This wooden suspension bridge (see picture below) on Azusa-gawa River, Kappa-bashi
Bridge, 36.6 meters long and 3.1 meter wide, is the symbol of
Kamikochi. With Hodaka Mountains rising in front and Mt. Yake-dake
in the south billowing white smoke, Kappa-bashi is known as one of
the most scenic spots in Kamikochi.
Kamikochi is a highland basin surrounded by high and steep mountains called the Japan Alps. The basin spreads out along Azusa River that flows down from one of those mountains, Mt. Yarigatake. One of the most scenic mountain spots in the country, Kamikochi attracts a great number of visitors: the mountain views are magnificent and the scattered lakes and clear waters of Azusa River create the beautiful scenery. Kamikochi is also the gateway to the surrounding peaks and charms many mountain climbers. The area belongs to Chubu Sangaku National Park and is designated as a Special Natural Monument.
It was Walter Weston, a British missionary and mountain climber who
introduced this place to the world in the 19th century and since
then many climbers have come to know about this place. Kamikochi is
one of the most scenic spots in Japan and belongs to Chubu-sangaku
The whole area is covered with virgin forests of birches, Japanese
larch trees and Japanese hemlocks. Taisho-ike Pond, Tashiro-ike Pond
and Myojin-ike Pond are scattered in the forest and produce a
beautiful landscape by reflecting the high-rising mountain peaks.
Taisho-ike Pond presents a very special scene. In the early 20th
century, Mt. Yake-dake erupted and dammed Azusa-gawa River to form
Taisho-ike Pond, where trees stand decayed in the blue water. The
young leaves of birch trees are so beautiful in June that they are
called "light green mist", and attract many tourists. The foliage is
at its peak in October and many visitors come to admire their