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Written by: Jochen Diels
Date: 2011/07/11

 

Hiking with monkeys

Things to watch out for

Japanese monkeys are the local celebrities of Kamikochi. A common nickname for Japanese monkeys in Nagano prefecture is Snow monkey. Being able to see them in their natural habitat makes up for a once in a life time experience, unless you're a regular at Kamikochi.

Japanese Monkeys are around all year long aren't too shy. However keep in mind to let sleeping monkeys lie and remember monkeys, cute as they are, are still wildlife. Keep a few pointers in mind such as no feeding, staring, baring teeth and an appropriate distance to fully enjoy a hike alongside these cute, fluffy animals.

 

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Written by: Gary Lewis
Date: 2011/06/27

The Azusagawa RiverBetween the drizzle of the rainy season in mid July and the sudden fall into Autumn come September, Summer in Kamikōchi is a brief but beautiful moment.  Like the blooming Cherry Blossom or the perfect Sumo bout, its beauty and excitement are a unique part of Japan. 

Whether you want to experience the peak of beautiful flora and fauna, catch a glimpse of summer animals, go hiking or just camp out under the stars, Kamikōchi offers all this and more. I, myself, am content to just bask in all of it and breathe the wonderful fresh air. 

 

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Written by: Sodai Taira
Date: 2011/05/16

   In the 1960s, in the middle of Japan’s high-growth period (1955-1973), the road improvement of Kamikōchi was completed. Following its completion, a huge number of people began to access Kamikōchi with their own cars or in tourist buses.

   Not surprisingly, those numerous vehicles traveling towards Kamikōchi polluted the surrounding environment.

   As a result, traffic regulation was introduced in 1975 to preserve the beautiful mountain resort for future generations. Private vehicles were banished and now only shuttle buses and taxis are allowed to enter Kamikōchi.

Read more: Access to Kamikochi from Matsumoto

Written by: Sodai Taira
Date: 2011/05/17

   In the 1960s, at the middle of Japan’s high-growth period (1955-1973), the road improvement of Kamikochi was completed. Following its completion, a huge number of people began to access Kamikochi with their own cars or in tourist buses.

   Not surprisingly, those numerous vehicles traveling towards Kamikochi polluted the surrounding environment.

   As a result, traffic regulation was introduced in 1975 to preserve the beautiful mountain resort for future generations. The regulation prohibited the private vehicles, and only allowed shuttle buses to enter Kamikochi.

Read more: Access to Kamikochi from Takayama

Written by: Michael Barbic
Date: 2011/05/06

Most visitors tend to visit Kamikōchi in summer and autumn, but what about spring? Spring is the season when nature wakes from its winter sleep, and Kamikōchi is no different. The stunning snow-covered mountain scenery and fresh mountain air of spring are worth a visit alone. But combined with the lesser known opportunities unique to spring, one could say spring is one of the best times to experience Kamikōchi.

Read more: The Marvels of Kamikōchi in Spring