Kamikochi and Yarigatake
- July 2002
After a short rest in Matsumoto we took
the train to Shin Shimajima and then the bus into the Kamikochi
valley. A lot had changed since I walked in Kamikochi in the 1980's.
Then about 250,000 people per year visited the valley, but I was
surprised to learn that the figure was more like 5 million in 2002!
Nick at Matsumoto Station
Yokoo "Base Camp"!
View up the valley towards Mt. Yari
Looking back down the valley towards Yarisawa Lodge
Yarigatake finally comes into view
Yari getting closer
Looking across the valley to Otensho
"Morning Setto" breakfast at Yari Lodge
Typical! You pose for a photo an then somebody walks into view!
Yari viewed from the lodge as the
sun goes down.
You can just make out the hordes of climbers.
It gets so busy that they have introduced an "Up" and a "Down" route
The ridge towards Kitahotaka
Watching the sun rise
View back down the valley
On the way down - Yarisawa Lodge