Opening date Kamikochi Pack in april 2020?

July 16th, 2019

Dear people,

We are planning for a one day trip to Kamikuchi at 14/15 april 2020. We want to use the bus at Sawanda Parking place.

Is the park already opened for visitors by that time?

I know that the official opening of the parc would be around juli 27.

How much cost a return ticket per person from Sawanda Parking place to Kamikochi bus terminal?

Can I buy the ticket at Sawanda Parking place?

How much cost a return ticket per person from Sawanda Parking place to Kamikochi bus terminal?
Is Kamikochi Park around 14 or 15 april 2020 already open for using the bus from Sawanda Parking place?
Can I buy the ticket at Sawanda Parking place?

3-Week Nagano Itinerary Advice (Oct/Nov)

July 16th, 2019


I would like to have your advice/feedback on the following 3-week Nagano-focused itinerary: 

21/10 – Arrival in Tokyo (early morning)
22/10 – Tokyo 
23/10 – Tokyo (Optional: Day trip to Lake Kawaguchi  -or- Nikko)
24/10 – Tokyo

25/10 – Tokyo — Matsumoto (Explore Matsumoto)
26/10 – Matsumoto (Day trip to Kamikochi)
27/10 – Matsumoto (Matsumoto Castle, Nakamachi-dori)
28/10 – Matsumoto (Day trip to Daio Wasabi Farm)
29/10 – Matsumoto (Day trip to Norikura Kogen, bus to Mt. Norikura until Oct 31)

30/10 – Matsumoto — Takayama (Explore Takayama, Old Town)
31/10 – Takayama (Day trip to Shinhotaka Ropeway)
01/11 – Takayama (Day trip to Furukawa)
02/11 – Takayama (Higashiyama Walk)

03/11 – Takayama — Nagano (Explore Nagano, Zenkoji Temple)
04/11 – Nagano (Day trip to Togakushi, Togakushi-Jinja, Ninja Museum, Lake Kagami)
05/11 – Nagano (Day trip to Shiga Kogen)
06/11 – Nagano (Day trips to Obuse and/or Matsushiro)

07/11 – Nagano — Tokyo
08/11 – Tokyo
09/11 – Flight from Tokyo Narita

1. How does it look like so far? Does it make sense logistically?

2. I’m considering going through the Alpine Route on the way from Takayama back to Nagano, doing it in one day. Is this a good idea?

3. Given this plan, would it be economic to purchase one of the rail passes available for tourists? If so, which one?

4. Any additional sightseeing / landmarks / highlights in this area suitable for my visit period that you would recommend checking? My top interests are mountains, nature and alpine scenery. 

Many thanks!

Driving from Tokyo to Nagono Prefecture in mid July

July 5th, 2019

Hi there!!

I wonder if it is safe to drive from tokyo to the following locations in Nagano :

  1. From Tokyo to Karuizawa
  2. From Karuizawa to Happo Bus Station (to go up to Happo Ike)
  3. From Happo Bus Station to Matsumoto
  4. From Matsumoto to Sawado Parking (to goto Kamikochi)

Another way to go there that I am also considering is to take Shinkansen.  But I am not sure which way is cheaper and more convenience between taking Shinkansen or driving a car.  We are a group of 3 people which are 2 adults and a 5 year old boy.

Thank you very much in advance for all your kind input.

Parking in Snow Monkey Park

June 4th, 2019

Hello everyone

We will drive to Snow Monkey Park, where is the closest parking lot near the park? Is it free of charge? Could you please give us the telephone number for GPS purpose?

Thanks for support!

Transportation from Tokyo to Kamikochi/Tsumago/Magome

June 3rd, 2019

Hi, I would to cover both Kamikochi and Tsumago/Magome from Tokyo in 5 days. I plan the followings:

day 1 – tokyo station to Kamikochi (via Matsumoto)

day 3 – Kamikochi to Tsumago (via Matsumoto/Nagiso)

day 4 – Nagiso to either Matsumoto or Nagoya 

day 5 – back Tokyo to fly out from Haneda


1. Is Jr East pass the best option?  It only covers Tokyo-Matsumoto and part of Matsumoto- Nagiso?

2. Should I stop over in Matsumoto or Nagoya on day 4 before returning Tokyo, from both perspectives of train cost and things to see?

Thanks in advance 

Access information

May 30th, 2019

Dear Sir,  

would like to visit Mt.Nyukasa and Fujimi Panorama Resort in September this year.

can you suggest the access route if we go from Fujimi station?

I noticed that there is a shuttle bus running from  Fujimi station to the resort at 10 am. Is it operated on a daily bases?

Thank you

Happo Pond

May 24th, 2019

I saw your reply in another question that lifts getting to happo pond will open on 1st june. I will be at hakuba on 30 May so, could you please suggest any activities or place for a short hiking.


best regards

Traveling to Kamikochi to Karuizawa

May 9th, 2019

Hi, I’m planning to do a day trip to Kamikochi and stay a night in Matsumoto following that. 

I’ll be staying in Karuizawa the night before and intend to travel to Kamikōchi the following morning. Would you be able to advise on the best way to get to Kamikoichi from Karuizawa?

Also as we will have luggage in tow, would there be any storage facility between Matsumoto and kamikoichi for us to stow our luggages so we can avoid a detour to the hotel to drop off our luggages?

Hiking Registration Form in northern alps

May 8th, 2019

Hi there!

I am planning to do a hike from kamikochi to Mt.chogatake, I understand that all hikers are required to submit Hiking Registration Form. 

Could I submit the Hiking Registration Form on the day of my hike? Or I must submit a few days/ weeks in advance before my hike?


Kee Yee