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... bus for the drive to the monkey park
It’s a 1.6km walk to where the monkeys are through a lovely pine forest. The Snow monkeys are Japanese Macaques are the only primates to live in a place where it snows. The monkeys are able to do this by spending their time in the onsen.
The monkeys are very amusing – especially the young ones who appear to have limitless energy and delight in ...
... chair which is a great run for the kids. A couple of laps of Paradise and then some runs on Yamabiko (the "half pipe" run a highlight for the kdis) and then it was time for lunch at our favourite place on the mountain - Buna.
Filled with our favourite Buna curry's and we made for our last run home - Skyline.
The kids were really skiing well - Spencer has his parrallel turns locked and loves to hunt out new jumps. Eleanor is also pretty fearless ...
... was homemade?), and the "park rangers" functioned more as gift shop cashiers than as park experts.
Because the day was so nice, we chose an alternate route out of the park in order to visit the little onsen (hot springs) town, We hiked back down the mountain, through the park forest, along the river. It felt so restorative to spend so much time in the woods -- what a treat for these two PNW peeps!
Once in town, we found (what we were told are) ...
... the Alps
Today we decide to walk the main street and see the Zenkoji Temple. Well we are in for a great surprise. There is a huge parade heading to the temple, and we have arrived just before it starts. The route is lined with very talented Japanese drummers along the way playing some very addictive beats.
We follow the parade up to the Temple where it is packed with thousands of people, and plenty of TV crew. Its ...
In Japan there is a type of rail ticket called the Japan Rail Pass. This has the potential to save a lot of money over the course of your journey. However it can only be bought if you are out of the country. I had left it too late and so struggled to get mine, leaving my plans all up in the air. I managed to pick my pass up by sending it to my hosts for 2 days. This worked really well and because I had asked to stay with them early in my trip, I now had options ...