Kamikochi’s Official Opening Held on April 27th.

Kamikochi officially opened to visitors on Saturday, April 27th. In keeping with tradition, special ceremony known as the Kaizansai marked the event with a Shinto priest praying for safe passage through the mountains as as the crowds around Kappa Bridge looked on.

The Kaizansai (literally, “mountain opening observance”) followed the now-customary early opening of Kamikochi to the public on April 17th.  This year’s tourist season will last until November 15th when the park officially closes to visitors and the Kama Tunnel is closed to public transport.