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... hotel was in the middle of Kabukicho, which is one of Tokyo's biggest entertainment/red light district i went for a walk to check the neighbourhood out. But the fun was short lived because every 20 meters there is a *****ian guy trying to pull you into a very expensive bar with high cover charges. Very annoying so i gave up after a couple of minutes. So i decided to just sit outside for a bit and Skype with my good friend Rob again. After an hour or we hung up and i went to ...
... to be found. I asked a few ladies if they could help me find the right bus and before i knew it i was surrounded by about six people (including the station master) who were al figuring out for me how i could get to my destination. The right bus was easily found and one lady who lives in Numata even asked the driver to give me a sign when it was time to transfer to the next bus because she had to leave earlier. She asked me about my ...
... in a big way. They have no central heat in this farmhouse, so it was quite cold. This area gets a lot of snow in the winter.
It was about and 1.5 hour ride to the World Heritage Site. The ride was beautiful though as we started up into the Japanese Alps. This small village of Shirakawa-go is noted for its wooden houses with very thick thatched roofs. They are called Zasso-Sikuri houses. The family lived ...
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 ...
... path enjoying the peace and quiet and the views. When we arrived we couldn't believe what we saw. At the bottom of the mountain near a stream someone who worked at the park was spreading out food from a bucket. As we got closer we could see the trees and bushes moving as hundreds of monkeys made there way down the mountain towards the food. They moved so effortlessly off the steep mountain, bounding across the rocks over the stream. We spent ages ...
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