As I write, Kamikochi’s official opening on Thursday the 27th is just three days away! There are signs of life throughout the park as humans and animals alike gather to welcome the arrival of spring. In truth, it has been coming in trickles with sunny weather one day being followed by clouds, strong winds, and cold the next. But recent dispatches from the front lines have been positive as we shall see.
As always we are indebted to the tireless blogging staff of the National Park Guide site for their efforts in gathering recent images and information from Kamikochi. Even if you don’t read Japanese, their site is a superb resource and you are encouraged to browse recent entries at your leisure: https://npg-alps.net/
We’ve been getting some mixed signals about which routes linking the central area to the Myojin area can actually be followed. Last week we reported that the course along the right bank (or on the left side, if you are looking upriver) could be followed with caution. Then this appeared:
Birds of a Feather
As always, migratory birds form an important part of the rich menagerie of wildlife populating Kamikochi in the spring season. Let’s have a look.
That’s all for now, folks. We’ll be back later in the week with updates about the upcoming Kaizansai opening ceremony on Thursday. Till then, stay safe and enjoy the spring weather!
Source of Information:
The National Park Guide Kamikochi blog: https://npg-alps.net/blog/today/16565 and https://npg-alps.net/blog/today/16547