Kamikochi Plateau

Page Number T4000093  Updated on  April 4, 2018  Print

Kamikochi Plateau (photo)

Kamikochi is Japan’s most famous alpine sightseeing destination, with about two million visitors each year coming to an altitude of 1,500 meters. A part of the Chubu Sangaku National Park, the level, expansive plateau is unique in Japan, and is designated as a National Special Natural Treasure.

In the park, there are hot springs and trailheads for hikers to reach the Hotaka Range and Yarigatake Peak. Due to heavy snow in the area, Kamikochi is closed from the mid-November to late April. To preserve the natural surroundings, private cars are not permitted within the park. Private cars must park at the Hirayu or Sawawatari Parking Areas, and access Kamikochi by shuttle bus or taxi.

The easiest course for enjoying the full atmosphere of the park is a stroll from Taisho-ike Pond to the Kappa-bashi Bridge. The path is well paved and can easily be hiked in sneakers and everyday clothes from spring to autumn, weather permitting.

The toilet at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal requires a 100 yen donation.

Azusa River Valley (photo)

Nature of Kamikochi (photo)

Facility info.

Admission fee
Open hours
5:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
Closed season
Mid-November – Late April
Kamikochi, Azumi, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture
+81-263-95-2405 (Kamikochi Sightseeing Ryokan Association Office)
[Public bus]
One way 2,660 yen
Takayama Nouhi Bus Center / 50 min. by bus / Hirayu Bus Terminal / Transfer to Matsumoto Dentetsu Bus, 25 min. / Kamikochi / Taishoike Pond

To preserve natural environment in Kamikochi, private cars are restricted in Kamikochi park beyond Kama Tunnel.
All private cars have to park at either Hirayu parking area or Sawando parking area.
Shuttle bus and taxi are available at both parking area.

*Fees shown here are just for reference. For details, please check the relevant website.