Kamikochi is a beautiful place nestled in the Northern Alps of Japan. It is closed during winter because of snow but opens in the spring around the end of April. I went the first week in May 2002 on a lovely spring day. It was raining in the morning but got quite warm as the day progressed. We walked around a pathway along the river until we reached a pond. We had Soba noodles for lunch here and then walked back again to the bus station.
How to get here:
From Nagano you should reserve a bus ticket (2500 Yen each way) at any travel agency. The bus leaves at 7.30 or 9.00 am from the East Exit of Nagano Station. From Matsumoto you should take the train to the end of the Kamikochi Line and from there take a bus about an hour to the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.