Albergo Wings

2328-147 Nagakura, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0111 , Japan | Hotel
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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It's Saturday today and we were booked onto the 10:08am Shinkansen from Nagano on route for Tokyo. It hasn't stopped snowing very heavily since yesterday morning and when we arrived at the station this morning it was to find TV film crews and chaos. No trains had left that morning and there was to be a review at midday. At that time it was announced that no trains at all would run from Nagano that day. Meanwhile we had retreated to a Starbucks across the road from the station for ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the wearer who is sitting down. Then we could speed up. By this time most of the rest of the group was out of sight but we learned later that many of them had slipped and fallen at some stage during the yomp. Walking as rapidly as possible along the track which had levelled out after about a quarter of a mile thank goodness, we arrived at the snow monkeys spring at about 4:10. The Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to this group of Japanese macaques, is closed at 4:30 ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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We took our time getting to breakfast this morning. We arrived down in the foyer at around 8:40am, when the breakfast finishes at 9am. This actually worked out well because most of the businessmen had eaten and already run off to join whatever rat race they're competing in for the day. We got straight to a table with no waiting, and the breakfast buffet was virtually all ours. It just so happened that it was the best Toyoko ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... While the view from the nagano shinkansen is pretty when you're not plowing through tunnels at 200km/h, the trip to Matsumoto has to be the most picturesque train journey I've been on.

Out onto the streets of Matsumoto, it wasn't long before I began asking "why didn't we stay here?!". The whole layout and apparent convenience of the place just seemed more friendly, easier, and just allround better than Nagano. If I'd had my ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... Nagano station.
Wandering through the station, probably not surprisingly there was the highest ratio of foreigners to locals than I'd seen in all my trips to Japan. Also not surprisingly, every one of said foreigners, except for us, spoke with an American accent, and was carrying a snowboard.

Nagano is a small and peaceful little train station, in comparison to the massive and crowded cities within cities which have been the train stations we have ...

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This hotel, located on 2328-147 Nagakura, Karuizawa, is near Shiraito Falls.
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