City Garden Hotel Shinanoji

131-4 Okada-machi, Nagano, Nagano, Chubu, 380-0936, Japan | Hotel
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... tonight and they were able to make a reservation for us at a good hotel, about a 20 minute walk from the station. Having arrived at the Starbucks before 10 o'clock we finally left (several drinks and cakes later) just before 2:00 for the walk to the hotel. We had an early start because we went to the Zenkoji Temple before breakfast to see the monks at their morning ceremony. We left the ryokan at 6:40 stepping out into a white world with the snow still falling heavily. We were ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... reached the city outskirts we went onto an expressway where the speed limit was set at 50 mph. Having left the expressway we started to climb into the foot hills of the Japanese Alps and the driver pulled the bus over to put snow chains onto the back wheels. Snow chains on we could climb the hill and eventually we were set down at a bus stop in the town of Yudanaka. It was about 3:20 and the bus journey had taken over an hour. Then everyone was away racing up ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... here would have been useful. Rather unceremoniously, the bus driver opened the doors, took our money and pointed us in the direction of the monkey park, as the hot air escaping from the bus began melting the snow on the footpath outside.

Snow half a meter thick or more blanketed everything around us, which for a couple of Aussie tourists came as a great novelty. The girls finally had a chance to play around in snow ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... winter wonderland I had pictured in my head.

Being out in the middle of nowhere, the Karuizawa shopping arcade has plenty of space to play with. Most Japanese shopping malls I've been to are in the middle of crowded urban centres, and as such have no spare space, and shops are all crammed in as close as possible to each other. Not this one. This complex was pretty huge, and in what appeared to be an unusual location, like it had ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... for quite some time, and I was beginning to suspect that she wasn't coming back, but she eventually returned carrying a bunch of ice-cream tubs for us. I was tempted to ask for an extra one to make her walk back and get it, but we were only 30 minutes from Nagano at the time, so she might not have made it back in time.

Before long, on what I think was the most relaxed Shinkansen journey I've ever been on, we finished the 105 minute journey from Tokyo, and ...

Location

This hotel, located in the Nagano Station area of Nagano, is near Shinano Art Museum, Shiga Kogen, Matsushiro, and Nagano Olympic Museum.
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TripAdvisor Reviews City Garden Hotel Shinanoji Nagano

3.50 of 5 stars Very Good

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