Destinations & Attractions Nearby Kamikochi
Visitors travelling to Kamikochi will be thrilled by its splendour and pristine nature of the landscape. It is without doubt a destination unto itself. If you see nothing else while in central Japan, Kamikochi alone is worth traveling for!
The region is however also blessed with an array of cultural and natural attractions, many of which can be combined with a visit to Kamikochi. Hirayu Onsen – part of the larger hot spring area known as Okuhida – is only a 20 to 30 minute drive from Kamikochi depending on your guesthouse of choice and one of the region’s best known hot spring towns. The area has many traditional ‘ryokan’ (guesthouses) with their own ‘onsen’ (hot spring) to indulge in. While accommodation in this area can also be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. This makes Hirayu and Okuhida Onsen a great nearby option for visitors to Kamikochi.
Also in Okuhida, the Shin-hotaka Ropeway is famous throughout Japan and on a clear day, offers outstanding views of Mt Hotaka and the surrounding North Alps.
Approximately 1 hour to the west of Kamikochi, Takayama is famous for its old town and an increasingly popular destination for international visitors. An hour on from that, the villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama have World Heritage Status and draw visitors from all over world.
Heading east from Kamikochi, Mt Norikura is located at the southern end of the Chubu Sangaku National Park and another popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Directly to the north of Kamikochi, the fabled Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is one of Japan’s most iconic sights.
Famous for its 20 meter high snow walls in early spring, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is another outstanding destination for alpine enthusiasts in both summer and autumn – offering more fantastic hiking and trekking opportunities.
As you head down and out of the mountains, the peaceful city of Mastumoto lies in valley below. Known of its arts scene, dining and nightlife the city is perhaps most famous for its castle – one of the last remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure.
Another 90 minutes on from Matsumoto, Nagano City is the region’s major hub and your gateway to Central Japan. Home to the near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano has a rich history and is your transport link to the region’s most famous ambassadors, the hot spring-bathing monkeys of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
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