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Mt. Yakedake behind Taishoike pond

Kamikōchi (上高地, [1]) is a village in central Japan, roughly between Matsumoto and Takayama, in the Japanese Alps.


Kamikochi, with its mountainous scenery and large areas of undeveloped nature, is one of the most popular hiking spots in Japan.

Get in

Only by bus, either from Matsumoto or Takayama. Not as difficult as it may sound to get here. The Alpico Group runs scheduled buses to between Matsumoto - Kamikochi - Takayama. (the trip from Matsusmoto to Kamikochi takes around 2 hours)


Kappabashi bridge crosses river Azusa.
  • Kappabashi Bridge. The suspension bridge is the symbol of Kamikochi. If you're there early enough in the morning (between 5 and 6:30 am), you may see the local monkeys make their morning crossing from one side of the bridge to the other.


Hike and enjoy the greenery and mountain air. Enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain views Japan has to offer. There are multiple hikes (mostly flat) available from the Tourist Centre - where the busses drop you off. You can tailor your hikes according to how much time you have to spend there.


Unspectacular choices only.



Along the river are several hiking lodges, most with dining rooms, and a campground renting tent sites. A more expensive option is to pre-book at one of the Ryokan and Onsen in the surrounding area. Bus connections run from the site until about 4 or 5 o'clock.

Get out

Onward buses to Takayama or Matsumoto; depart 1500h in the afternoon latest.

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