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Norikura Kogen

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The top of Norikura is about 2700m night. But you do not have to do hiking but use a car Toride up... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Yokohama, Japan
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Bike ride up Mt Norikura

I rode my bike from Matsumoto to the top of Mt Norikura. I stopped on the way down at several shops... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2018
angus r
Mooloolaba, 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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-93-2147
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

The top of Norikura is about 2700m night. But you do not have to do hiking but use a car Toride up 2700m view. There is a lake at top and you could see nice views from the top. You could also take a hike...More

1  Thank kita-man
Reviewed 3 July 2018

I rode my bike from Matsumoto to the top of Mt Norikura. I stopped on the way down at several shops and cafes in Norikura Kogen. very friendly locals. A spectacularly scenic location.

1  Thank angus r
Reviewed 25 May 2018

Our cycle tour rode up to the Norikura Pass from the west - 19 kms and about 1,300 metres climbed. Great views and waterfalls on the way up, but road is twisty and in parts narrow for cars.

1  Thank Charlie S
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

This park receives less visitors than the neighbouring ones and as such you are more in the wild as you hike the paths. Possibly the scenery isn't so good but you have the area more to yourself least in the Autumn so you can chill...More

Thank LondonTell
Reviewed 23 September 2017

We travelled about 20 minutes by car over a very windy road (twisting and turning). It was cool to see no convenience stores...just nature and mountains. Came to a ski area. Parked up the hill and hiked about 30 minutes. We came to three waterfalls...More

3  Thank Canmaninjapan
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Situated on the way up a mountain, the temperature here is several degrees cooler than the valley below, and the views are incredible of the mountains above. Visit Northstar Lodge and Outdoor adventures for year round fun. Run by English speaking staff, it is a...More

1  Thank Jessica D
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 Kashmir_Ingenue
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...More

4  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 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...More

Thank MatsumotoBP
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13 August 2018|
Response from Seth M | Property representative |
Hi there, There will still be some snow on the ground the end of April but you should be able to hike around the area. Might be good to have cool weather clothes.
31 July 2018|
Response from Seth M | Property representative |
Norikura Kogen as an area does not close to visitors and is open year round. You may have read that Kamikochi closes from Nov. to April. November is an off season in Norikura Kogen and there is less to do but still offers... More
Vladimir B
26 February 2018|
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Response from Canmaninjapan | Reviewed this property |
PS, my wife will check it out for you later today after work.