Opera Karuizawa

5664-3 Ohinata Nagakura, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0111, Japan | Inn
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Travel Blogs from Karuizawa

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... before being hustled by the guide into our shoes again and outside so that we could line up, remove our hats, hide our umbrellas behind ourselves and then crouch down with bowed heads and hands together as in prayer so that we could be blessed by the priest on his way past. The blessing consisted of being struck on the head by one of the beads he was carrying. We left the main hall and clambered through the snow, which was up to mid calf level in the gardens to see some minor ...

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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... its nose, and the sound of a thousand shutters clicking echoed loudly around the ravine. The other monkey turned its head, and again the shutters clicked nonstop for a few seconds to capture the magic.

I'm not sure if their artistic abilities and perspective was seeing something that I was missing. To me it just looked like 2 monkeys in a pool.

I was unable to get down to the poolside where the "professionals" ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... I'd have booked a few days in Matsumoto, and skipped Nagano entirely.

But no matter. We walked from the train station, through some quiet backstreets, and were soon greeted with the sight of Matsumoto castle. In 3 trips to Japan I've seen a lot of impressive sights, both man-made and natural, and this castle is up there with the best of them. It isn't as imposing as Himeji castle, but both inside and out, it is quite simply stunning. ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... the last 10 days. We very easily found our way out onto the street, since there are only 2 exits.

I was expecting it to be quite cool. We were in the Japanese alps after all. But still, it was snowing in Miyajima, and it was barely cold enough to warrant a jacket, and when we walked out of the train station it wasn't even snowing. But it was cold. Easily the coldest temperature that this Australian had ever felt up to that point. It would have been lucky if ...

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This inn, located on 5664-3 Ohinata Nagakura, Karuizawa, is near Shiraito Falls.
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TripAdvisor Reviews Opera Karuizawa

4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding