Travel Blogs from Nagano, Japan

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City lights and Alpine hot pools, Nara - Tokyo - Nagano, Japan travel blog

City lights and Alpine hot pools

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon

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... in a big city was definitely enough for me, so the next morning was time to head north to the Japanese alps, starting in Nagano, home to the 1998 Olympic winter games, and pretty much nothing else!  I`m not really sure that anything has changed there ...

Templed out!, Nagano - Matsumoto - Takayama - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Nagasaki, Japan travel blog

Templed out!

A travel blog entry by nadinehanlon

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... in a traditional Ryokan complete with an onsen for bathing which was a great experience.  If anyone has ever been to Japan they will know there are certain rules involved when bathing in an Onsen, which is far too over complicated, but basically its ...

Summer Vacation and Stuff, Tsumago, Magome, Matsumoto ..., Japan travel blog

Summer Vacation and Stuff

A travel blog entry by jo-jo

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... a good hour on the train. Grrr. The only other exciting thing we did in August was take part in an apple picking trip in Nagano. When we signed up we thought the plan was to drive to Nagano and spend the day picking apples and baking apple pies. Once ...

Stuck with no cash...., Nagano, Japan travel blog

Stuck with no cash....

A travel blog entry by hodge

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... to visit international ATMs nomally found in large banks such as citi bank or the post offices. Not did I know when arriving in Nagano that all the international banks would be shut for three days. Therefore I couldnt go and see the snow monkey, which is ...

Hello Matsumoto!, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Hello Matsumoto!

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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From the barrel of a smoking train, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

From the barrel of a smoking train

A travel blog entry by stevejames

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Nippon at its best, Kamikochi, Japan travel blog

Nippon at its best

A travel blog entry by hodge

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... I have also now got an addition for the tea here..which comes straight out vensing machines hot!!! I also got caught on my first traffic jam on the way back to Matsumoto, I havent sen one yet!!! The manic siteseeing continues tomorrow in ...

Mountain Fortress, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Mountain Fortress

A travel blog entry by hodge

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Refreshed after the previuos nights bathing experience, another crack of dawn start to drop my bag in the station locker and a 30 min walk to the castle in Matasumoto. A lot smaller than Himeji-Jo and less impressive, the best thing about the castle ...

Mt. Fuji, Mt. Fuji and beyond, Japan travel blog

Mt. Fuji

A travel blog entry by grizzly

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... , no beds but a futon or Japanese style mattress, sliding doors and bamboo blinds.  And an automatic toilet as seen in Japan (which I am absolutely fascinated with.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatami My plan was to head to Mt. Fuji on Wednesday but ...

Springtime Sakura in the Deep South, Nachi, Japan travel blog

Springtime Sakura in the Deep South

A travel blog entry by kateinjapan

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... on a suicide mission, or even take branches of the trees with them on their missions! In its colonial enterprises, imperial Japan often planted cherry trees as a means of "claiming occupied territory as Japanese space." For this reason, the symbolic ...

Theoretisch in den japanischen Alpen, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Theoretisch in den japanischen Alpen

A travel blog entry by gone2asia

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... dieser SevenElevens mit ATM. (Hier sei erwähnt, dass die ATMs dort, wie auch an vielen anderen Stellen hier in Japan keine Mastercard oder Maestro mehr akzeptieren - warum auch immer) Ich schaffte es noch rechtzeitig Geld und Ticket zu beschaffen und ...

Bathtime in Japan, Tsumago, Japan travel blog

Bathtime in Japan

A travel blog entry by mrvince1952

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... in a hot bath! So it's off in the bus to the local bathhouse, which the Japanese call an onsen. But a good soak in Japan is a bit different to one in the UK ..... There is a code of behaviour to be observed in an onsen. It's not exactly a set ...

Dodane so nove slike, Motegi, Japan travel blog

Dodane so nove slike

A travel blog entry by andrej

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Eto mene ze drugic danes Ostal sem v tekmaovalm\ne centru in veselo nalagam slike na moja potovalno tran. Ce se vam da ze lahko sedaj uzivate z mano prlepo Japonsko. danes sem imel sreco in sem poletel tudi popoldan. Bila je disciplina minimum ...

Nagano and Matsumoto, Nagano-shi, Japan travel blog

Nagano and Matsumoto

A travel blog entry by emmahayes1990

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... Shinkansen looks like something from the space age and is equipped for your every need inside- so cool!!! Our journey was to Nagano within the Japanese Alps. With all the hills and mountains throughout Japan it seems that any small area of flat land has ...

We heart monkeys :), Yudunaka, Japan travel blog

We heart monkeys :)

A travel blog entry by markandchar

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... was only a good thing. We then went back to the park and stayed for a while longer before getting the bus and train to Nagano, the main city of that area. There we spent the night in a ryoken- a traditional guest house with tatimi mats that you ...

Matsumoto city and castle, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Matsumoto city and castle

A travel blog entry by kevinandjoan

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Today we went for a walk around Matsumoto city.  We ate breakfast at a coffee shop by the station Vie de France, which sold all sorts of unusual cakes, such as anko paste doughnuts, sweet potato muffins, pumpkin stuffed muffins and many ...

Amanohashidate, Miyazu, Kyoto-fu, Japan travel blog

Amanohashidate

A travel blog entry by brianneinjapan

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... bad." This is just the start of me being lost in translation. Soon I will be back in the States, away from Japan and all those speaking Japanese. But that doesn't mean that these Japanese phrases will immediately stop popping into my head, ...

Feed the soil, and it will feed you, Nishinasuno, Japan travel blog

Feed the soil, and it will feed you

A travel blog entry by meaghanmcc

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Good evening. I am relaxing and listening to Radiohead (faust arp) and reflecting on my day. Perfect time for blogging! This morning started out with group exercise, as usual. I don't think I've mentioned this before. Every weekday morning ...

Black castle of the crows in the Japan Alps, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Black castle of the crows in the Japan Alps

A travel blog entry by xerius

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... ). In keeping with the attractions of the Japan Alps, today we spent the day in Matsumoto, the second largest city in Nagano prefecture. Matsumoto sits smack in the middle of Nagano, in a wide valley between the mountains. Apparently it can get quite ...

My 1st Saturday, Nishinasuno, Japan travel blog

My 1st Saturday

A travel blog entry by meaghanmcc

... weather to persist throughout the week! It the supermarket, I bought natto (fermented soybean) and loved it. On my last trip to Japan I smelled it and was disgusted. I am very proud now for consuming a whole serving. It was originally my goal for the ...

Real Japanese experiences, Suzaka, Japan travel blog

Real Japanese experiences

A travel blog entry by elisa_david

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Our time in Suzaka and at the zen temple has come to an end. We've spent such beautiful days here, helping out on a meaningful project, and, in return, having the opportunity to live in a stunning natural area and experiencing many traditional Japanese ...

Live from  the Japanese Alps!, Suzaka, Japan travel blog

Live from the Japanese Alps!

A travel blog entry by elisa_david

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Once reached Nagano by highway bus, we took the local train to Suzaka, 30 minutes away. It was peak time for kids going to school, and it was so interesting to notice that they all have to wear the same bag, a black (for the boys) or red (for the girls) ...

Kyoto to Nagano, Nagano, Japan travel blog

Kyoto to Nagano

A travel blog entry by kevinandjoan

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... took the Hikari Shinkansen to Nagoya and then the Shinano express to Nagano.  On the way we passed through Ena again. Arriving at Nagano we managed to identify our hotel on the city map, a couple of blocks from the station. We are staying at the ...

'The Wave' and a distinct lack of money!, Obuse, Japan travel blog

'The Wave' and a distinct lack of money!

A travel blog entry by markandchar

... rail pass, we zoomed off to Obuse, near the Japanese alps, north west of Tokyo. This involved first getting the bullet train to Nagano, then getting a local train to Obuse, the smallest town in that area. It was a very attractive little place, with pretty ...

Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Matsumoto

A travel blog entry by jramsden271

Spent a night here, visited the castle, amazing sight! Saw at both day and night. Hostel was very nice, free station pickup, free cycle hire. Biking around the city, great fun! Visited an onsen late evening, nothing special, water stank of ...

Yudanaka day 18-19; Hot onsen and wild monkeys, Yudanaka, Japan travel blog

Yudanaka day 18-19; Hot onsen and wild monkeys

A travel blog entry by nikolasdm

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... ook een minder druk programma op en staat ontspannen hier centraal. Onderweg van Tsumago naar Yudanaka passeer ik aan het station van Nagano, een stad die gekend is voor de Zenkoji. Een complex van een reeks tempels met een al minstens even indrukwekkend ...

Hot springs, tea tricks and another year older..., Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Hot springs, tea tricks and another year older...

A travel blog entry by mskillern

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... . At this point I just want to say that I'm so amazed by all the support I've received during this transition to Japan.  It's been a very interesting trip so far, but one of the most isolating experiences as well.  I'm getting used to my ...

Gee.. We're in Toyota Shi, Toyota Shi, Japan travel blog

Gee.. We're in Toyota Shi

A travel blog entry by marybc

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... again to update this blog.  For some reason it keeps disappearing into cyber space. We have arrived safely in Japan.  Jet lagged and absolutely exhausted we stumbled down the long Kansai airport walkways towards Immigration.  Thinking we ...

Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Japan travel blog

Matsumoto

A travel blog entry by leon1974

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... we headed for the "Japanese Alps". We based ourselves in Matsumoto, and did seperate trips in the National Park. The autumn leaves that Japan is famous for lived up to their reputation. The highest peak we went up was about 2700 metres, but we cheated and ...

Skiiiiiing! in Hakuba (Zoom!), Nagano, Japan travel blog

Skiiiiiing! in Hakuba (Zoom!)

A travel blog entry by sophiatravels

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Sorry about the Mega-post below. Be warned! --- We had to wake up very early the next morning after Nozawa... getting about 3.5 to 4 hours sleep. I had a ski lesson starting at 9am, but we had to have breakfast then go to the ski hire place to get our ...

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