Yamano Hotel

3477 Hokujo, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 399-9301, Japan | Hotel
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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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... last tickets are issued at 4:00. Our tour leader had phoned ahead to the ticket office and managed to persuade them to stay open, so we got in. By the time we got there the hot spring where the monkeys bathe was being brushed clean and the monkeys had left it so we didn't see any monkeys in the water. That was disappointing. However the monkeys were still about so we did see them scrabbling in the snow looking for the grains of wheat that are scattered by the ...

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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... walked out of the nice warm train station we looked over the shopping arcade, and were met with great views of a snow covered mountain with ski runs and chair lifts. At the time time we were hit with the less pleasant reality of icy cold winds blowing down off that same pretty snow covered mountain.

We're visiting the Japanese alps in what is almost literally the middle of winter. That said, I expected there to be more snow. Perhaps ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a store of this magnitude stocking only hardcopy books would still be a viable venture. But to be honest business was booming. There were lots of people on every floor, all thumbing through books, and I think every one of them stopped reading to stare at the lost Aussie tourists, who obviously couldn't read a word of Japanese, as they walked through the bookstore searching for an exit. We purchased a couple of little items on level 2 just to make it appear like it ...

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This hotel is located in the Hakuba happou Onsen area of Hakuba-mura.
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