By Japanese larch trees, Azusa River drains Mount Hotaka. Kamikochi, Hida Mountains, Chubu-Sangaku NP, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.
The Azusa River drains Mount Hotaka (Hotaka-dake or the Hotaka Mountains), whose highest peak is Okuhotakadake (3190 m or 10,470 ft), in the "Northern Japan Alps" (Hida Mountains) in Chubu-Sangaku National Park, Japan. This is Kamikochi ("Upper Highlands"), a high valley last logged in the mid 1800s, now a popular nature resort. The valley floor ranges from 1400 m (4600 ft) to 1600 m (5200 ft) elevation. The karamatsu, or Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi or Larix leptolepis) is a tree native to Japan, in the mountains of Chubu and Kanto regions in central Honshu. Its needle-like leaves are light glaucous green, turning bright yellow to orange before falling in autumn. The scientific name honours Engelbert Kaempfer.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download