Bears House

972-1 Ishiuchi, Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-6372, Japan | Lodge
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Travel Blogs from Minamiuonuma

Trip to Yudanaka to see the Snow Monkeys

A travel blog entry by kirstyollie


... As we were leaving he gave us a ribbon with a 5 yen coin attached for good luck and then took our photo with them, which he said he would email to me.

We decided to spend a few hours looking around Nagano before we headed off to Kyoto. They had hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics and there was plenty of reference to this as we walked around. We visited the Zenkoji Buddhist temple which was in the heart of Nagano, which has a small town built ...

An Epic ride up Mt. Shirane

A travel blog entry by velojim-japan


... on in order to make myself as visible as possible. I kept chugging away up the climb resigned to the fact that there would be nothing to see. However, the cycling gods must have been kind to me as the clouds lifted and there was bright sunshine when I came to the main parking lot for the hike up to the caldera. I could see dozens of people winding their way up the trail to the top of the crater where the caldera was located. I parked my bike and joined the hike up. As I ...

A grind to Kusatsu but it's amazing here!

A travel blog entry by velojim-japan


... and purchased a ticket from the machine for my selection, price 680 yen. I matched up the Japanese characters on the picture chart of the various dishes to the characters on the ticket machine and chose what I thought was a chicken and rice set. It was chicken alright but only the skin! It reminded me of when Noelle and I went to an izakaya in Shichinohe on our 2010 bike tour. I had asked for some yakitori and nodded when the server asked me ...

Snow monkeys!!!

A travel blog entry by guykb


... standing around or getting into or out of the hot thermal pool. Any sense of prudishness is pretty quickly wiped away. We managed to visit 6 of them in the time available. Each onsen has a women's side and a men's side. Supposedly each onsen is good for different things. One helps with skin ailments while another is good for intestinal problems etc etc. I don't know about that but it was a lot of fun! We went on a bit of a restaurant hop for dinner. There was a yakitori place ...

Snow Monkeys here

A travel blog entry by spiderwebbs


... have an onsen, effectively a hot tub. The hot water comes from natural hot springs. Our ryokan has several onsens, public and private. If you go public, women are in one and men in another and of course you are naked. John and I decided to go private this time. There may be other times when we don’t have the choice!

There is very strict etiquette to be followed when using an onsen. Firstly you must wash yourself down with soap and water, ...


This lodge is located in the Maruyama Onsen area of Minamiuonuma.
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