Location

The fresh greenKamikochi is in the Chubusangaku National Park that includes the entire North Japan Alps. Kamikochi is a small and slender basin at 1,500 meters (4,500 feet) above sea level and is surrounded by high mountains such as Hodaka Mountains, Mt. Yakedake and Mt. Kasumizawa. The view from there of Hodaka Mountains and Azusa River is one of the most beautiful mountain scenes in Japan. (See the picture of top page)

History

Over 300 million years ago, Kamikochi area was believed to have been a seabed. Intensive movements of the earth and river erosion formed today’s Kamikochi. Kamikochi has many species of animals and plants that have adapted themselves over the years to the climate and geology of the area. There is a complicated interaction between them and they live in harmony with each other. From large animals to bacteria, they are connected through food and air.

BoardwalkWhile strict laws that regulate the National Park system in Japan preserve Kamikochi and its environs, human activities have had impact on it. It is possible to observe man-made or man-changed “nature”.
When you visit Kamikochi, what will you feel? Someone may think about the eternal geological history of the area, while another might be impressed with the lush unique vegetation of the area. And some may be concerned with the ecological changes taking place. As a visitor to Kamikochi, remember your responsibility. Obey the regulations designed to protect this beautiful area.

Larch

LarchFound all over Kamikochi. Many near parking areas are planted. The larch looks its best in the spring and in autumn when you can appreciate its new leaves and autumnal tints.

Kamikochi 5 rule

Remember to follow these regulations in order to preserve the natural environment of
Kamikochi.

1. No collecting – Please do not collect plants or living creatures, including insects.
2. No feeding – Please do not feed the wild animals.
3. No brinding in – Please do not bring pets or alien species.
4. No littering – Please take all your litter with you.
5. No stepping into – Please stay on the path.