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Kamikochi Trail

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This short hike leads through the Japanese Alps to plenty of views and rich history.


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4.4

Miles

7.2

KM

Loop

5,082' 1,549 m

High

4,946' 1,508 m

Low

236' 72 m

Up

237' 72 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

You cannot drive to the trailhead. Park in a lower lot and take a cab or bus to the Visitor Center.

In 2017, Kamikochi is scheduled to be open from April 17 to November 15.

Overview

This short hike is a great trip if you are visiting Nagano Prefecture. The drive up the canyon to the trailhead is jaw dropping. Once at the visitor center, you'll be greeted with 5 miles of views and ancient Japanese historic sites.

Description

The trail starts and ends at the Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge). You can hike the trail clockwise or counterclockwise. Most hike it counterclockwise so that you end coming across the Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge). From the Visitor Center, you'll hike along the river valley through a dense forest. Keep your eyes peeled for monkeys. Just under the 2 mile mark, you'll come across the Myojinkan Rest Area. Continue left to the Myojin Bridge to cross the Azusa River.

Once across the bridge, take the spur north to the gem, Myojin Pond. Get a grilled fish and explore the Hodaka Shrine. Once done soaking up this Shinto historic site, continue to your right back down the Kamikochi Trail. The trek back will take you through the forest along the river bed delivering amazing waterfall and mountain views. The trail will eventually wind around Gosenjaku Lodge, where you can finish your hike with a snack and views of the Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge) and the river valley.

Flora & Fauna

Monkeys, bamboo, and general forest fun can be found along this hike.

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Photos

Myojin Bridge
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP
Skipping rocks
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP
Elevated path keeps you dry over the babbling creek.
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP
Acting up along the beautiful Kamikochi Trail
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP
Kappa Bridge (Kappabashi)
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP
Looking up the mountain valley from the trail's end point
Jul 25, 2017 near Toyoshina, JP

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