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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2016
Best location for hiking in the Japanese Alps  (2 Answers)

I am going to travel to Japan in August (staying there for 10 days). I will land in Tokyo, which I have already visited in the past. This time I would like to visit the Japanese Alps, among other places. I am planning to spend 3 to 6 days there (not sure yet). What I am looking for is some small town / location in the mountains that:
- Can be used as a good base for hiking. I am looking for easy hikes in a beautiful natural environment (with nice views, possibly). 5 hours long hikes maximum.
- Is (possibly) a good example of rural, bucolic Japan.
- It is located in the Japanese Alps (or, in general, in the Nagano/Gifu region)
Do you know what could be the place I am looking for?
I am having some difficulties in finding comprehensive information about similar locations. For now, I have found something about Chūbu-Sangaku National Park (Kamikōchi), Jōshinetsu Kogen National Park (Karuizawa, which seems to be a little more to the East with respect to the core of the Japanse Alps) and Takayama (which seems to be a little too far from the actual mountain hikes). Also Tsumago-juku seems to be attractive but not really close to the mountains. Can you suggest some of these? Do you have other suggestions?

Thanks a lot!

Andrea from Italy



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2014
Visiting this week end ( Early October )  (2 Answers)

Will have any impact the Ontake volcano eruption on on this area ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 27, 2013
Cherry blossom?  (8 Answers)

Hi, I am interested to view cherry blossom in Japan, but I am told it is kind of late for some of the popular areas like the cities, Tokyo and Osaka, by the time I visit in 2nd week of April. I am told Nagano would be a good place, got chance, I checked Japan-guide.com and realized Matsumoto is one of the places for viewing cherry blossom even in April. I intend to travel to Nagano via Tokyo and I will make short trips to Matsumoto during the my stay at Nagano, does this sound good enough? I come from Singapore. Thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2011
Chuo Taxi Shuttle b/w Matsumoto and Tokyo’s Airports  (4 Answers)

Chuo Taxi Shuttle b/w Matsumoto and Tokyo’s Airports
Hi Guys,
Would anyone know how long will the journey take from Matsumoto to either Narita or Haneda with this shuttle service?
Also, what is their schedule?
Are they reliable?
Any other shuttle service between Matsumoto and Tokyo’s airports?

Thanks,
Mel


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2011
Alpico and Keio Bus b/w Matsumoto & Tokyo  (8 Answers)

Alpico and Keio Bus b/w Matsumoto & Tokyo
Hi Guys,
Anyone know for sure whether these buses have toilet on board?
Is reservation required for these buses?

I mananaged to get Alpico Bus' English page for Matsumoto route's schedule but nothing else...

Thanks,
Mel


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 03, 2007
Matsumoto and the Alps  (1 Answer)

My wife and myself will travel from Tokyo to Matsumoto (via Nagano) by train. We want to stay in Matsumoto or nearby for three days, hire a car and explore the area, going to Kamikochi, the Alps and to Kiso Valley. Then we go to Kyoto by train.

Would be helpful to hear from someone who knows the area or traveled there. We would like to find some nice (not too expensive) accommodation in Matsumoto or in the area, as a base. We would also welcome some tips on what to see within this time limit. We'd like to do some walking trips, but no longer than a few hrs.

Thanks,
Michal


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 17, 2006
Whats the deal with the samurai frogs????????  (2 Answers)

When I visited Matsumoto to see the amazing Crow Castle I also got a look at a very weird statue indeed. Two samurai frogs fighting a huge toad!

Anyone knows anything about it, please enlighten me!!!!!!!!!!! :O)





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