Smile Hotel Nagano
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... now it was dark so we wrapped up very warmly and joined the rest of the people in the town in viewing the castle & blossoms by floodlight. Being Saturday evening it was extremely busy but everyone is very polite and considerate so there is no pushing and shoving which makes it very pleasant. Musicians played traditional music from the moon viewing balcony in the castle. Being still full with sweet fish we opted for a cheese plate snack for dinner in the library cafe opposite the ...
... the lead from the locals. It was pretty cold so we decided to come back tomorrow when a fine evening is forecast. We watched our bed mats being expertly laid on the dot of 7pm. Nia is happy to have her own room again. A restaurant a few doors down was highly recommended and we had an excellent meal of Japanese style breaded pork fillet. We all put in our special yukata pyjamas and flopped onto our futon ...
... out to find the ‘Express’ bus to the park. To be clear, we had already traveled:
- 15 minute shuttle ride from the hotel to Shinjuku station.
- 20 minute train ride from Shinjuku station to Tokyo station.
- 90 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo station to Nagano station.
- 45 minute bus ride to Kabayashi Onsen stop.
- 30 minute hike (up the mountain, through the woods and snow and mud) to ...
... the floor.
Our room overlooks the train line and Nagano train station, so we get to see the trains come and go, even the Shinkansen.
We take a walk around the area and find a supermarket to get some breakfast supplies.
What a great nights sleep in a real bed. We both slept really well and the noise from the trains did not bother us at all. Opening the blinds reveals a magnificent day with nothing but blue sky and ...
In Japan there is a type of rail ticket called the Japan Rail Pass. This has the potential to save a lot of money over the course of your journey. However it can only be bought if you are out of the country. I had left it too late and so struggled to get mine, leaving my plans all up in the air. I managed to pick my pass up by sending it to my hosts for 2 days. This worked really well and because I had asked to stay with them early in my trip, I now had options ...