Added by Benedikt Jürges
Beautiful day-trip in the Japanese alps
This hidden gem lies close to Matsumoto. Very conveniently connected with public transport, it should be easy for you to get here from any bigger town.
A welcome variation from urban Japan, this valley lies deep in the Japanese Alps. Only the beginning is accessible for cars, after that you can go explore the nature. A Wonderful river flows through the whole valley, being the only thing disrupting the mystical forest of Kamikochi. Just a few minutes past the Visitor Center you can enjoy perfect solitude, just being surrounded by trees.
The valley offers a lot of trails, which are all well maintained. The ones who like to take it easy can stay close to the entry area, but you can walk as far as your feet take you. You will be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as well as visiting a little temple, deeply hidden in the woods. For the adventurous there is a small inn at a bridge; you could stay there!
- Hiking boots
- Rain protection
- Cash to pay fro food, transport etc
- Snacks /boxed lunch
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