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... bus for the drive to the monkey park
It’s a 1.6km walk to where the monkeys are through a lovely pine forest. The Snow monkeys are Japanese Macaques are the only primates to live in a place where it snows. The monkeys are able to do this by spending their time in the onsen.
The monkeys are very amusing – especially the young ones who appear to have limitless energy and delight in ...
... to the top of the mountain.
The kids had a lesson in the morning and Leigh and I enjoyed skiing Yamabiko and Unoteira. The snow conditions are good in the morning but then soften up in the afternoon. We skiied til 4pm then headed back to the Lodge (I with Campbell on the gondola - Leigh was brave/foolish enough to take the other two on the Forest home trail)
Wednesday - April 1st
Wednesday wasn't the best day as the rain arrived and made the ...
Today was the longest day (both in terms of miles covered and travel time) we had planned for our whole trip. We figured a long travel day earlier in the trip (while we still had energy) would be a little bit easier, while still making sure we fit in all the amazing things we wanted to see during this trip!
We started the day in Tokyo, enjoying a fabulously luxurious room service breakfast at the Park Hyatt. Again, the staff does not disappoint with one of the ...
Its a 4 hour bus ride from Tokyo to Nagano. We take the bus over the train, as the Shinkansen is not cheap, and i have never driven on the roads in Japan, so it will be a good experience. The bus is as punctual as the train and departs on time to the minute. The drive has plenty of beautiful country side and snow capped alps. We one stop once at a rest stop for 15 minutes, which is enough to stretch the legs. The driver tells us ...
... with sliding paper screens, with a hearth set in the flood to burn some charcoal to keep the cold at bay. Blankets rather than central heating and all set against a backdrop of forested mountains and Buddhist temples. The international villa certainly lived up to its promise. A perfect blend of the old and the new modern conveniences. No Internet, no TV, but electricity and portable heaters. The house came equipped with varying guests and a great bowl of a ...