A Buddhist priest from Toyama region, Banryu was said to be the first climber of Kamikochi mountains.It is one of the most scenic spot in Japan and features vast virgin forests of birch trees and Japanese larch trees.
To enjoy hiking, comfortable walking shoes (trekking shoes or sneakers) and outfits are recommended. Many trails are unpaved in Chubusangaku National Park including Kamikochi. It is better to pack extra clothes even in the summer time to prepare for the changeable mountain weather.
The simplest way to enjoy a day in Kamikochi is by hiking the trails along Azusa River from Taisho Pond to Myojin Bridge. It is a mostly flat terrain and requires no hiking experience and only a few hours of time. The climbs to the surrounding peaks, however, are more challenging and only recommended between mid June and mid September.
Kamikochi is particularly beautiful during the autumn foliage season, which usually peaks in mid October. A wide range of alpine flora can be viewed from May through October, with the best time being mid May through July. Among the wildlife to be observed are monkeys and various birds. Bears are rarely encountered.
Japan Alps- Kamikochi
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