Hotel Sunlight Myoko

2436-11 Skigawa, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-2112, Japan | Hotel
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... 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

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... reached the city outskirts we went onto an expressway where the speed limit was set at 50 mph. Having left the expressway we started to climb into the foot hills of the Japanese Alps and the driver pulled the bus over to put snow chains onto the back wheels. Snow chains on we could climb the hill and eventually we were set down at a bus stop in the town of Yudanaka. It was about 3:20 and the bus journey had taken over an hour. Then everyone was away racing up ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... it so they can bathe and keep warm.
Apparently this is a fascinating natural phenomenon, but I found it more interesting in watching the humans at this pool than I did watching the monkeys.

In the hot spring pool itself, for the duration that I was there, there were 2 monkeys in the pool. They both looked warm, and fairly relaxed, but other than that, they looked exactly as you'd expect a wet monkey to look.
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Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... walked out of the nice warm train station we looked over the shopping arcade, and were met with great views of a snow covered mountain with ski runs and chair lifts. At the time time we were hit with the less pleasant reality of icy cold winds blowing down off that same pretty snow covered mountain.

We're visiting the Japanese alps in what is almost literally the middle of winter. That said, I expected there to be more snow. Perhaps ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... for quite some time, and I was beginning to suspect that she wasn't coming back, but she eventually returned carrying a bunch of ice-cream tubs for us. I was tempted to ask for an extra one to make her walk back and get it, but we were only 30 minutes from Nagano at the time, so she might not have made it back in time.

Before long, on what I think was the most relaxed Shinkansen journey I've ever been on, we finished the 105 minute journey from Tokyo, and ...

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This hotel, located in the Myokou Onsen area of Myoko, is near Suginohara.
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