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beautiful and windy

Beautiful works of art, interesting and fun. When planning your visit, take into account that the... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2018
Irina K
Kobe, Japan
Beautiful, scenic walk and view of mountain ranges

Really lovely day spent hiking around the plateau. Some beautiful points along the Long Trail, like... read more

Reviewed November 1, 2015
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May 6, 2018
“beautiful and windy”
Jan 12, 2018
“Hit or miss, depending on the season you visit in”
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

Beautiful works of art, interesting and fun. When planning your visit, take into account that the weather forecast is taken down in the valley, while the museum is located (beautifully!) on the mountain top. So... the temperatures are lower and the wind is stronger at...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed January 12, 2018

While I was enamoured by the images of the Utsukushigahara Highlands, I was thoroughly disappointed when I visited in early Oct 2017. The entire area was smothered in fog and clouds. Not a thing to be seen even at 2,000m above sea level. Without the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed November 1, 2015

Really lovely day spent hiking around the plateau. Some beautiful points along the Long Trail, like a rock overhang into the valley surrounded by mountain ranges. We started the hike from the Open Air Art Museum, which has free parking and an easy boardwalk start...More

Date of experience: October 2015
3  Thank XavierZen
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James C
Sydney, Australia
Winter day road trip from Matsumoto (4 Replies)
Hi all, My partner and I are visiting Matsumoto in early March for 2 nights with a car. We have a full day to explore the surroundings and would love to explore anything notable, especially natural scenery, within 2 hours of Matsumoto. Doing some research we had a look into Utsukushigahara Highlands but judging from google maps streetview, noted the road may be treacherous in late winter conditions. Perhaps anyone with experience of the area in early March could comment? Shirahone onsen...More
January 30, 2017|
Response fromRenga|
You could easily go to Nagano City and see the temple without a car. I wouldn't go anywhere on snow/ice without a 4WD vehicle. While Matsumoto itself doesn't get a lot of snow, it gets very cold. Ice is always an issue if the roads are wet. Personally, I'd stick to trains....