Stargazing or Nighttime Forest Walk at Kamikochi, Nagano


Nagano's Kamikochi area is known for its scenic, idyllic views in daytime, but it's just as beautiful at night — see for yourself on this night tour! On a clear night, lie back and stargaze. Or, on a cloudy night, explore the dark woods with a guide!


  • See what Kamikochi is like at night: tranquil woods and an obstruction-free night sky so clear that you can see the stars
  • Learn to make the most of your senses in pitch-black darkness: adjust your eyesight and listen for animal cries
  • Beginner-friendly and suitable for all ages — a gentle walk that's just 1 km at most
  • Discover Kamikochi’s charms with the help of your friendly English-speaking guide

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Important Information

- This activity may be canceled due to rain or other conditions. In the event that this happens, we will contact you by 19:30 on the day before your activity to refund or reschedule - You cannot choose whether to stargaze or take a nighttime forest walk; it will depend on the condition of the night sky on your activity date - The Kamikochi area is closed to traffic at night, and public transportation is unavailable, so this activity is only open to those spending the night in the area. For accommodation, we recommend the vicinity of Kappabashi Bridge or Tashirobashi Bridge - One adult may bring one child aged 0–15 for free, but the second child onward must pay full price - As a COVID-19 prevention measure, please wear a mask - Please understand that in booking this activity, we may share your booking information (but without individually identifiable data) to the Ministry of the Environment, with which this activity is affiliated. By making a booking, you signify that you agree to these terms.


This tour is available daily, except during winter. It lasts for 50 minutes, and roughly follows these itineraries: Itinerary for Clear Nights 20:30 — Meet at the lobby of Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi; briefing; start walking 20:40 — Stargazing near Kamikochi Bus Terminal 21:10 — Walk back to Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi 21:20 — Return to Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi; activity ends Itinerary for Cloudy Nights 20:30 — Meet at the lobby of Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi; briefing; head for Dakesawa Marsh for the night walk 21:20 — Return to Gosenjaku Hotel Kamikochi; activity ends

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