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Kamikochi is a remote mountainous highland in the northern part of the Japan Alps, which has been preserved in its natural state.

The highlands reach an altitude of 1,500 m.

It was Walter Weston, a British missionary and mountain climber, who introduced Kamikochi to the world in the 19th century.

Since then many climbers have come to know about this place, considered to be one of the most scenic spots in Japan.

The symbol of Kamikochi is the Kappa-bashi Bridge, a 36 meter-long and 3 meter-wide wooden suspension bridge over the Azusa-gawa River.

With the Hodaka Mountain Range rising in front and the volcanic Mt. Yake-dake in the south billowing white smoke, the Kappa-bashi bridge is known as one of the most scenic spots in Kamikochi.

Kamikochi is sometimes referred to as the Japan's Yosemite, although it is considerably smaller than its American one.


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