Kusatsu Skyland Hotel
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Journeyed cross country between two railway lines by bus - Takayama to Matsumoto, and then caught a train to Nagano. The bus ride was over a pretty big mountain range although a lot of it was through tunnels some of which were pretty impressive in length. Very scenic ride.
Stopped off in Matsumoto for about 6 hours to have a look around - mainly at the castle. I left my backpack at the railway lockers so ...
... in a big way. They have no central heat in this farmhouse, so it was quite cold. This area gets a lot of snow in the winter.
It was about and 1.5 hour ride to the World Heritage Site. The ride was beautiful though as we started up into the Japanese Alps. This small village of Shirakawa-go is noted for its wooden houses with very thick thatched roofs. They are called Zasso-Sikuri houses. The family lived ...
... pool. After 20 minutes we all looked like cooked lobsters, got out and had yet another deep cleaning session, before getting dressed and catching a taxi back to the hotel.
A smaller group of us then caught the metro to the little town of Obuse, 30 minutes away. It was supposed to be a very pretty old town, but we were a little disappointed until we found the museum which had a very attractive garden. Otherwise the town ...
... room I, and several others dozed off, in spite of the fact that it really was very interesting. We then had half an hour to wander around the exhibition and buy prints if we wished. I found one I liked and hoped that it would fit flat in my suitcase - it does!
We had bought ourselves Japanese packed lunches at the station, and now ate the curious tofu cakes in ...
Finally in our room on the second floor and it is simply stunning. Everything about the hotel location, design and fitout was stunning.
Down for a thermal spa in the men's public bath house. Indoor and out
Dress for dinner to be served a degustation meal of traditional Japanese food. Eight courses later we are absolutely stuffed but feeling very privileged.
As the wi-fi service is not good, it is back to our heavenly room for a good sleep on large single beds.
- Free parking