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... rooms were available. We went to a good hotel about 20 minutes walk from the station and were shown to our rooms after a bit of a wait. Luxury- we could take showers although we had no clean clothes to change into as we had only our day sacs with us. We wondered where our big bags were as the courier firm was no doubt affected by the snow as well. The first part of this entry was written in the hotel room while we watched TV before meeting up with the rest of the group to decide on ...
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 ...
... before making a sharp right turn, and leading up a narrower, even more icy, and not at all flat road which leads past some very photogenic houses, and into the mountains. Eventually the road, completely covered in ice and snow just seems to stop, and before you realise it you're no longer walking on the road, but rather you're just trudging through the snow along a forest track.
I expected the monkey park to be a ...
... said. A day? We were sick of it in under an hour, and that hour involved around 40 minutes in the Nike store trying on shoes. The Nike's in the outlet store were quite cheap, but not quite cheap enough in my opinion. They had a massive selection, but they didn't seem much cheaper than any other sports shoe store I've seen in Osaka, Tokyo or Kyoto.
Karuizawa is a very pretty location, and I'm glad we went there, but if you're ...
... if we'd wanted it, but we settled for 2 rows to ourselves, spread out, and relaxed.
Heading from Tokyo to Nagano, the scenery gradually got hillier and hillier, and appeared to get much colder outside. Before too long the cityscapes of Tokyo and Nagoya changed into vistas of snow covered villages in rural towns who's names I can't remember, or in some cases even pronounce.
With the snow falling outside, and the Shinkansen's climate control turned ...
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