We decided to escape the 35 degree heat on the weekend and go camping up into the Japanese Alps of Nagano to the Kamikochi area. The area is a National Park where cars are prohibited from entering for ‘preserving and maintaining the virgin nature’. Which, of course, brings bus-loads of tourists. But, once you get further up away from the crowds (and don’t look too closely at the bulldozed river), it really is a very scenic and beautiful spot.
With the soaring mountain peaks, it is truely deserving of its tag ‘The Japanese Alps’:
Once past the bus-stop and main tourist area, the hiking course winds up the slope along the river:
And then back into a birch forest:
There are small streams running through the forest – I imagine in spring they would be flooded with melt-off from the snow:
Every now and then we could catch a glimpse of the mountain peaks:
After a couple of hours walking through the forest we came back out towards the river and eventually the campsite: