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... then made it back to some paths where the snow had been partly cleared so the walking was easier. The guide said that she had lived in Nagano for 40 years and had never known such heavy snow. We made our way back to the ryokan for breakfast. This was entirely vegetarian and we sat on floor cushions at very low individual lacquered tables. Then it was off, by bus, to the railway station. When we arrived at the station it was to find it very crowded and there were tv crews there ...
... from the taps no one tried the bath. Some of the party got a taxi to a public bath house after we had eaten but we didn't as we were so tired we just wanted to go to bed. For dinner we ventured out into the snow again to a soba noodle restaurant. Nagano specialises in soba or buckwheat noodles and they were really quite tasty. Fortunately the futons were quite comfortable and we had plenty of bedding so we slept fairly well as we were to be up early (again) the next ...
... in the winter months) we worked out that we were in the inventively named Apple City, Nakano, we started to see something that had been missing on the current trip to the mountains...snow!
After around an hour of freeway travel, and then snaking our way up a mountain road, the bus driver announced our stop, seemingly at random, and stopped the bus at the side of the road, blocking the entire road leading up the hill. A ...
... steep to give the upper hand to the castle defenders if attackers made it into the castle grounds and attempted to scale the stairs.
The views over the city of Matsumoto at sundown, which is circled on all sides by snow covered mountains, was pretty special. Within the castle itself, virtually no area is off-limits, so we were able to explore the whole castle by ourselves before cautiously returning to the ground floor.
... more than 0 degrees in the wind, which was blowing down from the mountains to the North West.
After stepping out of a Shinkansen carriage which was set to slowly grill the passengers, this icy wind was quite a shock.
Finding our way to the hotel with no problems, we dropped the bags off, and returned towards the train station in search of a shopping centre, at which to buy some essentials, like gloves, beanies, earmuffs, neck warmers, thermal ...
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