Hotaka Town Hotel

2509-1 Hotaka, Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 399-8303, Japan | Hotel
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... then made it back to some paths where the snow had been partly cleared so the walking was easier. The guide said that she had lived in Nagano for 40 years and had never known such heavy snow. We made our way back to the ryokan for breakfast. This was entirely vegetarian and we sat on floor cushions at very low individual lacquered tables. Then it was off, by bus, to the railway station. When we arrived at the station it was to find it very crowded and there were tv crews there ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... from the taps no one tried the bath. Some of the party got a taxi to a public bath house after we had eaten but we didn't as we were so tired we just wanted to go to bed. For dinner we ventured out into the snow again to a soba noodle restaurant. Nagano specialises in soba or buckwheat noodles and they were really quite tasty. Fortunately the futons were quite comfortable and we had plenty of bedding so we slept fairly well as we were to be up early (again) the next ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... up camp, so I just calmly walked to the other side of the pool, which was closer to the monkeys, and getting down to ground level, began taking photos. Looking over at the pros, I see the visible scorn and mixed looks of either condemnation or pity on their faces, because I was using a camera that didn't require a suitcase to transport it around in, and my zoom lens was less than 2 feet long.

I'm still not sure what ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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On today's agenda was a bus trip to the mountains to visit the Jigokudani monkey park. With Isabelle starting to come down with a horrible cough, and Veronica not feeling the best either, we decided to keep today simpler.

So over a Toyoko Inn breakfast we devised a plan to head back on the Shinkansen towards Tokyo for a 25 minute journey, which would bring us to an area called Karuizawa, which is a picturesque area in the Nagano ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... more than 0 degrees in the wind, which was blowing down from the mountains to the North West.

After stepping out of a Shinkansen carriage which was set to slowly grill the passengers, this icy wind was quite a shock.

Finding our way to the hotel with no problems, we dropped the bags off, and returned towards the train station in search of a shopping centre, at which to buy some essentials, like gloves, beanies, earmuffs, neck warmers, thermal ...

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This hotel is located on 2509-1 Hotaka, Azumino.
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