Kamikochi – Day 2

The next day we set off and took a different route across the river to walk back to the station. The hiking route actually continues all the way around the river and then to the summit of the peaks but not quite at this level yet:

Kamikochi D2-1

Bridge over the river:

Kamikochi D2-2

This side of the river is mostly wetland and you walk along boardwalks through the marshes:

Kamikochi D2-5

Ducks:

Kamikochi D2-4

Even though it’s the middle of summer there is still some snow and ice:

Kamikochi D2-6

The kappa-bashi bridge:

Kamikochi D2-7

Monument to Walter Weston, a British missionary who first popularised mountaineering in Japan (previously it was mainly only for religious ascetics) and campaigned to have Kamikochi preserved as a national park. Apparently the monument was hidden during the war to save it from being melted down:

Kamikochi D2-8

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