Hotel Marusanso

2-9-6 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 389-0821, Japan | Resort
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Travel Blogs from Chikuma

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... to walk along under the main altar in pitch black darkness. Part of the way along there is a door with a key in it and pilgrims come from all over Japan to touch the key which is known as the key to Paradise. We all had to feel our way along the passage by touching the wall which was lined with wood and. I think that most of us were relieved to reach the end and climb stairs once more into the light of the temple. We then sat for a few minutes listening to the monks chanting ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... to attract them down from the mountain for the visitors. The whole area around the spring smelled strongly of sulphur and you could see the hot water vapour in the air. We did not take too many photos as the falling snow was getting our cameras wet. We had to be away, walking back along the track by 4:30 so that we were in time for the last bus back to Nagano. This walk was a little slower that the one towards the monkeys and we were able to realise that ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... prices and similar times, we settled for the bus, and made our way to the bus stop.

Strangely, after getting on and off trains for the past 2 weeks, riding in something which rides on rubber tyres and uses a road, and not a track was a bit of a novelty. The bus ride was largely uneventful, bus it got more interesting as we worked our way out of Nagano city. Isabelle and I were seated in the front row behind the driver, and ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... winter wonderland I had pictured in my head.

Being out in the middle of nowhere, the Karuizawa shopping arcade has plenty of space to play with. Most Japanese shopping malls I've been to are in the middle of crowded urban centres, and as such have no spare space, and shops are all crammed in as close as possible to each other. Not this one. This complex was pretty huge, and in what appeared to be an unusual location, like it had ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a giant touchscreen was a natural progression for the humble mechanical vending machine, but I still thought it was pretty damn cool.

For the Shinkansen journey, again we could only book 4 tickets, since we only have 4 rail passes, so we tried our luck with an unreserved carriage, and since the train was starting its trip from Tokyo station, we got the pick of the seats. I think this was actually the least crowded I've seen a Shinkansen. We could have had a ...

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This resort, located in the Togurakamiyamada Onsen area of Chikuma, is near Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery.
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