Kuroyon Royal Hotel

2020 Taira, Omachi, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 398-0001, Japan | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Omachi

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... to walk along under the main altar in pitch black darkness. Part of the way along there is a door with a key in it and pilgrims come from all over Japan to touch the key which is known as the key to Paradise. We all had to feel our way along the passage by touching the wall which was lined with wood and. I think that most of us were relieved to reach the end and climb stairs once more into the light of the temple. We then sat for a few minutes listening to the monks chanting ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... from the taps no one tried the bath. Some of the party got a taxi to a public bath house after we had eaten but we didn't as we were so tired we just wanted to go to bed. For dinner we ventured out into the snow again to a soba noodle restaurant. Nagano specialises in soba or buckwheat noodles and they were really quite tasty. Fortunately the futons were quite comfortable and we had plenty of bedding so we slept fairly well as we were to be up early (again) the next ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... prices and similar times, we settled for the bus, and made our way to the bus stop.

Strangely, after getting on and off trains for the past 2 weeks, riding in something which rides on rubber tyres and uses a road, and not a track was a bit of a novelty. The bus ride was largely uneventful, bus it got more interesting as we worked our way out of Nagano city. Isabelle and I were seated in the front row behind the driver, and ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... etc. As we were entering, we got an ominous warning from another patron who was just exiting, warning me that I should watch my head at all times. Duly noted.

He was right. The interior of the castle was a fantastic maze of wooden hallways, and steep, almost vertical staircases. The hallways were extra wide apparently to allow samurai in full battle armor quick and easy access around the perimeter of the castle, and the ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a giant touchscreen was a natural progression for the humble mechanical vending machine, but I still thought it was pretty damn cool.

For the Shinkansen journey, again we could only book 4 tickets, since we only have 4 rail passes, so we tried our luck with an unreserved carriage, and since the train was starting its trip from Tokyo station, we got the pick of the seats. I think this was actually the least crowded I've seen a Shinkansen. We could have had a ...

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This 4 star hotel is located in the Hakubashionomichi Onsen area of Omachi.
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