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Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Kamikochi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Mountains, National Parks
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Alberta, Canada
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121 reviews 121 reviews
63 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

First of all let me say that I live 30 minutes from the Canadian Rockies so when it comes to mountain views I suppose I'm spoiled...having said that we were a little let down to be honest. Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful area and the water is crystal clear, but the mountain range itself is not awe inspiring,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I loved this area so much. Obviously it was so safe, because well it is Japan, but besides that, the views are incredible. Beautiful mountains, streams, monkeys and other nature just walking distance from the bust stop. I stayed 2 nights, wish I had stayed 3. I am not an experienced hiker (there are experienced and longer paths) so I... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

To preserve nature and clear air, it is prohibited use regular auto mobile,except taxis,, and limited bus, only hybrid ones can access there. Even taxi and hybrid bus can't access there in night time. There is a gate to keep the rule and there are gate keepers who standing in front of the gate. Thanks the rule, you can breath... More

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Kailua, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is a beautiful area, but not exactly wild, at least not in the main park area. The Azusa river is clear and rushes by, the mountain peaks tower above and the marked walking path is pleasant enough. It is not a wilderness experience, but it has its interesting points. We were able to see the fabled monkeys foraging in... More

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Aberdeen, UK
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171 reviews 171 reviews
88 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Visited for a few hours between takayama and Matsumoto. Bus links straightforward with Nohi bus, and luggage storage area in kamikochi. Great weather during our visit and stunning alpine scenery. Walked for a couple of hours, but plenty of other walks in the area if you have longer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

A nature paradise, you will be able to have view of snowy mountains and crystal clear water, but be prepared as you will have to walk quite a long distance.

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Grimbergen, Belgium
4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Kamikochi was the absolute highlight of our entire trip to Japan! I was blown away by the beauty and purity of the forest, rivers, mountains and snow. The hiking trails are well maintained and incredibly clean (especially when you consider there is not a single garbage can in sight; you're obliged to take your garbage back home). There are some... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My advice about this walk is to take the hut walk - the walk around the river you can do later take some clothes in case the weather sets in but its easy (although you may feel it the next day) Loved the images and there is a photo opportunity at every curve

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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247 reviews 247 reviews
34 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

From Matsumoto it's not cheap - you need to get a ¥4550 train/bus combo ticket which is marginally cheaper than buying separate tickets as you go along. It's not covered by JR pass. Originally we wanted to do the Shinhotaka Ropeway but it was far too difficult from Matsumoto in early June (no direct buses until July) so we did... More

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Sydney, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This area of Japan is mindbogglingly stunning. The colours, the mountains, the people, the facilities and the landscape is just a hikers dream. The national park offices are incredibly helpful with helping you plan your trip and provide hiking with maps and advice about expected weather patterns. The campsites are all in prime-locations. The hiking routes are splendidly maintained and... More

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