I had a chance to stay in Kamikochi, at the foot of the Japan Alps. Kamikochi is popular for a carless resort and for the hiking courses you can enjoy in a national park, but many tourists visit only in the daytime.
But, its natural beauty in the evening and morning is awesome.
Kamikochi is located between Takayama and Matsumoto, two spots popular among foreign travelers and you can visit by bus from both towns.
Taisho Pond and Mt. Yakedake, an active volcano. The pond was created by an eruption of Yakedake in the Taisho era.
Taisho Pond with the backdrop of the Japan Alps
Mysterious foggy pond
Nobody was on the Kappa Bridge, the major and busy spot in Kamikochi.
Shimizu River. Its water is 100% from a natural spring, so the river is never muddy even after a heavy rain.
I met wild monkeys. Kamikochi is also a place you can meet them closely.
Kappa Bridge in the morning
Walking trail in the woods