Kyu Karuizawa Hotel
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... with their siblings (similarities with ours abound) while the parents enjoy the onsen and clean themselves. We watched the monkeys until it became too cold and then back on the bus and back to Nozawa Onsen.
We’d bought some groceries during the day and used the kitchen back at the Lodge to cook up some soba noodles with Pork. Not as good as the local restaurants but the kids enjoyed a night in.
... herself in not falling and Campbell has improved immensely in the last few days. Given this, we hiked the final 30 metres to the start of Skyline (which is roped off this time of year). Skyline is a beautiful ridge run, lots of fast places and then turns into the top of Karaswa which is a 2km cruiser to the Lodge. The kids skied it brilliantly and it was with a warm sun on our backs when we took our skis off for the last time and returned to the Lodge.
The kids ...
... was homemade?), and the "park rangers" functioned more as gift shop cashiers than as park experts.
Because the day was so nice, we chose an alternate route out of the park in order to visit the little onsen (hot springs) town, We hiked back down the mountain, through the park forest, along the river. It felt so restorative to spend so much time in the woods -- what a treat for these two PNW peeps!
Once in town, we found (what we were told are) ...
... the Alps
Today we decide to walk the main street and see the Zenkoji Temple. Well we are in for a great surprise. There is a huge parade heading to the temple, and we have arrived just before it starts. The route is lined with very talented Japanese drummers along the way playing some very addictive beats.
We follow the parade up to the Temple where it is packed with thousands of people, and plenty of TV crew. Its ...
... hugging yourself in the fetus position in a bath, but upright and you will be halfway to understanding this bathtub. It was fantastic to soak in during the cold nights.
The house itself consisted of 5 rooms, only separated by sliding doors. between rooms they were made of wood, but facing the outside they were made of paper. This allowed the morning light to suffuse through the screens, a great way to wake up. Around the sides of the house there is a ...