Getting Here

Most people make their way to Kamikochi via public transportation.
However, you can also travel by car as far as the Sawando Parking Area (Eastern side) or the Hirayu Parking Area (Western side) where you can choose between a bus or a taxi. If you are touring Japan on a bicycle,
you can also ride right into the heart of the Japan Alps.

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Public Transportation

Regarding Final Departures and Changes in Bus and Train Schedules

The departure times of the last train and bus leaving for Kamikochi are subject to change with the seasons.

When you look at schedules for buses and trains, please ensure that buses are actually running on the dates on which you wish to travel. Also, check that you will arrive in time to transfer buses. Last buses can be fairly early in the mountains and mistaking train and bus times can result in having to take taxis to get over or off the mountains.

There are three options to get to Kamikochi.

A. Direct Bus Service from Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto to Kamikochi

Click here for details.

B. Access to Kamikochi from Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture

Matsumoto Station via Shin-Shimashima Station.
*For access information on getting to Matsumoto click here or see it on Google Maps.

C. Access to Kamikochi from Takayama City in Gifu Prefecture

Takayama Station via Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal via a Nohi Bus

*For access information on getting to Takayama, click here or see it on Google Maps.

Option A – Direct Bus Service to Kamikochi

Click here for details. Direct bus service to Kamikochi - from Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto

The direct bus runs only on specific days from around July to September. This bus stops at Shinhotaka Ropeway (outbound only) and Hirayu Bus Terminal. Detailed information and reservations (from one month prior to travel) are available on this page (Japanese).

Option B – Access from Matsumoto Station via Shin-Shimashima Station

Step 1:Take the Matsumoto Dentetsu (Alpico Railway) from Matsumoto Station to Shin-Shimashima Station (30 min)
Step 2:Transfer at Shin-Shimashima Station to a bus bound for Kamikōchi (About 60 min)

Note: YOU HAVE TO RESERVE YOUR BUS FROM KAMIKOCHI TO SHIN-SHIMASHIMA/MATSUMOTO AND FROM MATSUMOTO DIRECT TO KAMIKOCHI (National Park Liner). For additional information on the bus to Kamikochi, including answers to frequently asked questions, please see the Alpico website.

Option C – Access from Takayama Station via Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal

Step 1: Takayama Station ⇨ 60 min ⇨ Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal
Step 2: Hirayu Onsen Bus Terminal ⇨ 25 min ⇨ Kamikochi

From Takayama

Take the Nohi bus from Takayama Bus Center to Hirayu Onsen (60 min)

From Hirayu Onsen

Take a bus or taxi bound for Kamikochi (25 min)


Step 1:Kanazawa ➯ 75 min ➯ Shirakawa-go Bus terminal
Step 2:Shirakawa-go Bus terminal ➯ 50 min ➯ Takayama Bus Center
Step 3:Takayama Bus Center ➯ 50 min ➯ Hirayu Bus Terminal
Step 4:Hirayu Bus Terminal ➯ 25 min ➯ Kamikochi

Discount Bus Tickets

Three-star Route Bus Tickets

The Three-star Route connects Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa, and Toyama. It includes stops at National Treasures and World Heritage Sites. There is even a Shinjuku (Tokyo) bus ticket set.

2-Day/4-Day Passes

2 DAY Free Passport Kamikochi/Norikura/Matsumoto

This pass allows unlimited travel by train and bus to/from Kamikochi, Norikura Highlands, Matsumoto and the local bus network in Matsumoto within two days. This Pass is the least expensive best means available for tourists who would like to sightsee not only in Kamikochi but also in Norikura Highlands and Matsumoto area within 2 days.
■ Fee : Please check the link for pricing.

4 Day Pass for sightseeing
in Kamikochi, Norikura Highlands, Matsumoto, Shirakawa-go and Hida

This pass allows unlimited travel on the trains and shuttle buses, express buses and local buses to/from Kamikochi, Norikura Highlands, Matsumoto (castle town), Takayama and the world heritage “Shirakawa-go” within 4 days.
■ Fee : Please check the link for pricing.

Matsumoto City Circle Bus – Town Sneaker

The Town Sneaker is a city circle bus, which tours round the center of the Matsumoto City on four courses: Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Ones.
You can take the Bus at a small fare, 200 yen (or 150 yen) for adults, and 100 yen (or 80 yen) for children. Or you can get the One-Day tickets at 500 yen for adults (250 yen for children).

Alps Crossing Route Ticket

There is discount bus tickets for Northern Japan Alps crossing route.

Car Access

Take Route 158 from Matsumoto or Takayama to either Sawando Parking Area on Google Maps (Closer to Matsumoto) or Hirayu Parking Area on Google Maps (Closer to Takayama). Private cars or motorcycles are not allowed to enter Kamikochi, but there are parking areas near the entrance of Kamikochi, Sawando and Hirayu, and they typically cost ¥600 per day. From the parking areas, you can access Kamikochi in about 20 – 30 minutes by bus or taxi. You can purchase round-trip bus tickets from Sawando and Hirayu Bus Terminals.

Taxi Rates
Sawando Parking Area -> Taisho Pond = 3,900 yen
Sawando Parking Area -> Kamikochi Bus Terminal = 4,600 yen
Hirayu Onsen Area -> Taisho Pond = 4,000 yen
Hirayu Onsen Area -> Kamikochi Imperial Hotel = 4,500 yen
Hirayu Onsen Area -> Kamikochi Bus Terminal = 5,000 yen

Set your car navigation to Azumi, 4161−2, Matsumoto, Nagano or open Sawando Parking Area on Google Maps (Closer to Matsumoto City – Nagano Prefecture)

Set your navigation to 628 Okuhida Onsenkyo Hirayu, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture or open Hirayu Parking Area on Google Maps (Closer to Takayama City – Gifu Prefecture)

Once you have parked your car, please make your way to the bus stop where you will take a bus or taxi bound for Kamikochi.

Bicycle Access

Please Read Carefully

*Cycling inside the Kamikochi Area is not permitted beyond the bus terminal.
*Parts of Route 158 from Takayama to Kamikochi is closed to bicycles (Abo-Toge toll road). There is an alternate route available but that route is sometimes closed due to heavy rain. Please use caution while planning your route.
*As long as you have a bicycle bag, you can take your bike on the bus to Kamikochi or for 270 yen, you can take it on JR trains (same for up to 1,000 km)

Getting to Matsumoto or Takayama

Cycling in Japan is a great way to get around but also offers some unique challenges. The first challenge being the climb. About 70% of Japan is mountainous and Kamikochi is deep in the mountains.

Cycling from Matsumoto to Kamikochi is possible on National Route 158 but please use caution as it is a busy highway and be prepared for many narrow tunnels as you climb up the mountain. You will want head and tail lights for the tunnels some of which are over 1 km long. From Matsumoto, it’s about a 50 km ride (one-way) with about 1,000 m of climbing (a little more because it is not all uphill), we recommend making the most of your climb by staying several days.