Hotel Kodama

Ichinose Shigakogen, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 381-0401, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Yamanouchi-machi

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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... stop with five minutes to spare. The bus was full and absolutely crawled back to Nagano because the traffic was so slow. It was still snowing very heavily. We picked up our stuff from the lockers in the station and caught a public bus to the ryokan where we were to stay the night. It is attached to but not run by the main temple complex in Nagano. We had been told it would be simple and simple it was. Very different from the one in which we had stayed at ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... wearing it down. By the time we leave Nagano tomorrow, unless it snows tonight, I think we'll have the pile destroyed.

Still unsure of whether the trek into the mountains to the monkey park would be worth it, since it was a beautiful day with nothing else on the to-do list for us to explore in this region, we decided to give the monkey park a go, and I'm very glad we did.

There appears to be 2 main methods ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... dropped from a great height, sim-city style.

In the middle of the complex there is a huge grassed area, covered in brown, frozen grass, and a very pretty, icy cold pond, containing 2 of the coldest looking ducks I've ever seen. They were floating around among the ice cubes. I'm assuming they were real. They looked real.

I trekked straight across the field towards the pond, and Veronica tells me that the signs say to keep ...

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 in the Kumanoyu Onsen area of Yamanouchi-machi.
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