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Kamikochi - Nagano

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Located deep in the Hida Mountain Range in the western regions of Nagano Prefecture, Kamikochi (上高地) is a popular remote tourist destination which offers one of the most spectacular views of what is dubbed as Japan's Northern Alps.  
Kamikochi DetailsThe name Kamikochi could be translated to "upper highland" due to its topographic characteristics. To be more exact, Kamikochi is a 15-kilometer long plateau in the Azusa River Valley. It is surrounded by four of Japan's highest peaks namely Yakedake (2455m), Nishihotakadake (2909), Maehotakadake (3090m), and Okuhotakadake (3190m). 


In the past, Kamikochi was one of the main sources of logs in the region. However, due to the sudden interest in recreational mountaineering in Japan brought by the writings of Reverend Walter Weston, a lot of local lobbied to preserve the Kamikochi area and the Northern Alps. In recognition of his contribution to the conservation of the area, the festival held every June was named after him. 



Japan Diaries 2: Day 16

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Day 16 (June 1, 2018)A pleasant morning to you my dear reader, today is the second day of our Gifu -Nagano Trip. It is also our 16th day in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Today, we plan to explore Takayama City in the morning and then Kamikochi in the afternoon. However, before everything else, I made sure to wake up very early to take one final dip at Honjin Hiranoya Bekkan's onsen because I know that I won't have a chance to do it later as we'd only eat our complimentary breakfast before finally checking out of our ryokan. 



Unlike last night, I already overcame my embarrassment of being naked in an onsen. I can now walk proudly in front of other men in my birthday suit. How did I do it? I bombarded my head with the idea that these guys do not know who I am and vice versa. I finished my onsen experience at around 5AM. When I got back to the room, my wife and daughter were still sound asleep, so instead of doing nothing, I decided to have an early morning solo stroll of Takayam…

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