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Awake from long winter sleep, spring has come to Kamikochi. In the early spring, you can enjoy the  Hotaka mountains covered with snow.  Now, it is getting warmer in the noon, however, it often drops to below zero in the morning and evening. So when you come to Kamikochi to hike, you need to bring warm jacket with you.

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Written by: William Habington

March 7th, 2016


We are honored and delighted to announce that Kamikochi and downtown Matsumoto have been chosen to host a special inaugural ceremony for a new national holiday named "Yama no Hi" (山の日 or "Mountain Day").  The event will take place on Thursday, August 11th this year and is being touted as an opportunity for people to experience the mountains firsthand and enrich their knowledge of the history surrounding Japan's alpine culture.

 

Photo by Joseph Mecha

 

For more information on Mountain Day, you may consult the following link: http://811yamanohi.org/en/  More details are sure to emerge as the event draws closer.

Written by: William Habington
Date: 2013/10/07


 

After weeks of talking about how autumn is gradually coming to Kamikochi and the peak period of colorful foliage is just around the corner, we're finally seeing some significant changes in color at higher elevations.  Eager to document these new developments for himself, staff writer William Habington joined a friend for a day hike to Mount Yake, a centerpiece of Kamikochi's landscape and one of the many famous peaks which are easily accessible from the park.  Being an active volcano, Yake seems to have a special charm for western visitors.

 

What they saw up top surpassed all expectations.  Under an intensely blue sky lay a rich pallette of red, yellow, and orange leaves that marked the arrival of "kouyou" season in Kamikochi.  We hope you enjoy this photo-packed report on their trip.

 

 

Read more: Mount Yake Ablaze with Color 

Written by: William Habington

Date: 08/21/2013


What's better than spending a whole day in Kamikochi?  Spending a whole day AND a whole night there (as well as at least part of the following day).  Staff writer, William Habington, provides essential details on how to settle in for the night in Japan's favorite Alpine retreat, including where to stay, how much money to bring, and even a few helpful points of mountain hut etiquette.  So pack your toothbrush and join us for an elightening look at Kamikochi's "nightlife."

Photo: Tammy Crichton

 

Read more: All Day and All Night:  A Brief Guide to Spending the Night at Kamikochi

Written by: Tammy Crichton

Date: 2012/11/02


Our friend, long-term Nagano resident Tammy Crichton has graciously agreed to share this account of a September visit to the Karasawa Col along with some wonderful pictures. As we enjoy the precious final weeks of Kamikochi's autumn 2012 season, we look forward to hearing more about Tammy's adventures in the Northern Alps!

 

 

 

 

Read more: Three Days in the Hotaka Range

Written by: William Habington
Date: 2012/05/25

On Saturday May 19th, I had the pleasure of taking part in an event called the "Mizu Walk" along the Asuza River.

In addition to much needed exercise, it gave me occasion to think about the significance of rivers in general and the Azusa in particular. Like all rivers, the Asuza is an invigorating presence in the communities through which it flows and to which it gives a sense of connection. But it is also more than that. A survey of local history reveals both a deep religious significance and a connection to ancient culture as fascinating as it is mysterious.

 

 

Read more: Azusa: Nature and Culture Flow as One in the Sacred River 

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