Experience Kamikochi in Autumn on a Guided Tour
Nagano is blessed with many fantastic destinations for visitors wanting to enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves. Nestled high in the Hida Mountains, Kamikochi is considered the jewel of the Chubu Sangaku National Park. A true alpine oasis sitting beneath the high peaks of Mt Yari (3180m), Mt Hotaka (3190) and Mt Yakedake (2455m), the valley follows the Azusa River and from late-September onward, Kamikochi is also blessed with stunning autumn colours.
Our 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley Tour combines an afternoon visit to Kamikochi with morning exploration of Matsumoto’s famous castle – a registered National Treasure and one of the last remaining original castles in Japan. Starting and finishing at Nagano Station and led by an English-speaking guide, this tour is a great way to visit two of Nagano’s most iconic destinations and experience the beauty of the autumn leaves.
From late-September onward, Kamikochi will be transformed in colour as the landscape turns all shades of red and yellow, orange and brown. Home to some of the most stunning autumn leaves in Nagano, booking this tour from late-September through to its conclusion in mid-November will reveal one of Japan’s most remarkable autumn landscapes.
Not only are the colours of Kamikochi amazing, the drive to the valley through the Hida Mountains takes guests through a remarkable autumn landscape of heavily forested mountains and deep gorges – a stunning sight to behold in the warm autumn light.
Access to Kamikochi is controlled in order to preserve its pristine character and important ecosystems including wetlands, ponds, and the sparkling Azusa River which flows down from Mt Hotaka to feed the world below.
Japanese folklore tells that mountains are the source of human souls; born atop the mountain and flowing down rivers to bring life and prosperity of the human world below. As the domain of the gods, mountains have long been revered and also feared in Japan – places where only ascetics or the most hardened, wild people would venture. As such, Kamikochi’s spiritual importance equals its ecological significance – for Japanese it has long been considered a domain of the gods and should not be missed.
We hope you can join us in Kamikochi this autumn!