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Travel Blogs from Tokamachi
... is pressed down and then wooden stick are pounded on top of the thatch. Then a rope made out of rice grass is threaded from the inside out and tied onto the beams inside. When finished the roof is about 1 foot thick and is very beautiful.
We walked across a suspension bridge to get into the village and then walked through the village. There was a steady gentle rain falling the whole time. Because of ...
Early shinkansen to Nagano. Quite warm. Renovating so wander around construction site to local train to Yudanaka.
Local train "Snow Monkey Express" climbed up steady slope to many snow banked buildings, eventually snow-covered fields.
Yudanaka is grey and unimpressive at the station. We decide to take a taxi to hotel.
Arrive at hotel at about 1:30 so chose to walk up to Snow Monkeys. We were told we could check in before 4, or after 4:30.
Wonderful walk up to ...
... but minus the bubbles and it is completely naturally heated. As it was still raining we did put the umbrella over us to try and stop the cold rain from spoiling it. After a nice soak in the onsen we were both feeling very relaxed.
Mr Yumoto had shown us some menus with recommendations from previous guests for nearby restaurants. We chose one and asked where it was but unfortunately we were there on a Sunday night in off peak season and it was ...
... is known for great views especially in the autumn as the leaves change colour and, I believe, is rated as one of the top scenic mountain roads in the country.
There were lots of switchbacks again as I got higher and the fog grew thicker. At some point, it was so bad that I couldn't see more than 50 metres in front of me. I had never ridden in such conditions before. You would hear a car come up behind and then slow down when they saw me. I put both my front and ...
... and inns to provide onsen water. Bathers are separated into men and women who each get their own facility. You go in and sit on a stool in front of a washing station and clean yourself before going in to the pool. The twist is that everyone is doing this in the nude but it's an incredible liberating feeling to soak in the pool with nothing on. You're not even allowed to bring a towel into the onsen water to cover yourself up. After today's ride ...
- Swimming pool
- Free parking