Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Is it possible to drive my car to Taishoike Hotel?
It is not possible. You must change to a bus or taxi because Taisho-ike Pond is located within the Kamikochi protected area. If you plan to come from the Matsumoto area, you are requested to transfer to bus or taxi at Sawando, or transfer at Hirayu if you come from the Takayama area.
As for local parking lots, please refer to this page (in Japanese):
Is it possible to board a bus at the Taishoike bus stop?
Since bus stops vary according to destination, please refer to this page:Boarding a bus from Taishoike bus stop
According to the bus timetable, Kamikochi-bound bus services from Taishoike bus stop are operated only once an hour. Is that true?
Bus services posted on the timetable are those from Shin-shimashima only. There are additional bus services bound for Sawando and Hirayu Onsen where you park your private car. These latter bus services are operated at intervals of 20 minutes during daytime hours, respectively. This means buses come to the Taishoike bus stop every 15 minutes or so.
Do we need a “Josha seiri-ken” or numbered ticket to board these buses?
Buses requiring a “Josha seiri-ken” ticket are those bound for Shin-shimashima and Shirahone Onsen/Norikura Kogen only. No such ticket is necessary for buses bound for Sawando and Hirayu.
Since these tickets are not for seat reservation but simply for indicating the order of boarding, they are useful only when boarding at the Kamikochi Bus Terminal.
It is almost always possible to secure a seat at the Taishoike bus stop on Shin-shimashima-bound buses departing early from Kamikochi Bus Terminal between 8:00 and 9:00. For details, please refer to this page:
When can we view the famous morning haze?
The mystic morning haze can be best enjoyed mainly in the summer season when there are significant temperature differences between daytime and morning (or evening).
The morning haze may also be seen even in seasons other than summer, particularly in the morning after a rain.
Please refer to this page for questions about Kamikochi in general: