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643 2018/3/5 Kamikochi and Hoppo
My plan in Japan is around 4-13 April'18. I've seen Kamikochi in many websites and it is very interesting. Unfortunately, I found that it was close and it will open on 17 April'18 referring from

I'm not sure that there is a way to go in my vacation. It's really good to see...

Anyway, if I miss Kamikochi could you please recommend the place where is similar to this place. I'm interested in natural trip.

I've heard about Hoppo pond trip. Could you please inform about this program.

Thank you very much in advanced.

Note of webmaster: Hello Ippo,

Unfortunately, since the mountain is still closed, the only way to see Kamikochi would probably be a guided tour. Winter weather conditions remain so it is still cold on the mountain, and there is snow is on the trails.
If you would like to see a view of the Japan Alps up close, you could try the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway.

The Daio Wasabi Farm, although not in the mountains, offers a nice area for a stroll and great views of the Japan Alps up close.

As for Hoppo Pond, it is accessible by gondola and ski lifts, but requires hiking. Like with Kamikochi, snow remains even in April, so the only way to access it may be by snowshoe. More information is available here:

If you are interested in a snowshoe tour, some are available in the Norikura Highlands. Please see our Winter Activities page for more information.

Hope you are able to enjoy the outdoors!

- Paige