Takada Castle Hotel
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... we very much needed. Whilst we ate we were treated to the sounds of the piano that was playing all by itself in the corner.
After our breakfast Mr Yumoto kindly drove us up to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. We were a little bit worried as no monkeys had been seen the previous day due to the bad weather, so we were hoping that we would be lucky and get to see them as this was the whole reason we had come. We walked the 30 minutes to the park along a ...
... told me there were no monkeys around and that they were trying to find them and lure them back to the park's hot spring pool. Being monkeys, I guess, they do their own thing and, apparently, there is a lot of food available higher up in the mountains which is where they go at this time of year. However, the park attendant did say that they may be back tomorrow morning.
I'm off to Nagano tomorrow which is only 20 km away to rest my knee.
Enjoy the ...
... need to add cold water to make them bearable but it takes too long to cool them down so for the most part it was just jump in and out. The ryokan provides you with a yukata (a type of kimono) and tabi (wooden sandles) to wear about the town as you hop from onsen to onsen. I didn't feel too silly because everyone was wearing this. The other thing about onsen is that you very quickly get quite blasé about public nudity. You walk into the change room and there are 5 or 6 naked ...
... they are all impressed when I say I'm from Germany and show their appreciation with a long guttural "Ooooouuuuuhhh". I also quickly discover what wonderful things are produced here using the local chestnut after treating myself to a purely medicinal eissu krimu. Strengthened, I enter the very old fashioned but nonetheless very nice Hokusai museum with lots of prints from "a 100 views of Mount Fuji", paintings, wooden panels... And I learn that he became famous producing ...
... are very clean. There are also two towels, a small one with which you basically dry yourself and a larger one for finishing touches, nothing foreign is allowed in the onsen. We booked the private onsen which was on the roof. It was quite small but the water was very hot. There was a header tank constantly feeding into the tub replacing the water displaced when you get in. We lolled about in the hot water, enjoying the view and wondering if the people living ...
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