Welcome to Kamikōchi

It's feasible to visit as a day trip, but you'll miss out on the pleasures of staying in the mountains and taking uncrowded early-morning or late-afternoon walks. Stay overnight and savour the snowcapped peaks, bubbling brooks, wild monkeys, wildflowers and ancient forests.

Kamikōchi is closed from 15 November to 22 April. In midsummer and autumn-foliage season, the area around Kappa-bashi bridge may seem busier than Shinjuku Station.

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Kamikōchi activities

$105.29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Nagano Private Tour with Ryokan Accommodation

Nagano City is well-known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and while some of the former Olympic facilities can still be viewed in Nagano, the city has since evolved as a temple town revolving around the famous Zenkoji Temple, and is most visited during the Spring Season (for cherry blossoms), the Fall Season (for autumn foliage) and the Winter Season (for winter activities and for seeing the snow monkeys).On this tour, spend two days in Nagano exploring the city and enjoying what this quaint town has to offer. Your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up with a private vehicle at Nagano Train Station by 9:30 AM. On the route to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape of the Chikuma River, where you may also try local miso soup and see how local people eat in the area. Before arriving at the entrance of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy a 30 - 40 minute leisurely stroll through the forest path, where the guide will provide you with interesting facts about the snow monkeys and the park along the way. Once you enter the park, have some hot tea while observing the snow monkeys, many of which are bathing in the hot springs (onsen) to keep warm, especially during the cool months of autumn and winter. After an exciting morning at the park, visit Obuse Town (which is most well-known for being the home town of Japan's most famous artist and creator of the "Great Wave", Hokusai Katsushika), enjoy lunch in the area before walking around to explore the shops and try sake tasting.After a day at Obuse Town, head to Zenko-ji Temple (one of the most important and popular temples in Japan). Learn about the temple and how the locals pray for good fortune before heading to your traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) for the night. Just before your scrumptious traditional Japanese multi-course (kaiseki) dinner at the hotel, bid farewell to your tour guide (as you will have a free day to explore without the tour guide on the second day).Relax in a traditional onsen (hot spring) in the area of your hotel just before heading to bed and getting a good night's sleep. In the morning, enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast before checking out of your hotel and spend your free day (without the tour guide) further exploring the city or snowboarding/ skiing (highly recommended) in one of the nearby resorts. For those who would like to explore neighboring areas such as Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi, Hakuba, or other neighboring areas with a tour guide and private vehicle, the option is available as an add-on (additional cost) at booking. Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour:Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-MayAutumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-NovemberWinter Festivities: Early-December to Late-March

$82.31 Tours & Sightseeing

Day Trip to Kamikochi Mountain Resort from Tokyo

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tokyo Metropolitan Government BuildingYour exciting day trip begins with pickup at Tokyo Metropolitan Underground Car Park by coach. Meet with your tour conductor at okyo Metropolitan Underground Car Park.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Kamikochi Visitor Center, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuEnjoy your free time with nature. We will stay Kamikochi mountain for 4 hours.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Shinjuku Station West Exit Parking LotWhen the tour concludes, your coach will take you back to near Shinjuku Station West Exit. Duration: 5 minutes

$1200 Cultural & Theme Tours

KAMIKOCHI, Northern Japanese Alps - 6 Day Hiking Tour

ItineraryDay 1: MatsumotoStop At: Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuMeet at midday in Matsumoto at train station.Tour briefing and gear check.Afternoon at leisure. Hotel stay in Matsumoto Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Traditional Japanese Meal at HotelAccommodation included: Overnight at Matsumoto Lodge (3-star hotel)Day 2: Hike Kamikochi (1500m) to Yarisawa (1850m) - 6 hrs / 13.2kmStop At: Kamikochi Visitor Center, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuBus transfer to Kamikochi.Hike 6 hrs from Kamikochi (1500m elevation) to Yarisawa (1850m elevation). Distance: 13.2kmDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Yarisawa Lodge. Shared room with other hikers.Day 3: Hike Yarisawa to Yarigadake Peak (3180m elevation - 3rd highest in Japan) - 6.5hrs / 4.3kmStop At: Yarigatake, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Yarisawa to Yarigatake. Mountain hut stayDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Yarigadake mountain hutDay 4: Hike Yarigadake to Kitahotaka Peak (3106m - 19th highest in Japan) - 6.5 hrs / 6.8kmStop At: Mt. KItahodaka, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Yarigatake to Kitahotaka. Mountain Hut Stay (6.5 hrs / 6.8km)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay at Kitahotaka mountain hutDay 5: Hike Kitahotaka to Kamikochi - 6.5 hrs / 6.8kmStop At: Kamikochi Visitor Center, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuHike Kitahotaka to Kamikochi. Onsen hotel and dinner. Hotel Stay (9.5 hrs / 8km)Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 6: Transfer to Matsumoto. Trip Concludes.Stop At: Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuBus transfer to Matsumoto train station. Trip ConcludesDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$63.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Kamikochi Mountain Day Trip from Nagoya

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Natureguide Fivesense, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, Chubu3 hours to explore Kamikochi as you wish. Make sure to check out Kappa Bridge, the symbol of Kamikochi, while there are popular walking trails along the Azusa River that boast lovely views of the river and mountains.Duration: 3 hours

$236.06 Cultural & Theme Tours

Shirakawa-go, Hida-Takayama & Kamikochi in 2 Days from Tokyo

After departing from Shinjuku (7:50am), you will head to Gifu Prefecture by bus via expressway. The first destination is Iwamura Castle Town, a quaint town located right on a mountain slope.  The castle town was an important cross point for politics, economy and culture during the Edo era and it has been registered as an “Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Historic Buildings". Old houses and shops still exist in the town. You will have around 1 hour to explore. A boxed lunch option is available for this tour for an additional fee. You can choose among ① Lunch A : Nozawana pickles & cutlet sandwich (JPY680 tax inc.) or ② Lunch B Kobuchizawa Marumasa's chicken rice (JPY980 tax inc.) If you would like to order either, please select the "Lunch" option at the time of booking.Then, you will head to Gujo Hachiman, another popular yet authentic small town in Gifu Prefecture. Gujo Hachiman's waterways are the pride of its citizens, which still functions the same way as back in the 1600s. The water is so clean that it's still used to wash food and laundry today. You will have around 90 minutes to stroll around these picturesque streets and imagine what daily life for citizens in 17th century Japan was like.After exploring the town, you will head to Washigatake Kogen Hotel Rainbow to have dinner and stay overnight.On the second day of the tour, after having breakfast at the hotel, you will head to Shirakawa-go, arguably the most famous sightseeing spot in Gifu prefecture which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Shirakawa-go is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses; “gassho-zukuri” means “constructed like hand in prayers”, because the roof of the houses resemble a Buddhist monk's hands pressed together in prayer. After around 1 hour, you will have a Hida beef roll sushi bento lunch box and then head to Hida Takayama, a quaint town also known as “Little Kyoto”. The streets of the town's historic district are lined with wooden houses dating back to the Edo Period, and you can relax by taking your time to walk around for approximately 1 hour.The last destination of the tour is Kamikochi, a popular mountain resort located in Nagano's Azusa River Valley and surrounded by high mountains. You will have around 80 minutes to explore this stunning destination and its spectacular scenic views. This beautiful area is only open to visitors from April through November. The best way to discover it is to go hiking on the trails along the Azusa River and see the clear water flow between the mountains and trees, creating one of the most beautiful valleys in Japan. You will also be able to see and cross Kappa Bridge, the symbol of Kamikochi, located at the heart of the resort. You will then head back to Tokyo around 19.30.

$4728.98 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hiking Yarigatake and Mt Fuji

Day 1 Kyoto: You will make your own way to the starting hotel in Kyoto and check in. Meet your new hiking buddies and tour guide at 6 pm in the lobby. You will go out for the first group dinner (optional). Day 2 Kyoto Free day: Today is a free day to explore the ancient capital of Kyoto. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. Day 3 Kyoto to Tsumago: We will travel to Tsumago by bullet train and bus. We will then start an enjoyable walk on the Nakasendo ancient highway from Magome and finish in Otsumago after enjoying a few waterfalls and wooded areas (approx 2.5 hours) We will finish with a delicious local meal at the accommodation. Day 4 Tsumago to Kamikochi: This morning, we will transfer by trains and bus to Kamikochi. We then will start with a gentle walk to Yarisawa through a pine and birch forest. After we enter the Yarisawa Valley, the trails will get steeper and rockier (approx 4 hour walk) Day 5 Climb Mt Yari (3180m): Today, we will continue the hike on Mt. Yari. This is a challenging hike (approx 6-8 hours). There will be some sections of rocks, boulders and snowfields to cross. At the summit, you will be rewarded with spectacular views including Mt. Fuji! Day 6 Descend to Kamikochi: Wake up early and enjoy the brilliant views of the valleys. We will descend to Kamikochi on down steep hills this morning (approx 8-10hours) and then transfer to Matsumoto. Day 7 Matsumoto to Kawaguchiko: Matsumoto castle visit is an option this morning. In the afternoon, we will transfer to Kawaguchiko, next to Mt. Fuji. Day 8 Climbing Mt. Fuji to the 8th station: We will climb the highest mountain in Japan (3776m). We start hiking from the 5th station to a mountain hut where we will stay tonight (approx 5 hours). As we climb higher, it will get very steep and rocky. Day 9 Sunrise on the top of Mt. Fuji: We will leave our hut very early in the morning to capture the sunrise at the summit. We will get ready for the sunrise together with many local climbers. After celebrating our success of climbing Mt. Fuji, we will descend back to the Fifth Station. Day 10 Kawaguchiko Free day: Today is a free day to explore the Kawaguchiko area. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. It’s also a chance to just relax around Lake Kawaguchi or enjoy the spectacular view of Mt. Fuji from the top of Mt. Kachikachi. Day 11 Kawaguchiko to Tokyo: We will transfer to Tokyo this morning by trains. Tokyo has many sites and attractions enough to entertain you for several days. Day 12 Tokyo: Today is a free day to explore the city. Your tour guide will give you information and directions for the day. We will have the last group dinner and celebrate the end of the tour (meal expense not included) Day 13 Departure day: The tour will finish after breakfast.You can checkout at your convenience in the morning.