In this section you can read some articles about the places and events dearest to our hearts. Right now there are only a few of them, but we are working hard to tell you more about the history and beauty of Kamikōchi.
The articles are grouped into two categories: the Featured articles are a bit more official, the Experience articles are more personal. And don't forget to check out our Blog section as well for brand-new, first-hand experience.
Written by: Tammy Crichton
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!
Written by: William Habington
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.
Are you thinking that Kamikōchi is just a mountain resort? Or that just walking around the area and enjoying the view is enough? If your answer is yes, you are only enjoying half of Kamikōchi.
The basin surrounded by the Northern Japanese Alps is full of interesting culture handed down for generations by local people.
Would you like to experience “mountain culture” that only be found in Kamikōchi?
Written by: Sodai Taira
Although Kamikochi is one of the most famous tourist spots in Japan with visitors coming from all over the world, there are still relatively unknown things about Kamikochi.
One of the most interesting and intriguing points of Kamikochi's history is the story of an aged man who was amazingly able to live alone in the untouched and harsh natural conditions of Kamikochi over 100 years ago. Making a living through fishing and hunting, this man built a hut alongside Myojin-ike Pond.
Earning high praise from the English Missionary Walter Weston (the man who introduced the greatness of Kamikochi to the world), this legend's name is Kamijo Kamonji.
Written by: Michael Barbic
Before you head out to climb Mt. Yarigatake the Japanese Matterhorn, the picture-perfect peaks of Mt. Hotaka-dake, or Mt. Yakedake the mysterious volcano which fumes in the background, ask yourself one question. “Am I fully prepared for all the things I'm planning to do?” I'm sure many of you can honestly answer yes without hesitation, but I'm sure there are some of you who can't say the same.
“So, what do I need?” you may ask. Well, depending on what you plan to be doing, answers vary. Of course you need gear, but more importantly you need knowledge.