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Address: Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520 , Nagano Prefecture
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+81 263-93-2304
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Norikura Kogen (Highland) is a large area spreading in the east of Mt....

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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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 train and 40 minute bus from Matsumoto up to the highlands. I stayed at Guesthouse... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 May 2016
Temma C
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 a private outdoor Onsen - a recommended place for those looking for a decent, basic... More 

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Seth M, Public Relations Manager at Norikura Kogen, responded to this review

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 there is anything we could do to make your next visit more enjoyable. Be well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 hiker all day. From the Norikura tourist centre (stop "Kanko center mae", not quite the... More 

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Seth M, Public Relations Manager at Norikura Kogen, responded to this review

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 Kogen more enjoyable in the future. Be well Seth More 

Matsumoto, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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 than the bus. Summer is everything else you've read elsewhere. And the best time for... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the "fall" belt lies b/w 2300-2000m, there were pockets of foliage with vivid colours on... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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.

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Nara Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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 thick jacket and ear cover.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 very rainy and foggy day, that 5 seconds that the fog cleared and revealed the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

Stunning views through the hiking trails and up to the ice walls. cost around 33 dollars for a return ticket using the train and buses

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