Kamikochi @1400m is another favourite ‘koyo’ spot for us. We first visited in Nov 1999 when most foliage passed peak and were mostly brownish, with many leaves on the ground. We returned twice in different months – once in May and another trip in Oct. In 2010 we returned for the 4th time, hoping to catch fall colours at its peak. Turned out to be about 70% at eye level, where on the mountain slopes there were some patches of red and yellow.
We arrived early in the morning to start our trekking from Taisho-ike. The pond was almost still and serene. With almost perfect reflections of the Mt Hotaka range, Mt Yaki etc in the water, we were so pleased with Kamikochi as the finale of this koyo trip.