Madarao Lumber's Inn
Travel Blogs from Iiyama
... as once you get going it can get very hot. The spot he took us too had no one else around, hard to believe that in summer it is a golf course. It has about 3 m of snow coating it! We had some of the local trees and wildlife footprints pointed out along the way, mostly fox and rabbit but we saw weasel tracks as well. The actual walking is quite easy once you get the hang. I only fell over once and that was because I was trying to stand on one ...
... by our host at the train station and taken in his van down the windy snow lined roads to our guesthouse Mont Cervin. It has about 5 rooms and is decorated to look like someone's house, very cosy and most importantly warm. We were able to check in and settle before being taken into town for a meal. We were taken to a recommendation to Udon Fu where I had a tempura with udon soup. Wow ...
... snacks to make up lunch was a good way to go. This fuelled us seek the train to Matsumoto where the historic castle is. On recommendation we got the express wide view train to give us nice views of the surrounding area in comfort. It was quite a nice journey, heaps of tunnels as we went up through the mountain area. One of the views we got looking back over a valley is one of Japan's most famous views and very pretty with ...
... the group were soaking in there all nice and warm. Apart from the crowds of people jostling for a good spot to take photos, it was a lovely experience. The little puffy ones were running around and chasing each other, one grabbed a guys lens and looked straight into it, very cute. They have massively thick fur and many of them huddle up together keeping warm and preening. It is amazing how close you can get to them,I'm was ...
... stops and pretty easy to navigate. Ueno station was huge and we finally found the right ticket office to get out pass from. After this we went and got some food to take on the train for lunch. There was a place which had lots of choices so we got a mix, some gyoza, some rice with beans and some yakkitori chicken skewers. It was all lovingly wrapped in tons of plastic for the bin! The train journey itself was lovely, nice comfy seats, great view of the snowy hills beyond. It ...
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