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Norikura Kogen

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Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-93-2147
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Hidden Gem

This park receives less visitors than the neighbouring ones and as such you are more in the wild as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Three water falls at the same time!

We travelled about 20 minutes by car over a very windy road (twisting and turning). It was cool to... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Kamakura, Japan
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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 various 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 renowned 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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“trails” (2 reviews)
“waterfall” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Azumi, Matsumoto 390-1520, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

2  Thank Canmaninjapan
Reviewed 21 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 KingofCarrotFlowers
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

3  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
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

4  Thank DLi_hk
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.

Thank sylvain2noumea
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...More

1  Thank 55Kenji
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Abdulrzaq a
26 July 2017|
Response from Seth M | Property representative |
Hello, Here is how to access Norikura Kogen from Matsumoto station on public transportation. (Step 1 TRAIN) Matsumoto Station to Shinshimashima Station (Matsumoto Dentetsu - Kamikochi Line) (Step 2 BUS) Shinshimashima... More
5 February 2017|
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