Make it Easy – Join a Guided Tour
Kamikochi is one of those rare places that retains its character and inherent value despite its popularity with visitors from all over the world. While at times very busy, it is one of Nagano’s most impressive attractions and one which is well worth visiting – you won’t regret it.
Our 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley Tour combines two of the regions most iconic destinations in a convenient day-trip. No need for transfers or multiple transports, we take you right there and bring you right back!
Led by a locally-based, English-speaking guide the tour transports you first to Matsumoto and its famous castle – one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure. You will be guided around the castle grounds before (should you wish to), you’ll have the chance to enter the castle itself and climb all the way to the top of the 6-storey structure.
From there you head high into the Hida Mountains and transported into Kamikochi. There’s no need for transfers from one bus to another, as we take you straight into the valley and drop you at Taisho Pond.
On a clear day, the surrounding mountains reflect off the mirror-like water – an ideal introduction to the beauty which awaits. From there, your guide will lead you on the trail from Taisho Pond to Kappabashi Bridge. Allowing 1.5 hours to walk the trail takes the tour at a leisurely pace and allows plenty of time to stop for photos and hear the story of the Kamikochi.
Arriving at Kappabashi around 14:30, the next two hours are yours to enjoy by relaxing at one of the cafes and restaurants near the bridge or walking further along the river*. Around 16:30 you will board the tour bus and begin your journey back to Nagano. Available every Tuesday and Thursday from May until November, this tour is a great way to experience two of the region’s most iconic destinations in a convenient day-trip starting and ending at Nagano Station.
*Please note, due to time restrictions this tour does not include lunch and does not allow time to walk to Hotaka Shrine/Myojin Pond. However, if you wish to walk to Hotaka Shrine/Myojin Pond by yourself instead of joining the guided walk from Taisho Pond to Kappabashi, this may be possible. If this option is of interest, please contact us to discuss prior to booking.
Private Tours & Charters to Kamikochi
For guests wanting the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle and guide, we can also arrange private transport to and from Kamikochi. Private tours and charters are customizable to fit your needs, starting and ending at any destination.
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule.
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Locally-based and operating all year round, we offer the local knowledge, support, and service that you need to get the most out of your adventure in Central Japan.
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