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Norikura Kogen, Matsumoto

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Ski Area
Climb up for the striking views at Norikura Kogen, a highland area with a height of 2,700 m (8,860 ft). Formed by lava flow, the wide volcanic area features numerous caldera lakes and waterfalls you can discover by following the hiking map. Soak in the hot springs (onsen) or find a pond amidst the mountains and forests for a photo opportunity. You can rent bikes at the nearby resort town as another way to explore the area. Come prepared with comfortable shoes and an adequate wardrobe for changing conditions. Use our Matsumoto visit site to arrange your visit to Norikura Kogen and other attractions in Matsumoto.
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  • We visited for a couple of days in early September. Enjoyed very comfortable train/bus ride from Matsumoto, settled in the hotel and continued by bus. Another breathtaking ride up the windy road to...  more »
  • We were a bit worried when there was no one else on our public bus to the Norikura highlands, but relieved to find snow still there and a smattering of skiers still wringing out the season even...  more »
  • Very beautiful place far from tourist trap. Many small beautiful treks are available. Easy to go to Norikura submit from here too. Kamikochi and many beautiful natural onsen with nature view is accessable by bus from here too. I like this place very much. It is so beautiful that I forgot to take any picture.
  • Great place for hiking. There are several options for short and long hikes. We had the 2 day Matsumoto pass and visited Kamikochi on the first day and Norikura on the second one - very good combination.

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