Auberge Andra Montagne
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... also marked with red and pink ribbons so it's nearly impossible to get lost. But the snow is very weak at some point and so i fell through quite a lot, with a brown muddy shoe as a result. I also fell flat on my face a couple of times because the snow makes the walkway very slippery. I also tripped over branches a couple of times, resulting in a few bruises.
The hike became a bit easier as i walked around laze Ozenuma, although the snow was still very frustrating ...
... if he could join me. I said of course and so we got into the park together. I didn't expect there to be snow in the park anymore but he told me it was quite normal and that it taks till summer for the snow to totally disappear. He also told me some nice interesting things about the park and it's surroundings, but also about the plants and creatures in it. He had some trouble with some english words so i gave him my Lonely Planet Phrase book ...
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 ...
... on in order to make myself as visible as possible. I kept chugging away up the climb resigned to the fact that there would be nothing to see. However, the cycling gods must have been kind to me as the clouds lifted and there was bright sunshine when I came to the main parking lot for the hike up to the caldera. I could see dozens of people winding their way up the trail to the top of the crater where the caldera was located. I parked my bike and joined the hike up. As I ...
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