Choosing to work for an internship program at the Natural Parks Foundation, Kamikochi is something I will always cherish. Staffs are very welcoming, filled with high spirits and working with dedication, commitment, and passion.
Thank you Kamikochi for allowing me this wonderful opportunity, it has been a wonderful learning experience.
Upon arrival I was greeted by the beautiful scenic view of the mountainous forests – in fact what is visible at Kamikochi are some of Japan’s highest mountains. Joining the mountain
climbers is one fun activity to do in Kamikochi, particularly at the Chubu Sangaku national park in the summer. Once reaching the top of the mountain you are not only get to see
the sun rise in the morning, but get to view the wonderful aspects that nature and the beautiful unique landscape the park offers such as mountain ranges, volcanoes, river systems, lake and the list goes on. The Park does not only provide settings for healthy outdoor living and recreation, thus exploring more will not only reconnect one with nature, for me ersonally it enables me to understand more of nature. In addition,it provides me a sense of not only adventure, but more of a challenge and self-discovery, realizing that I can do more than what I have contributed in the past towards conservation. This has been a wonderful feeling. Kamikochi is filled with its richness in biodiversity with more than 700 plant species around the park and is a home to some of Japan’s rare and endangered bird and animal species. The park has a unique landscape, enhancing its natural beauty particularly with the growth of some native species around Kamikochi. This has also allowed the opportunity for students around the area to learn, thus providing opportunity for public education. On my sixth day at
the park, I had a chance to meet with the parkvolunteers who are from all over Japan and manage to share information on Kamikochi and learn from them as well.