Northern Alps.

Winter Trekking in Kamikochi

Winter Trekking in Kamikochi

Kamikochi is known to be closed during winter. Well, it is not completely true. Closing period (Nov. 16 – Apr. 16) means that all the shops and hotels inside Kamikochi are closed and the bus service to Kamikochi is not operated. If you wish to see Kamikochi in winter, the only way to do so is to walk or snowshoe to Kamikochi by yourself.

An interview with a bilingual tour guide for a bus bound for Kamikochi

An interview with a bilingual tour guide for a bus bound for Kamikochi

“Conducting bus tours as a bilingual tour guide was my calling”, says Evangeline Kawakami who came to Japan se・・・

Photographer Hisanori Sasahara’s ten-year love affair with the unique beauty of Kamikochi’s landscape

Photographer Hisanori Sasahara’s ten-year love affair with the unique beauty of Kamikochi’s landscape

“Photographing Kamikochi has changed my life”, said photographer Hisanori Sasahara who has been visiting the K・・・