Dormy Club Karuizawa
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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 ...
... to the top of the mountain.
The kids had a lesson in the morning and Leigh and I enjoyed skiing Yamabiko and Unoteira. The snow conditions are good in the morning but then soften up in the afternoon. We skiied til 4pm then headed back to the Lodge (I with Campbell on the gondola - Leigh was brave/foolish enough to take the other two on the Forest home trail)
Wednesday - April 1st
Wednesday wasn't the best day as the rain arrived and made the ...
... presented breakfasts we have ever had (food tasted great as well!). We really didn’t want to leave after being pampered so throughly during our stay.
Next we caught the brand new (just started operation on March 14th!) Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano. Being a new route, even the locals were taking pictures in front of the new train prior to boarding.
After storing our bags in a train station locker*, we picked up our Snow Monkey Park passes ...
... bus will leave at 1.15pm which it does. We arrive into Nagano at exactly 3.50pm, the time that is stated in the timetable. Talk about punctual service.
We walk the 500 metres to our hotel for the next 4 days. No more airbnb place for a while as there dont seem to be many this side, west side of the island. The hotel is very nice, and our room is huge by japanese standards. We even have real beds, unlike tokyo where we slept on ...
... organising trips for people as a travel agent. A really pleasant night.
Getting on to the next town was welcome after 2 days on my own. At 9:03am a tiny bus whined up the hill with a hunched old man behind the wheel. Glorious sunshine and no words of English, we wound our way through the old school countryside, past the early cherry blossoms and onto the deserted train platform. Hattoji was a great break from the big cities but it was time to rejoin the ...