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... One of the highlights was that it contained an inner chamber which we had to walk down to via a narrow staircase, which lead to a completely pitch black corridor. You had to use your right hand to feel along the wall and find your way. Near the end you touch a metal key hanging on the wall to give you enlightment. When we left we definitely felt something although we weren't sure what it was!
We had a quick lunch and headed back to the station bound for ...
... area, which, as I approached was to mark the highest point of the pass, 2,172 metres. I think this is the highest highway mountain pass in Japan and the highest I've ever been on a bike.
After the summit, the first bit of descent was hairy as you couldn't see very far ahead due to the fog. However, as I continued to descend, I broke through the clouds and it was no longer foggy. Also, it started to get sunny as I rolled further west. It was a rush to swing ...
... and therefore there may be some unhappy children and second, the men were rather 'merry' and so much more chatty than normal. One guy asked us what we were doing in Yamanouchi. When we told him snow monkeys he looked confused. He was unaware of the snow monkeys. The main reason Japanese come to Yamanouchi is for the onsen. It was fun and after about 40 mins the chef came out and got us. The food was excellent. We feasted and then walked slowly back to our ryokan through the warm evening air. ...
... and classical piano at night, they probably don't mind. A lack of the ubiquitous concrete, that seems to define urban japan, and, instead, many more traditional houses along with fruit and wine plantations make Obuse a pleasant irregularity. It used to be rich and important in the 19th century but now is a haven for day-tripping pensioners and families.
... Tokyo metro, changed to the JR system and took another train to Nagano. Then we had to find the next station, which was not on the JR system, and take another train to Yudanaka. John reckons we walked about 2.5 km getting from station to station and platform to platform. Yudanaka is famous for its snow monkeys and where we would spend our first night in a ryokan or traditional Japanese guesthouse. The journey took us about four hours and we arrived at the ...
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