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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: William Habington

March 7th, 2016


We are honored and delighted to announce that Kamikochi and downtown Matsumoto have been chosen to host a special inaugural ceremony for a new national holiday named "Yama no Hi" (山の日 or "Mountain Day").  The event will take place on Thursday, August 11th this year and is being touted as an opportunity for people to experience the mountains firsthand and enrich their knowledge of the history surrounding Japan's alpine culture.

 

Photo by Joseph Mecha

 

For more information on Mountain Day, you may consult the following link: http://811yamanohi.org/en/  More details are sure to emerge as the event draws closer.

Written by: William Habington
Date: 2013/10/07


 

After weeks of talking about how autumn is gradually coming to Kamikochi and the peak period of colorful foliage is just around the corner, we're finally seeing some significant changes in color at higher elevations.  Eager to document these new developments for himself, staff writer William Habington joined a friend for a day hike to Mount Yake, a centerpiece of Kamikochi's landscape and one of the many famous peaks which are easily accessible from the park.  Being an active volcano, Yake seems to have a special charm for western visitors.

 

What they saw up top surpassed all expectations.  Under an intensely blue sky lay a rich pallette of red, yellow, and orange leaves that marked the arrival of "kouyou" season in Kamikochi.  We hope you enjoy this photo-packed report on their trip.

 

 

Read more: Mount Yake Ablaze with Color 

Written by: William Habington
Date: 2012/05/25

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.

 

 

Read more: Azusa: Nature and Culture Flow as One in the Sacred River 

Written by: Tammy Crichton

Date: 2012/11/02


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!

 

 

 

 

Read more: Three Days in the Hotaka Range

Written by: Sodai Taira
Date: 2011/11/06


   

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.

 

Read more: The Oldest Hut in Kamikōchi