Kamikochi is a valley in Hida mountains in Japan. It is a part of the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park. It is a 15 kilometer long plateau in the Azusa River Valley, about 1500 meters above sea level surrounded by mountains with 3000 meter high peaks. The forests are preserved in a natural state.
There are a couple of predestined routes you can take in Kamikochi. To get there we stayed two nights in Takayama. The trip from Takayama to Kamikochi lasts around 2 hours with a bus, including one transfer. We split into two groups. Our fellow photographers went there in the early morning to catch better light.
We started around 8.30 and departed around 16.00 with one of the last shuttle buses. The last 3-4 kilometers of our walk we had to speed up. Our colleagues warned us that we could have problems with getting out of there. The nature and landscapes are so beautiful there that we simply forgot the time schedule. So if you visit this place privately with no own transport watch the time and bus schedules. However, being inside you do not have to worry about your daily needs. The tourist infrastructure is sufficient to provide for proper comfort.
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