Hotel Platon

3-12-2 Kamiyamadaonsen, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 389-0821, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Chikuma

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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It's Saturday today and we were booked onto the 10:08am Shinkansen from Nagano on route for Tokyo. It hasn't stopped snowing very heavily since yesterday morning and when we arrived at the station this morning it was to find TV film crews and chaos. No trains had left that morning and there was to be a review at midday. At that time it was announced that no trains at all would run from Nagano that day. Meanwhile we had retreated to a Starbucks across the road from the station for ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... road leading to the track to the monkeys. It was steep and very slippery as the snow had fallen on ice. Barbara had one of her walking poles with her and with good grips on her walking boots it wasn't too bad. Sue had not had a chance to put her metal ice grips onto her boots and so struggled until with the help of the tour leader she managed to get them on. Barbara had tried to help but they have to be stretched to get them on and really need to be put onto the ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... in a pile of snow which appeared solid, only to sink past my knees, we arrived at the monkey park.

The monkey park itself is very pretty, at the end of a ravine with steep mountains on all sides. As you'd expect, many areas are roped off to protect both the humans and the natural fauna, so there was a fairly well defined path that you follow to enter the park, and walk around it.

For a couple of dollars each ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a lot of cashed-up suburbanites apparently have holiday homes. As a result, a great deal of upscale shopping and outlet stores have popped up, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, in what would appear to be a very successful endeavor to separate these suburbanites, and more than a handful of day-tripping tourists, from some of their cash.

One such establishment is the Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza. As we got off the uncrowded ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... worth it.

We made it out of Seria alive, and after some other rather pointless wanderings throughout the shopping mall, we found ourselves at the starbucks downstairs for a warming coffee (or hot chocolate for the girls) just as it started to snow.
Again, and I've lost count of the number of times on this trip, we were the only idiots sitting outside, while everyone else sat inside looking out at the tourists who had obviously lost their minds. On the ...

Location

This hotel, located in the Togurakamiyamada Onsen area of Chikuma, is near Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery.
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3.50 of 5 stars Very Good