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Kamikochi Hiking Questions

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Hi everyone. I am now officially just two months away from my 17-day trip to Japan and am very excited. I am planning to spend one day hiking in Kamikochi during the middle of my trip. I will be there on November 13, so two days before Kamikochi closes for the season. As I will be staying in Matsumoto for two days, my plan is to hop a direct bus from Matsumoto to Kamikochi early that morning, make a bee line to the Kamikochi visitor center to get maps, hiking suggestions, etc. and then set out. Ideally, I'd like to spend 3-4 hours of easy hiking. If I can make it work, I'd then like to visit the Daio Wasabi farm that same today, before getting back to Matsumoto in time to catch the late afternoon van back to the ryokan.

I have a few questions:

1. Do I need to look into hiring a guide for my Kamikochi hiking or with maps and advise from the visitor center, can I easily do it on my own devices?

2. Is 3-4 hours sufficient?

3. If I get an early start, is it feasible to catch some sort of public transportation to the horseradish farm in the early afternoon? If so, has anyone visited the Daio horseradish farm and is it "worth it"?

Many thanks in advance for the input.


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