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Travel Blogs from Iida
Kasuga Sensei invited me over to his house to meet his wife and have dinner and drinks today. He LOVES to drink as most Japanese do. When he arrived to pick me up you could see his enthusiasm all over his face "let's go have drinks!" When we arrived at his house I met his wife briefly before heading back through the door again in search for fireworks because of my flopped experience with fireworks the day before (a bad story to share ...
... BBD $25. Then we went karaoke! In Japan you get your own room so it's not like making yourself shame or laughing at random strangers. The machines actually tell you how many calories you burned after each song (quite useful after the all you can eat). Sunday: We woke up to a warm day (surprise) but still headed to the onsen (hot spring) where I had a nice relaxing soak in the natural "boiling" water baths. I also proved the Asian male rumour! Oh yes the no clothing in allowed in the ...
... People out here can be so nice! We left there and walked to a small bar to do Hookah; and by the way, outside felt like winter, my face was numbing from the wind. Some spring weather! So yea I did Hookah for the first time. Another experience added to my list. It was ok but nothing to want to do again. Not sure what the hype is. Anyways all in all I had a good night! Weekends to the world! Ja ...
My first real weekend in Nagano started nicely as I rushed out of work to quickly change out of my work clothes into more casual wear to attend a meeting of the "geijin" (foreigner people) under the sakura (cherry blossoms). I took a cool 30 minute drive to Ina city to Kasuga Park where we the geijin met to have a chill (literally) lime under the sakura. As it was night time the beauty was somewhat hidden but not totally. Beauty was still evident ...
... Our innkeeper had warned us to watch the clock - dinner would be served at 6pm and the village is far -- but we thought we could turn around if need be. As we walked up through the mountains, the fog rolled in. At times, it was a little hard to see where we were headed, but there are so many signs we could quickly confirm we were on the trail. Much of the time the trail goes right through the forest (on several occasions we saw bear warnings and bells you are ...
Other places to stay in Iida
1-1 Nishikicho, Iida | Hotelfrom $92
2-3-5 Ikuracho, Iida | 3 star hotelfrom $114
28 Tokiwamachi, Iida | Hotelfrom $44
1 Nishiki-cho, Iida | Hotelfrom $93
1-23 Odori, Iida | Hotelfrom $54
4-13 Chuo-dori, Iida | Hotelfrom $69