499 Ubashimashinden, Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-6425, Japan | B&B
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Trip to Yudanaka to see the Snow Monkeys

A travel blog entry by kirstyollie


... but minus the bubbles and it is completely naturally heated. As it was still raining we did put the umbrella over us to try and stop the cold rain from spoiling it. After a nice soak in the onsen we were both feeling very relaxed.

Mr Yumoto had shown us some menus with recommendations from previous guests for nearby restaurants. We chose one and asked where it was but unfortunately we were there on a Sunday night in off peak season and it was ...

An Epic ride up Mt. Shirane

A travel blog entry by velojim-japan


... Tokyo, I felt myself getting sick again. I think I grabbed a bag from somewhere and proceeded to get sick in the middle of the station when Amy said that she had to take Wesley to check on our train departure times and hurried off. So there I was, retching my guts out in the middle of the Nagano train station, when my wife abandons me at my time of greatest need. Oh, the tragedy of it all...;-)

Anyway, as I was riding into Yudanaka, I turned off to visit the ...

A grind to Kusatsu but it's amazing here!

A travel blog entry by velojim-japan


... and inns to provide onsen water. Bathers are separated into men and women who each get their own facility. You go in and sit on a stool in front of a washing station and clean yourself before going in to the pool. The twist is that everyone is doing this in the nude but it's an incredible liberating feeling to soak in the pool with nothing on. You're not even allowed to bring a towel into the onsen water to cover yourself up. After today's ride ...

Snow monkeys!!!

A travel blog entry by guykb


... t speak to them in a friendly or soothing voice - all of these are signs of aggression to the monkeys). As we were to observe, the monkeys spend most of their time being aggressive and sorting out the pecking order. Fights are numerous and frequent and a bit loud and scary too. When we got to the monkey onsen there were five or six bathing. We watched them for ages, fighting, playing, screaming, paddling, swimming, lounging about. After a while it was time to leave so we walked to ...

Snow Monkeys here

A travel blog entry by spiderwebbs


... photographs of the monkeys all over Yudanaka, taken in the winter, showing three or four of the monkeys with thick, ice laden fur warming themselves in the hot pools. Obviously the park managers and Japanese people in general are very proud of their monkeys and have put in place measures to prevent them from being mistreated in any way. We met our host at the entrance again and were taken to the ryokan.

At a ryokan you get to experience something ...


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