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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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Kailua, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
78 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
5 helpful votes 5 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 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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229 reviews 229 reviews
25 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 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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Brisbane, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We visited Kamikochi in April last year and was absolutely blown away with how serene and beautiful it was - it seemed worlds apart from the east of Japan. It was a bit too cold to hike at Kamikochi in April but the weather was perfect for the circuit track around the area. It also meant that we managed to... More

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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've been there in Jun last year (2013), I came to Japan many times but almost for my business, not for traveling. However, last year the first time I spent my time for traveling in Japan. I came to some places I want to visit, Nara, Takayama, Shirakawago, Fuji mountain. I was so happy I put Kamikochi in my journey... More

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Austin, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We spent a couple of nights at the Imperial Hotel in Kamikochi, which is in the foothills of the Alps, with snow-capped mountains always in view. We had a remarkable hiking guide to show us the area. Emi Murashige (Emi-hat@syd.odn.ne.jp) took us on almost empty trails and explained so much about this truly beautiful area. Her English is great, and... More

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