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Norikura Kogen

#4 of 111 things to do in Matsumoto Features Animals
Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520 , Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-93-2304
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Wondeful hike from the guesthouse to the mountain range

Leave early and pack some food. Stayed at Guesthouse Raicho and took the hike up to the top whilst... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
KingofCarrotFlowers
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Kashmir, India
Tranquil, remote place with great access to hiking and Onsens (hot springs)

This was one of my favourite places in Japan. I decided to go last minute, taking the 30 minute... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2016
Temma C
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Melbourne, Australia
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Norikura Kogen (Highland) is a large area spreading in the east of Mt. Norikura (3,026 m), which is the 10th highest mountain and one of the younger volcanoes in Japan. You can enjoy the magnificent views from Japan's highest highway (2,700m) over Mt. Norikura. There are also many viewpoints like water falls, flower gardens, and caldera lakes. Ushidome-ike is a beautiful pond, which gives you one of the best views of the mountains especially on a breathless morning or calm sunset. You can enjoy varous activities like hiking, biking, jogging, birdwatching or just a peaceful walk in nature. The annual "Tenku Marathon" and "All Japan Norikura Mountain Cycling Race" are held in June and August each year. In Winter, Mt. Norikura Ski Resort is a reknowned winter destination. The snow remains year round and some skiers enjoy skiing as late as August on Mt. Norikura. After walking or skiing, you can soak in Norikura Kogen Onsen (hot springs), which are famous for their white onsen water. Norikura is also famous for delicious soba noodles and other local mountain vegetables.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520 , Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Leave early and pack some food. Stayed at Guesthouse Raicho and took the hike up to the top whilst you can also take the bus if you prefer that. The trail led to wonderful vistas as well as interesting flora and fauna. Under the radar...More

Thank KingofCarrotFlowers
Reviewed 24 May 2016

This was one of my favourite places in Japan. I decided to go last minute, taking the 30 minute train and 40 minute bus from Matsumoto up to the highlands. I stayed at Guesthouse Raicho, which was cheap with a awesome host, backpacking atmosphere and...More

2  Thank Temma C
Seth M, Public Relations Manager at Norikura Kogen, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

Hello and thank you for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Norikura Kogen at Guesthouse Raicho. The owner there has been doing a great job taking care of foreign guests. We would love to hear If...More

Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

It was early spring and most trees were bare but I had a great day trudging through the snow (a little treacherous at times and sometimes difficult to make out the directions but the path through the snow was well-trodden) and saw only one other...More

3  Thank mrdom
Seth M, Public Relations Manager at Norikura Kogen, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2016

Thank you for your review. I enjoyed reading about your adventure in and around Norikura Kogen. The route you took is one of my favorites. Please let us know if there is anything we could do as an area to make a trip to Norikura...More

Reviewed 20 January 2016

This area is very accessible as a day trip from Matsumoto every month of the year. Simple breakdown: Winter is for skiing and snowshoe adventures around the base of the volcano. Spring has some beautiful wild flowers and bus tours through walls of snow taller...More

Thank MatsumotoBP
Reviewed 24 November 2015

From late Sep onwards, fall foliage would commence its descend from 2700m. Took the only shuttle bus to Tatami-daira (terminal) and started descending along the main road, alongside with many others doing the same, while from time to time, there were cyclists ascending ! Though...More

3  Thank DLi_hk
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Not really interesting architecture. The time for a picture while walking the historic streets of Matsumoto, is enough. Not worth just to go for it.

Thank sylvain2noumea
Reviewed 13 October 2015

You can accesss not your car but a shuttle bus. From "Fujimi-dake" (within 1hour walking), you will see the great landscape. You can see the Japan North Alps .HODAKA, YARIGATAKE etc. The wind temperatue was extreamly cold even if early Octber. Plese do not forget...More

Thank 55Kenji
Reviewed 2 October 2015

It takes a very long time to get there - many train and bus transfers - but it is very worth it. Love the onsen.

Thank Cyclistyo
Reviewed 1 October 2015

Norikura Kogen and Tatami-daira are great for hiking! I recommend visiting the Ichinose Meadow area at Norikura Kogen for the flowers and ponds. At Tatami-daira, hiking to the peaks (~3,000m) let you see amazing views of the lands below. Even though I went on a...More

3  Thank ciramisu
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Norikura Bus Terminal , Tatami-Daira, is 2700m height. The temperature is 15 degrees here, while i t is 35 degrees in Tokyo. During between the late of July and the beginning of August, the alpine flowers are at their best.

Thank Yo-Chan1
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Igzem
Hi, I am travelling to Matsumoto with 80 year old mum end of April. We want to take bus to Norikura Kogen and walk a bit. She can do long walks, but not steep ones. Is the place suitable and also any tip on how to best get there?
4 February 2017|
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Response from SethRM |
Hello Igzem, That's great that you are traveling to Japan with your mum. There are some flat grade trails in the area that should be suitable. Please keep in mind that there could still be snow on the ground the end of April... More
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Caroline W
Hi how can i book a ticket online from Takayama to Matsumoto and then from Matsumoto to tokyo?? many thanks
6 April 2016|
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Response from 55Kenji | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Caroline If you want to book a railway train ticket, try to acess JR(Japan railway) URL as follows . From TAKAYAMA station to MATSUMOTO station jr-central From MATSUMOTO station to TOKYO station jreast I recommend... More
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