Hotel JAL City Nagano
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... either. So that was a failure. Dinner in the hotel again. As it is an Onsen, it is full of Japanese and we are the only foreigners. The Japanese go to the Onsen and then come to dinner dressed in their Yukata plus a blue jacket that goes with it. They don't have pre-dinner drinks. They get straight into dinner, some have a little sake, and then some have a few beers afterwards. Whereas we do the opposite. We decided to brave the ...
... but no show. A nice young Japanese guy asked us if we were okay, so Rod phoned the hotel and he spoke with them. Turns out it was a miscommunication and our pick up was 11:55 and not as soon as our train arrived. The young people are great at helping as they want to practice their English. We were met by our guide Nori at the station and we walked the Main Street up to the Buddhist Zenkoji Temple. The street is delightful, lovely little shops and cafes, a man making ...
... a statue and moss growing on top of some of the big rocks. The pictures don't convey the serenity of this garden but I spent 10 minutes just sitting and observing how well everything seemed to fit together.
I continued to climb passing the ski resort and went down a sharp decline before finding myself going back uphill. This would continue on for the next 30 or so kms as I made my way to the restaurant. Along the way, I passed a beautiful ...
... is an area of mostly small villages nestled among farms and fruit orchards.
As I didn't get in to IIyama until about 11:30 AM, I didn't have an ambitious ride in mind but opted instead to ride to the Yudanaka area famous for hot springs and also for a nearby snow monkey park. This park has a natural hot spring and these monkeys are famous for bathing in it and keeping warm in the water during winter. It's turned into a bit of a ...
... restaurant in Parco department store - delicious pasta, boys want homemade lasagna when we get home. Went to Maruzen book store, Joey bought some manga books. Boys rested in the hotel, while we went back to the indigo shop for some more treasures. Went to Nepali restaurant for dinner , smelled delicious and tasted fantastic ...