Kusatsu Skyland Hotel

530 Kusatsu, Kusatsu, Gunma, Kanto, 377-1700, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Kusatsu

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... tonight and they were able to make a reservation for us at a good hotel, about a 20 minute walk from the station. Having arrived at the Starbucks before 10 o'clock we finally left (several drinks and cakes later) just before 2:00 for the walk to the hotel. We had an early start because we went to the Zenkoji Temple before breakfast to see the monks at their morning ceremony. We left the ryokan at 6:40 stepping out into a white world with the snow still falling heavily. We were ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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Leaving our bags at the hotel we took taxis to the railway station for the shinkansen, or bullet train. We were surprised to see that it was snowing as we hadn't expected snow as far south as Kyoto. It had been cold and we had been glad of our lined walking trousers, thermals hats and thick gloves to insulate us as we explored the temples etc but we had not expected snow. It was unusual and had arrived only six days after a freak snow storm had brought Tokyo to ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... wearing it down. By the time we leave Nagano tomorrow, unless it snows tonight, I think we'll have the pile destroyed.

Still unsure of whether the trek into the mountains to the monkey park would be worth it, since it was a beautiful day with nothing else on the to-do list for us to explore in this region, we decided to give the monkey park a go, and I'm very glad we did.

There appears to be 2 main methods ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... Unpleasant.

But we made it, and after that train ride, walking out into the crispness of the Nagano night was welcome. The large digital temperature gauge above Nagano station read -1 (degrees C) which cooled us down nicely on the short walk to the hotel.

On the agenda for tomorrow, assuming everyone is well enough are the snow monkeys, and who knows what else. Tomorrow will probably be another day that we make up as we go along.
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Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... opportunity to punish me. So, with much dread, we entered Seria. No, not the wartorn epicentre of unrest in the middle-east, but a much calmer store, where everything costs 105 yen, or around a dollar.

The operators of Seria were either numb or stupid, because it was as hot as the surface of the sun in the store. It made the Shinkansen seem positively comfortable by comparison. 100 yen stores are unpleasant at the best of times, but this one was like shopping ...

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4.00 of 5 stars Excellent