Hike in majestic Kamikochi


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AWAYN IMAGE Hike in majestic Kamikochi
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Activities: ChillingChilling HikeHike WalkingWalking

Amenities: Child Friendly Child Friendly Food Nearby Food Nearby Parking Parking


One of the most spectacular places I've visited, especially considering how easily accessible it is with frequently running busses. The valley is well worth its praise and reputation, and the fact that you're sharing the experience with (potentially, time of the year pending) lots of other people, can't deter from the spectacular beauty around you. Yo do not have to be super-fit to enjoy this. Most of the walking is done on level, or near level ground. It is only when you start pushing deeper into the valley and up the hills when you might want to start consider this, and at that point, you're likely to be heading for the cabins high up in the wilderness, and are not on a daytrip like we were. My recommendations would include the following. Get in reasonably early, and allow for really full busses at the end of the day - don't count on getting on in peak season! Dress in layers, and have something wind proof with you even in the warmest of summer days, temperatures and weather at large can change really quick. You might want to have water with you, but skip the food, unless you're super fussy, or have difficult allergies you think are a problem in Japanese restaurants at large. There are quite a few restaurants otherwise around the Kappa-bashi bridge, in the middle of the valley floor (not far from the last bus stop). We ate at a cafe style establishment on the left side of the river, think it was the first one actually once you approach the main service area, but have not noted down the name. Was sort of one room shop with souvenirs and deli products, and then cafe seats, with bar like seating at the window. Delicious, hearty food, might be tricky as a vegetarian, can't remeber that side of the offer. If you don't mind a bit of meat, plenty on offer. And a word of warning: large size here really is large, the portions are rather healthy. Get off the bus at the Taisho-ike pond. This is already beautiful, but it just gets better after this. Walking along the Asuza river, you'll find plenty of good signage and explanations of the surrounding flora and fauna, both in Japanese, and in English. Excellent work here. There are plenty of monkeys here. You might want to be a little bit vary of them, as they seem to not be too afraid of people any more, and can in fact appear a touch hostile. Nevertheless, fascinating to watch them at the river, turning over rocks to unearth food, and communities of mothers nursing babies. Do not feed any with anything, and do keep some distance. they bolt forward in quite an impressive (and scary) way. Allow enough time to walk at least to the Myojin-Bashi bridge. Until this, there are walkways on both sides of the river, after this, the terrain gets more rugged, and you start climbing up. Stunning forest areas and rapids between this and the Kappa-bashi bridge on the left bank (going up the river), magical. The right hand side is serene and peaceful, quiet, very different in feel. Do not miss this place, it is very easy to access with busses from the nearby onsen villages, as well as Matsumoto and Takayama. Do leave early from those cities though, and if you can, pick a sunny day!

Today Weather Forecast:
TempratureCurrent Temprature: 1.31 C

TempratureMaximum Temprature: 2.22 C

wind Wind: 2.02

Humidity Humidity: 96

Pressure Pressure: 1022(mb)

Clouds Clouds: snow

sunrise sunrise: 2019-12-05 21:45:51

sunset sunset: 2019-12-06 07:34:20