Shiga Highland Hotel

7148 Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 381-0401, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Yamanouchi-machi

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... off and had lunch in a restaurant but we stayed put. We both had caught the cold going round the group and Starbucks was comfortable and warm. The tour leader came and went during this time, checking for news at the station. Eventual lit emerged that all trains that day were cancelled so he queued for about 90 minutes to buy reserved tickets for an early bullet train the following day. Then he had to find us a hotel for the night as none of us were keen to return to the ryokan, ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the wearer who is sitting down. Then we could speed up. By this time most of the rest of the group was out of sight but we learned later that many of them had slipped and fallen at some stage during the yomp. Walking as rapidly as possible along the track which had levelled out after about a quarter of a mile thank goodness, we arrived at the snow monkeys spring at about 4:10. The Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to this group of Japanese macaques, is closed at 4:30 ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... and vastly more interesting monkeys, we were all monkey'd out for one day, so we began the trip back down the ravine to the bus stop.

Given less than an hour to make it back, or wait an additional 90 minutes for the next bus, we picked up the pace down the icy track. But what was a gentle uphill slope on the way up is a much more friendly gentle downhill slope on the way back, so we made it back down with ease. Sufficient ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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On today's agenda was a bus trip to the mountains to visit the Jigokudani monkey park. With Isabelle starting to come down with a horrible cough, and Veronica not feeling the best either, we decided to keep today simpler.

So over a Toyoko Inn breakfast we devised a plan to head back on the Shinkansen towards Tokyo for a 25 minute journey, which would bring us to an area called Karuizawa, which is a picturesque area in the Nagano ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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After the magnificent crapulence of the Kawasaki Toyoko Inn breakfast yesterday, Charlotte and I didn't even bother going down this morning. Instead Veronica came to our room and did the majority of packing, and then took Angela and Isabelle down, while Charlotte and I stayed upstairs to pack the remainder of the electronics, and carry the bags downstairs.

When we left, I skillfully managed to lock the key in the room, which made it a fun conversation at the ...

Location

This hotel, located in the Kumanoyu Onsen area of Yamanouchi-machi, is near Shiga Kogen Ski Area.
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3.50 of 5 stars Very Good