I do not know why this is so, but anytime I hit Kamikochi I start shaking like a high school kid on his first date, presumably because I get awed at the sight of Dakesawa Chimney: the huge mountain slopes outstretched before your eyes when you stand on Kappa Bridge, or perhaps at the picture-perfect lines of ‘Suspension Ridges’ of the Northern Alps Hotaka Mountains. The night before, I stayed in an onsen village called Shin–Hotaka, one of the best in the Okuhida areas, IMO. Yes, it was very hazy, the reason being sand dust bombarded not only Takayama but the Hotaka-Kamikochi area. Newspaper said it was the first time the sand dust from the continent had ever reached Takayama and its surrounds. Back in the Kansai area, May is the hazy, sand-dust month when you can see dusty car roofs everywhere though.
Anyway, I had expected to see, while driving my rental car, an awe-inspiring snow-capped mountain view when I got out of the tunnel at Hirayu, a gateway to Kamikochi from the Takayama side; on a clear day, part of the Northern Japan Alps: Mt Spearhead, West Hotaka and the ridges running from east to west, loom ahead. It was overcast, and even spitting with rain right at the moment I set my foot outside JR Takayama. Had thought of just grabbing a bite somewhere around here, but I had half an hour to kill before having to show up at the rental car office, so I ended up at a table in some ramen restaurant opposite from that railroad station…, which I shouldn’t have. Sorry, but the ramen didn’t quite agree with me. Then I checked in at the rental office and hit the road all the way to Shin-Hotaka, via Hirayu. Sakuras, on the wane though, were still pretty much visible while driving on Route158 and 471. Once you got to the outskirts of the city, the traffic was light and smooth: 70-75 minutes after departure, I arrived in Shin-Hotaka.
Sorry for rambling, but that was my Day1.
Not up to par at all, far below is the link to my photos.
Caveat: most of the stuffs are somewhat blurred images of snowy mountains, so if you aren't into nature and permissive as well to lousy shots you'll end up in clicks-after-clicks...but then I'd be glad if you came to find something unique about my destinations:
Lastly, here’s a big thank-you to my fellow TA'er, who pasted the link in one of her previous posts. And so, al-the-squid, I hope you don't mind me making use of it to upload mine.