It’s 4:30 in the morning. A crowd of people waits for the sunrise. The sun’s rays turn the mountainsides red. The northern Alps are very popular with climbers in Japan. Kamikochi, which lies in a mountain valley, is known as the gateway to this region. The name Kamikochi originally meant the place where the God descends. These climbers love these mountains so much they’ve been visiting numerous times. It’s not only the mountains that are beautiful. In Kamikochi, the star-filled night sky awaits you. Sometimes special events are held at the unique mountain hut. Every year more than 1,000,000 tourists visit Kamikochi. However, the area is only open from April through to November. Access is strictly controlled to protect the nature. During summer, for 50 days, local people protect the climbers with their own mountain rescue service. Welcome to Kamikochi, a mountain paradise open for a limited time only.