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Kamikochi’s Taisho Pond & Mt. Yakedake areas
- Last Updated:Oct 28
- Best Time to See
- Oct 16 - Nov 7
- You can hike to Kamikochi from Shimashima via the Tokugo Pass (10-12 hour).
- Take the Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line train from Matsumoto Station to Shin-Shimashima (30 min), followed by a bus ride to Kamikochi (60 min). There is also one direct bus a day to Kamikochi from Matsumoto Bus Terminal (90 min). See the timetable here.
- The road to Kamikochi is closed to private cars just below the last tunnel at Sawando. You can park your car at Sawando for 500 yen a day, and catch a bus or taxi into the park. The parking outside of Kamikochi is about 50 minutes by car from Matsumoto Station.
- You could also opt to ride your bike into the park. Unfortunately, between the car and Kamikochi is a long, dark, steep, ascending tunnel where buses will rush by you. This can be a very unpleasant experience. However, once out of the tunnel you will be treated to some of the most amazing mountain views in Japan.