As one of the most famous mountain resorts in Japan, Kamikochi offers breathtaking views created by the steep Hotaka mountain range, whose peaks are about 3,000 meters in height. A mountain fuming white smoke is the 2,455-meter Mount Yake-dake. It is the only active volcano in the Northern Japanese Alps. There is walkable promenade from Taisho-ike Pond, which was formed by the eruption of Mount Yake-dake in 1915, to Yokoo, and places where you can enjoy beautiful scenery such as Tashiro Moor and Tashiro-ike Pond are along it.
When walking on the left side of the Azusa-gawa River from Kappa-bashi Bridge, which spans the river, you will soon arrive at Kamikochi Visitor Center, and then at Myojinkan (ryokan) after a while. At the back of Myojinkan, there is Myojin-ike Pond. A further one-hour walk from here will take you to Tokusawa and one more hour to Yokoo, home to Yokoo Sanso (lodge). It is a base of mountain climbing of Mount Yariga-take and Mount Hotaka-dake, which are two of the highest and steepest mountains in Japan that most serious climbers aspire to climb, and from here proper mountaineering equipment and experience is necessary. You can see splendid views of the Hotaka mountain range in every season. After a short summer, leaves of broad-leaf trees change to orange and red, and larches change to gold.
The suspension-bridge-style Kappa-bashi was constructed 100 years ago, and a trekking tour commemorating the 100th anniversary will be held on October 3 (Sun), 2010.