Ueda Seiyo Hatago Kan

86-2 Sumiyoshi, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 386-0002 , Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Ueda

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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It's Saturday today and we were booked onto the 10:08am Shinkansen from Nagano on route for Tokyo. It hasn't stopped snowing very heavily since yesterday morning and when we arrived at the station this morning it was to find TV film crews and chaos. No trains had left that morning and there was to be a review at midday. At that time it was announced that no trains at all would run from Nagano that day. Meanwhile we had retreated to a Starbucks across the road from the station for ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the next train, which was to Nagano, we missed it and had to wait for the next one. That was 20 minutes late leaving so what had been at the outset a very tight schedule for the day so that we could see the snow monkeys became almost impossible. We were over an hour late arriving in Nagano and then had to catch a public bus for a 40 minute ride before walking almost two miles to the hot springs (onsen) where the monkeys bathe. We rushed through Nagano ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... in a pile of snow which appeared solid, only to sink past my knees, we arrived at the monkey park.

The monkey park itself is very pretty, at the end of a ravine with steep mountains on all sides. As you'd expect, many areas are roped off to protect both the humans and the natural fauna, so there was a fairly well defined path that you follow to enter the park, and walk around it.

For a couple of dollars each ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... has to inquire whether it was actually open, since it was so quiet.

It was, and along with maybe 4 other people in the entire castle grounds we worked our way through the manicured parklands and into the castle.
The friendly little chap at the front was very insistent about the rules for shoe etiquette, which we're very familiar with by now, but we indulged him the opportunity to tell us about how we're not allowed to wear ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... Nagano station.
Wandering through the station, probably not surprisingly there was the highest ratio of foreigners to locals than I'd seen in all my trips to Japan. Also not surprisingly, every one of said foreigners, except for us, spoke with an American accent, and was carrying a snowboard.

Nagano is a small and peaceful little train station, in comparison to the massive and crowded cities within cities which have been the train stations we have ...

Location

This hotel, located on 86-2 Sumiyoshi, Ueda, is near Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open-Air Museum.
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