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Norikura Kogen, Matsumoto

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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. To visit Norikura Kogen and other attractions in Matsumoto, use our Matsumoto trip builder.
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Where to stay in Matsumoto

Matsumoto strikes a balance between the old and the new in its accommodations, as it does with most other aspects of its urban design and culture. The area directly around the main train station houses many of the newer options in town, including some large hotels, both basic and luxury, and a couple of smaller, family-run options. The more historic area north of here has hotels and "ryokan" (guesthouses) with a little more history and character, and with the main attractions of the old town on their doorsteps. The surrounding rural area features a number of hotels with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) and campsites.
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  • 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 interestin...  more »
  • 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 che...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »