Kamikochi is a high mountain valley approximately 18 kilometers in length, situated in the Hida Mountains, "the Northern Japan Alps" in Nagano Prefecture. The average elevation of the valley floor ranges between roughly 1,400 m above sea level at the south end and roughly 1,600 m at the northern tip. Kamikochi is one of the popular tourist destinations in Japan where offers some of its most spectacular mountain scenery and a variety of hiking trails. It is open from mid/late April until November 15 and closes down during the winter season. The scenery of Kamikochi enchants visitors throughout the four seasons, from the fresh greenery of spring and the lilies and Malus toringo that bloom in summer, to the colourful foliage of autumn. If you are lucky enough, you may get a glimpse of animals including Japanese macaques, stoats, rabbits and serow in their natural habitat.