Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 4, 2013 3:20 AM Last Post By: joolsc100
May 1, 2013 10:33 AM
May 1, 2013 12:19 PM
1The dinner+bed+breakfast option is pretty common in Japan for ryokan and some minshuku. As for eateries, I don't remember seeing many, but I did not really spend much time in "downtown Kamikochi" when going hiking in the area. If there are any restaurants I would expect them to serve mostly daytime visitors (i.e. lunch only).
By "walking in Kamikochi", do you really mean "walking" as opposed to "hiking"? Not sure whether there are enough "walking" options to keep you busy for 3 days. The river valley makes for a fine walk, but IMO one day would be enough for this.
On the other hand you have one of the best Japanese hiking near Kamikochi and if you are reasonably fit it would be a pity to miss it (assuming you like hiking) Most famous is probably the 3 day hike Kamikochi-Yarigadake-Daikiretto-Hotakedake, where you spend two nights in mountain huts at an altitude of around 3000 m.
May 2, 2013 12:20 PM
May 2, 2013 1:38 PM
3There are several threads on thorntree covering this hike (e.g. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2214918). Mountain huts don't need advance reservation unless you are in a large group. You sleep on the floor, so there will always be space to squeeze in.
The hike is also covered in the lp Hiking in Japan book and a google search should also turn up some trip reports.
I did the first two days of the hike (Yarigatake, Daikiretto), but had to modify day 3 (Hotakedake) due to weather conditions. If you have any questions, don't hesitate...
May 4, 2013 3:20 AM
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