Kyu Karuizawa Hotel

491-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0102, Japan | 3 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Karuizawa

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... borrow umbrellas and without them we think we would have looked like walking snowmen before long. The snow was very deep but the shop keepers and the gardeners at the temple were already out clearing paths through the snow. We had an English speaking Japanese guide leading us around the temple. We walked through the main gates and into the grounds and then to the main hall where having removed our boots we walked up the side towards the main alter before descending some very ...

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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... it so they can bathe and keep warm.
Apparently this is a fascinating natural phenomenon, but I found it more interesting in watching the humans at this pool than I did watching the monkeys.

In the hot spring pool itself, for the duration that I was there, there were 2 monkeys in the pool. They both looked warm, and fairly relaxed, but other than that, they looked exactly as you'd expect a wet monkey to look.
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Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... store (which is becoming a regular occurrence) because it is quick and cheap, we got to the train platform with a few minutes to spare. Boarding a local train for the trip through the mountains, the first thing that you notice is how damn slow they are, after you've just stepped off a shinkansen. But the 52 minute journey on the local line, which takes you up and over the snow covered mountains on the south western side of Nagano, is ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... for quite some time, and I was beginning to suspect that she wasn't coming back, but she eventually returned carrying a bunch of ice-cream tubs for us. I was tempted to ask for an extra one to make her walk back and get it, but we were only 30 minutes from Nagano at the time, so she might not have made it back in time.

Before long, on what I think was the most relaxed Shinkansen journey I've ever been on, we finished the 105 minute journey from Tokyo, and ...

Location

This 3 star hotel, located on 491-5 Karuizawa, Karuizawa, is near Shiraito Falls.
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