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... hotel was in the middle of Kabukicho, which is one of Tokyo's biggest entertainment/red light district i went for a walk to check the neighbourhood out. But the fun was short lived because every 20 meters there is a *****ian guy trying to pull you into a very expensive bar with high cover charges. Very annoying so i gave up after a couple of minutes. So i decided to just sit outside for a bit and Skype with my good friend Rob again. After an hour or we hung up and i went to ...
... up words if he needed to. He was a bit shy but we had a good time and some good laughs. :-) We said our goodbyes halfway through the park as he had to go back home and i was heading for the hut that would be my home for the night.
It took me about an hour of walking in the rain and some asking around to find the 'Daini chozo' hut. At the reception i was told there were only three other (older female) guests and that i would ...
Early shinkansen to Nagano. Quite warm. Renovating so wander around construction site to local train to Yudanaka.
Local train "Snow Monkey Express" climbed up steady slope to many snow banked buildings, eventually snow-covered fields.
Yudanaka is grey and unimpressive at the station. We decide to take a taxi to hotel.
Arrive at hotel at about 1:30 so chose to walk up to Snow Monkeys. We were told we could check in before 4, or after 4:30.
Wonderful walk up to ...
... but minus the bubbles and it is completely naturally heated. As it was still raining we did put the umbrella over us to try and stop the cold rain from spoiling it. After a nice soak in the onsen we were both feeling very relaxed.
Mr Yumoto had shown us some menus with recommendations from previous guests for nearby restaurants. We chose one and asked where it was but unfortunately we were there on a Sunday night in off peak season and it was ...
Distance: 48.7 km
Elevation gain: 1,216 metres
Today's ride was epic in many ways - the challenge of riding in thick fog, the beautiful scenery and the rush of descending for almost 20 km. The details are all below.
First, I was treated to a lovely, typical Japanese breakfast at the Spax Hotel in Kusatsu this morning. Looking back from my current ryokan here in Yudanaka, the Spax was a very nice hotel. ...