Morning at Kamikochi
I climbed Mt. Yakedake on September 21st. Mt. Yakedake is an active volcano that you can see above Taisho-ike pond in Kamikochi
. It took 4 hours to climb to the peak from Kamikochi, and 2.5 hours to go down to Nakanoyu Hot Springs. From Nakanoyu you can catch a bus. From the peak, it takes about 3 hours to return back to Kamikochi.
Mt. Yakedake is a popular mountain because it’s an active volcano in the Japan Alps, and it’s just a day-hike from Kamikochi. From the top of the mountain the view of the Japan Alps is fantastic. I saw vapor coming out around the peak and felt that the earth is really alive.
In Nagano, you can also climb the world famous active volcano Mt. Asama near Karuizawa.
View of Hotaka Mountains and Kamikochi from the top of Yakadake