Hotel Phoenix Wing

22305 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 399-9211, Japan | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Hakuba-mura

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar


... borrow umbrellas and without them we think we would have looked like walking snowmen before long. The snow was very deep but the shop keepers and the gardeners at the temple were already out clearing paths through the snow. We had an English speaking Japanese guide leading us around the temple. We walked through the main gates and into the grounds and then to the main hall where having removed our boots we walked up the side towards the main alter before descending some very ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar


Leaving our bags at the hotel we took taxis to the railway station for the shinkansen, or bullet train. We were surprised to see that it was snowing as we hadn't expected snow as far south as Kyoto. It had been cold and we had been glad of our lined walking trousers, thermals hats and thick gloves to insulate us as we explored the temples etc but we had not expected snow. It was unusual and had arrived only six days after a freak snow storm had brought Tokyo to ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat


... to the monkey park from Nagano station. The local electric railway, and via bus. Consulting with the tourist information center at Nagano station, the bus was recommended due to the location at which it drops you off in proximity to the monkey park. Apparently there is a walking trail from the train station which is closed in winter, making the walk from the station much longer than that of the bus. Since the bus and train ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat


... etc. As we were entering, we got an ominous warning from another patron who was just exiting, warning me that I should watch my head at all times. Duly noted.

He was right. The interior of the castle was a fantastic maze of wooden hallways, and steep, almost vertical staircases. The hallways were extra wide apparently to allow samurai in full battle armor quick and easy access around the perimeter of the castle, and the ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat


... of people who did the the exact same thing while we were there, it is a pretty common thing to do.

So all that's left to do for today is plan tomorrow's activities. To be honest I know there is snow monkeys somewhere around here, and I have a feeling that there is a ropeway around here somewhere that is worth taking a look at, but other than that, aside from skiing, and a temple a few kilometers walk from here, I'm not sure what's around here to do. I guess I'm about to find out.


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