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Happo Pond

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Address: Kitaazumi-gun, Hakuba-mura, Nagano Prefecture

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Great goal for trekking

I visited the Happo pond in the summer. First taking the gondolas, then two lifts to the height of 1,800 meters then trekking to the pond. It took about 90-120 minutes. Good... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Olivia S
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Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I visited the Happo pond in the summer. First taking the gondolas, then two lifts to the height of 1,800 meters then trekking to the pond. It took about 90-120 minutes. Good exercise for any ages. There are few good coffee shops and restaurants at the lifts. I saw the paraglider taking off at the second lift. It's really amazing!

1 Thank Olivia S
Perth, Australia
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106 reviews
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We did the hike to Happo Pond on a perfect autumn's day and we're rewarded with breathtaking views along the way. Take the Adam gondola at Happo then up 2 chairlifts (2700 yen for return ticket) to the hike start point. It took us 1 hour to reach the pond and none of us are particularly athletic but it does... More 

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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

One hour hike up Mount Hakone-sanzen from ski lifts. Spectacular views. Amazing when one climbs above the clouds. Spectacular view of the reflections from the pond of the mountain peaks.

Thank Hak18
Tokyo, Japan
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

They don't allow dogs, because they say it is a national park...and so, where is the problem if it is a national park? I come from Trentino, on italian Alps and dogs are welcome everywhere. It is very sad they don't allow dogs here. They advertise the valley as "dog friendly" but it isn't dog friendly at all.

1 Thank MarcoTogni
Ikoma, Japan
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 29 June 2016

This pond sits atop of Mt. Happo. It can be accessed from a set of lifts and a two-hour walk. Preparing your own hiking poles is recommended. The weather can change rapidly, so bring a raincoat. In mid-June, some snow can still be seen, and the striped pattern of snow and grass makes the surrounding view especially awesome.

Thank Chawanat N
Bangkok, Thailand
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

Take the gondola, and two chair lifts up and you and then climb for a little over an hour, and you get to sit and see amazing views.

1 Thank Swimmmer63
Jonkoping, Sweden
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

If your in good shape and are willing to break a sweat I would highly recommend the hiking trail up to Mt. Karamatsu-Dake summit. The hike up there would take you about two and a half hours walking at a fairly high pace but when reaching the summit it is all worth the effort.

Thank StroemCarl
Macau, China
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

After the gondola and lifts of Happo-one, you have to walk to the lake for 1.5 hours one way. The beginning of the trekking trail is easy, but the second half is a long way of rocky, steep track. Remember to prepare your trekking poles to make your hiking easier, and beware that there is only one toilet en route... More 

2 Thank HiroSKMT
Cairns Region, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2015

Drove to the top chairlift, it would have been an expensive excursion to get the chairlift all the way and while the hike was enjoyable for a non-hiker, the pond is a big disappointment. It is a hole in the ground! You think, "this can`t be it" but the scenery is the same, the signs say that it is the... More 

1 Thank Patsy M
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 January 2015

Did the photographer lie on his back and shoot one cm above the water to get the famous shot as above? The walk is great and quite a challenge to the average Sunday adventurer but when you get to the pond you think `That can`t be it!` It is the size of a back-yard swimming pool! But yes, the background... More 

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