Hotel Viola

3322-1 Hokujo Happo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 399-9301, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Hakuba-mura

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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... and valley was very beautiful. It was forested and snow covered and we would really have liked to take our time and enjoy the scenery but we couldn't as we were racing against time again. We were really very annoyed to have spent eight hours travelling for just 20 minutes at the snow monkeys park since seeing them had been the main reason for choosing this particular tour. Many of the others on the tour were not too happy either. Having descended we made it to ...

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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... 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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... a store of this magnitude stocking only hardcopy books would still be a viable venture. But to be honest business was booming. There were lots of people on every floor, all thumbing through books, and I think every one of them stopped reading to stare at the lost Aussie tourists, who obviously couldn't read a word of Japanese, as they walked through the bookstore searching for an exit. We purchased a couple of little items on level 2 just to make it appear like it ...

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