Backpacking and Camping in Kamikochi

Backpacking and Camping in Kamikochi


2020.05.06

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Backpacking and Camping in Kamikochi

There’s no better time to go camping in Japan than in the autumn. The rainy springs, muggy summers, and typhoons of early autumn are gone and the mosquitos are almost history. Kamikochi has options for campers of any comfort level.

Aside from the hotels in Kamikochi, there are a few different types of places to stay if you want a bit rougher experience, and you can even arrange them in English these days.

  • 01

    Konashidaira Camping Ground

    Konashidaira Camping Ground

    Konashidaira Camping Ground

    Around a five minute walk from Kappa Bridge you’ll find the Konashidaira camping retreat. The view here can’t get much better, with tent camping on the river directly in front of the best mountain scene, and cabins of various sizes just behind. You’ll need to book the cabins in advance, but if you have your own tent and gear you can just show up and pay 800 yen per adult as the camping fee.

    Konashidaira Camping Ground

    Konashidaira Camping Ground

    The facilities include a small restaurant, general store, and very well-maintained baths that are perfect for a long soak after coming off the mountain.

    Mori no Resort Konashi
    place
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi Kamikochi 4468
    phone
    0263952321
  • 02

    Myojinkan

    Myojinkan

    Myojinkan

    About an hour down the train from Konashidaira is the Myojinkan lodge. Rather than cabins, they function more like a hotel with separate rooms, though have shared dormitory-style rooms for single or budget travellers. This is great for getting a head start on a longer hike the following day, but the lodge is also a nice place to take a break on the benches outside and enjoy a packed lunch. Their fresh apple juice, while a bit expensive, is amazing.

    Myojinkan

    Myojinkan

  • 03

    Tokusawa Lodge and Tokusawa-en

    About another hour further on past Myojinkan is the Tokusawa area, with pricier rooms and food, but also including some nice grounds for setting up a tent if that’s how you’re travelling. The Tokusawa Lodge was closed for all of 2015 to do renovations, but will be reopened in Spring of 2016, and (despite being so far from Kamikochi) Tokusawa-en manages to have an upscale vibe with great aesthetics and space to relax. These locations act much more like a base-camp for those heading up to higher elevations, so you’ll find a very different crowd here than back at the Kappa Bridge.

    徳沢園
    place
    長野県松本市安曇上高地4468
    phone
    0263952508
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  • 04

    Yokoo Sanso

    A bit further on is Yokoo-Sanso, the final basecamp and about a three hour walk from Kamikochi. Here you have easy access to peaks up to 3000 meters high, but purely dormitory sleeping and no use of soaps in the bath to protect the environment. Plus you’ll find heaps of tents outside during peak season which can create a nice community vibe. Either way, you’ll be happy to have a bath of any kind once you’re back from scaling Mt. Yarigatake.

    Yokoo Sanso
    place
    Nagano Matsumoto-shi Azumi Kamikochi
    phone
    0263952421

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