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|9 2015/5/9||3 day (guided) hike|
Dear sir / madam,
When in Japan I realy like to do a 3 day hike in Kamikochi national Park. I haven't decided eaxactly but I want to go somewhere between 9 and 16 august. Realizing that this is the peakseason I problebly should plan ahead?
Since I think I will be traveling alone; I would like to join a guided group hike. I've been looking for something like that on internet but can't find anything. I realy hope you could help. I would like to walk for 4 to 6 hours a day and sleep in a hut (not in a tent).
thanks very much for your reply!
Note of webmaster: Hello,
August 9 and 16 is the busiest season in Kamikochi. I guess you want to hike in the high mountain area such as Mt. Yari and Hotaka. Even though such area is less busy than the center area of Kamikochi, huts are crowded and maybe you have to sleep in a very small space.
As for the guide, I asked a guide speaking English in a nature guide group but he says he cannot organize such English-guided group hike tour at that time. You can't hire a guide personally (expensive) nor join Japanese-guided group, can you? I am sorry that I cannot find helpful information.
|7 2015/2/18||Hiking around Matsumoto late march - early april|
We will be in Japan late March to early April this year. I understand that Kamikochi is still closed by then. Are there other opportunities to make one-two-three day hikes in the surroundings of Matsumoto during this time of the year?
Note of webmaster: Umm.. It is too early for hiking. Snow might remain on trails so if you have boots suitable for snow or snowshoes, you can hike 1000-2000m areas (Mastumoto downtown is 500-600m), such as Mount Hachibuse from Gakenoyu Hot Springs. Norikura Plataeu might be another alternative.
Lower short (only a few hours) hike courses such as Joyama Park to Alps Park, or a hiking course behild Asama Hot Springs are easier and probably you don't need snow gears.
|6 2014/10/7||how to travel|
best way to travel from tokyo airport to Matsumoto
Note of webmaster: Pls see this page.
|5 2013/4/11||Question on tourist information|
Geachte mrs. or mr.
By this way I would like to introduce myself, Leydy Lübbers, director of TAO Japan Specialist. We are specialist in special interest tours to Japan. Allready 30 years I do visit Japan countrysite (Tsumago, Shiragawago, Koyasan, Matsumoto, Shikoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido and many other places in the countryside etc.)
Now I search information which I cannot find on internet so I ask you if you can send me information.We want to prepair for Dutch people information on going to Kamikochi.
In Holland we do not have a Japan Tourist Information Organisation. So very difficult to get good maps and pamflets.
1) Maps for 1-8 days walking trails from Kamikochi to Kawasawa-dake, Daikiretto, Yari-ga-dake,yoko-samso, Tokusawa-en and back to Kamikochi. Also alternative route through Karasawa valley.
2) Adreslist of mountainhuts or lodges all the way on these trails. And also the prices and how we can make reservations.
3) Information pamflets (10x) on Kamikochi area
4) Hotel adreslist of lodges and minshuku/ryokan in Kamikochi village
5) Transport from Kamikochi to other parts in the Japan Alps.
If you have questions, please write me. Thank you very much for your attention
If you do not have this information, please can you send me the faxnumbers or email adresses of tourist information centers in Kamikochi area who know more. Special information on making reservations in Lodges/mountain huts when I make a 5 days trekking from Kamikochi
Note of webmaster: Hi Lubbers san,
Thank you for contacting with us about tourist info. Actually, it would be hard for me to answer your questions on this site.
So please email me at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' Then we talk about this in detail.
Teddy Yamaishi (Mr.)
Matsumoto Tourism & Convention Association
|4 2010/9/27||hiking in the area|
Thank you for your answer!.
So if we wanna walk/hike in the area, we can just take a bus on Saturday and ond Sunday to for example Kamikochi and go back to Matsumoto in the evening/the end of the day?
Thanks in Advance
Note of webmaster: Rianne,
Yes, you can take bus and train to Kamikochi, Norikura, Kiso or Azumino for one day hike, like caterina's question and my answer.
Of course, if you stay one of those suburban places, you can also enjoy wonderful morning hike and night stars if the sky is clear.
Have a nice trip,
|3 2010/9/20||hiking in the area|
Me and my boyfriend will visit Matsumoto from Friday 15th Oktober till Monday 18 Oktober, and we already booked a hotel for those 3 nights in Matsumoto. What a great and useful website is this!! However we do not know for sure wether it is possible to book a hiking trip in the area once we arrive in Matsumoto? Or do we have to book anything in advance?
We have no hiking experience at all, but we like to do a simple 1 day hike trip on saturday, and one simple one on sunday (where doesn't really matter, taking a bus for an hour or so, is no problem at all). Is this possible? And what do you recommend us?
Our main question thus is: if we arrive at friday 15th, can we still book a sort of hiking tour for saturday 16 and sunday 17?
Thanks in advance!
Note of webmaster: Hi Rianne.
October 15th-18th is a good season for hiking to enjoy fall foliage in Norikura highlands and Kamikochi.
There is no regular Engish tour and you can hike by yourselves there, but if you are willing to pay, we could introduce you to professional nature guides who speak English (not fluently) and guide with explaination of nature and culture in Kamikochi. Or, Goodwill guides NPO (see our Links Page page) might provide a volunteer guide.
Also, Kiso Valley (Nakasendo) is a popular hiking trail and you can hike there by yourselves.
Hi Goerge and John Koons, I have a friend in Matsumoto who wants to learn English to pass the TOEFL test, do you have more information on that, thanks Khoi
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