The Ridge Hotel & Apartments
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Today I headed off North to Nagano on a morning bullet train from Tokyo. I will be using Nagano as a base for visiting other locations over my 2 day stay here due to its ease of commuting back to Tokyo. My plan for this first day was to arrive in Nagano, drop my bags off at the station luggage lockers and then head on a bus out to Jigokudani wild snow monkey park. This all went to plan thanks to the helpful people in the information ...
... 2.04pm Shinkansen back to Nagano. We then took an old fashion bus to Zonkoji Temple. Owen left soon after and we were left to fend for ourselves. It was an easy 1.7Km walk downhill back to the hotel, supposedly.
We went around the gardens first and that took quite a while as it was quite large. The hordes of Japanese or more than likely, Chinese tourists, had already left by that stage and we could ...
... then another cable car to Kurobe Dam.
It was freezing at the dam, even colder than at the peak at Murodo. The dam had an elevation of only 1450m but the wind was freezing. It was a great view of the dam but did not have enough time to go right to the top.
Unfortunately, the restaurant at the top closed at 3pm and it was well past that by the time we arrived. We had to buy some lunch at the counter in ...
It had rained quite heavily during the night and was still raining. There was no news to say that the train was cancelled, so we ant ahead. Luckily, the carriages were covered. The view was different in the rain and the water was no longer turquoise but brown. The leaves were turning golden, even from yesterday. There was a lot more water in the river and there were a lot more waterfalls.
Because of the rain, we ...
... Robert was almost decapitated by the train doors on the way up. He thought that the train would stop for a few minutes and stuck his head out. The doors closed suddenly and luckily for him, his reflexes were slightly quicker than his wit. We couldn't help but laugh. I guess the situation would be different if he really did get hurt.
It was ...