Welcome to Kamikōchi


Kamikōchi is closed from 15 November to 22 April; from late July to late August and during the foliage season in October, it can seem busier than Shinjuku Station.

It's perfectly 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.


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$91.05 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

$90.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Kamikochi Mountain Resort from Tokyo

Meet with your tour conductor and start your journey with the 5-hour long but comfortable bus ride with breaks to Kamikochi in Nagano Prefecture. After arriving at Kamikochi, you will have approximately 4 hours to explore this breathtaking area. Kamikochi is located in Azusa River Valley, part of Chubu Sangaku National Park and surrounded by mountains. Since this is an area of outstanding beauty and therefore for preservation concerns, visitors can only access from April until November. Although there is no particular way or route to explore Kamikochi, following the trails along the Azusa River is popular as it grants visitors with spectacular views of the river, mountains and lush greenery simultaneously.After a wonderful walk from the Kamikochi coach terminal, you will reach Kappa Bridge, the symbol of Kamikochi, located at the heart of the resort. From Kappa Bridge, you can follow the Azusa River and visit various stunning spots such as Takezawa Marsh, Myojin Pond, Taisho Pond and Tashiro Bridge.Visiting Kamikochi anytime during the opening season is a pleasant experience. From April until September, you will be able enjoy the beauty of the alpine flora. From October to November, you will be able to see the mountains covered by colorful autumn leaves before the area is closed to the public for winter.A boxed lunch option is available for this tour. Prepared by Gosenjaku Hotel, you can savor it while sightseeing or walking in Kamikochi. If you would like to order it, please choose the "Lunch" option at the time of booking. Those who do not wish to order the boxed lunch are advised to bring their own food or buy it before arriving in Kamikochi, for example at service stations on the expressway etc., as restaurants in Kamikochi are extremely busy during the season.At the end of the day, ride a bus back to Shinjuku. The approximate arrival time is 20:40.

$63.55 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Kamikochi Mountain Resort in Nagano Prefecture from Nagoya

Meet with your tour conductor and start your journey with the 4.5-hour long but comfortable bus ride with breaks to Kamikochi in Nagano Prefecture. After arriving at Kamikochi, you will have approximately 3 hours to explore this breathtaking area. Kamikochi is located in Azusa River Valley, part of Chubu Sangaku National Park and surrounded by mountains. Since this is an area of outstanding beauty and therefore for preservation concerns, visitors can only access from April until November. Although there is no particular way or route to explore Kamikochi, following the trails along the Azusa River is popular as it grants visitors with spectacular views of the river, mountains and lush greenery simultaneously.After a wonderful walk from the Kamikochi coach terminal, you will reach Kappa Bridge, the symbol of Kamikochi, located at the heart of the resort. From Kappa Bridge, you can follow the Azusa River and visit various stunning spots such as Takezawa Marsh, Myojin Pond, Taisho Pond and Tashiro Bridge.Visiting Kamikochi anytime during the opening season is a pleasant experience. From April until September, you will be able enjoy the beauty of the alpine flora. From October to November, you will be able to see the mountains covered by colorful autumn leaves before the area is closed to the public for winter.A boxed lunch is available for this tour if ordered at least 6 days in advance, for an additional fee (JPY 1,000 tax included). Please pay the lunch box fee to a tour conductor in cash on the tour day. You can savor it while sightseeing or walking in Kamikochi. Those who do not wish to order the boxed lunch are advised to bring their own food or buy it before arriving in Kamikochi, for example at service stations on the expressway etc., as restaurants in Kamikochi are extremely busy during the season.  At the end of the day, have a shopping stop at Nyukawa to buy local souvenirs for your family and friends. Then, head back to Nagoya. The approximate arrival time is 19.30.

$235.82 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.