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Kamikochi / Kamikochi Onsen Hot Spring

Travel Guide - Kamikochi / Kamikochi Onsen Hot Spring


Kamikochi, at the height of 1,500 meters, is a perfect example of the beauty of the Japanese mountains. It is certainly a great destination for walks, but trekking and camping also come highly recommended.
The views from Kappa-bashi Bridge of the Hotaka Range and Mt. Yakedake, along with the scenery at both Taisho-ike and Myojin-ike Pond are breathtaking. Also there is a memorial plaque of the British missionary Walter Weston who first introduced the Japan Alps to the world in 1896. Kamikochi became one of the most famous mountain resorts in Japan since then and was awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide in 2008. As the entrance of the Northern Alps, a lot of mountain climbers visit here.
About 15 minutes' walk downstream from Kappa-bashi Bridge, is a natural hot spring with abundant water flowing at the foot of Mt. Yakedake, a still active vollcano. With its long history dating back to the latter part of the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), this hot spring allows visitors to bathe in one of the two lodging facilities that stand along the Azusa-gawa River.
An over night stay in Kamikochi will allow visitors to experience the uninterrupted night sky with stars shining so brightly it seems like you could reach out and touch them. Before sunrise you can savor the breathtaking stillness of the horizon at dawn.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Varies according to the shop / facility


  • Varies according to the shop / facility

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 65 minutes from Shin-Shimashima Station on the Alpico Kotsu Kamikochi Line by the bus bound for Kamikochi. Get off at the last stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • Azumi Kamikochi, Matsumoto-shi, Nagano, 390-1516