NASPA New Otani
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... to ask the friendly lady when the first bus to Numata would come. She also didn't speak a word english but from her gestures i understood that the bus i just stepped out of was the one going to Numata. :-P So i had to wait for 40 minutes to catch the next one.
I took of my shoes and socks to let them dry a bit, because they were soaked because of all the snow and mud. Not to mention that they smelled bad. Really bad. After a while a group of older japanese ...
Inbetween the busy days in Tokyo i had planned 2 days of hiking in a national park. In my preparation i checked a couple but they were either too far away or the hike would just take too long. Until i found a Oze national park, just 3,5 hours from Tokyo and relatively easy to do in two days. The first day you'll walk mainly through marshlands and the second day takes you around the lake in the park.
I took the subway to Ueno station ...
This morning we left our ryokan, the Kagaya Hotel, and started on our trip to Shirakawa-go. We first visited a rice farmer. He only farms 0.7 acres. We learned all about rice farming and the problems it is now having in Japan. Apparently the young Japanese prefer pasta and pizza to rice so the rice consumption is declining and is only about 2/3rds of what it used to be. There are ...
Early shinkansen to Nagano. Quite warm. Renovating so wander around construction site to local train to Yudanaka.
Local train "Snow Monkey Express" climbed up steady slope to many snow banked buildings, eventually snow-covered fields.
Yudanaka is grey and unimpressive at the station. We decide to take a taxi to hotel.
Arrive at hotel at about 1:30 so chose to walk up to Snow Monkeys. We were told we could check in before 4, or after 4:30.
Wonderful walk up to ...
... in our new room which was a traditional Japanese ryokan. We tried some traditional Japanese green tea which we sipped whilst sitting on cushions on the floor.
At 5:30 Mr Yumoto took us over to a private onsen up the street which had great views of the city below. After being brave and stripping off (no clothes/swimwear are allowed to be worn when bathing in a Japanese onsen) we slipped in to the warmth of the onsen. It is exactly like being in ...