Travel Blogs from Minamiuonuma
... times. I passed some local huts and the visitors center and right after that there was a serious bit of climbing. The Japanes, being practical just made a path straight up the mountain which resulted in a very steep climb. I could take just a few steps before i had to catch my breath again and even though it was pretty cold i was sweating really heavily.
I got to the top and after descending for a couple of minutes the snow was almost completely gone and it ...
... bath all to myself. (Oh boy a real hot bath) The rooms don't have locks but that doesn't seem to matter (what a liberating feeling, knowing that you don't need to lock yourself in to be safe). After making up my bed i went to the bath (which was really hot!) and after soaking a bit and resting, i got down to get myself dinner.
The dinner was delicious. The japanese have a thing about making their food not only tasty but ...
Early shinkansen to Nagano. Quite warm. Renovating so wander around construction site to local train to Yudanaka.
Local train "Snow Monkey Express" climbed up steady slope to many snow banked buildings, eventually snow-covered fields.
Yudanaka is grey and unimpressive at the station. We decide to take a taxi to hotel.
Arrive at hotel at about 1:30 so chose to walk up to Snow Monkeys. We were told we could check in before 4, or after 4:30.
Wonderful walk up to ...
... in our new room which was a traditional Japanese ryokan. We tried some traditional Japanese green tea which we sipped whilst sitting on cushions on the floor.
At 5:30 Mr Yumoto took us over to a private onsen up the street which had great views of the city below. After being brave and stripping off (no clothes/swimwear are allowed to be worn when bathing in a Japanese onsen) we slipped in to the warmth of the onsen. It is exactly like being in ...
Distance: 48.7 km
Elevation gain: 1,216 metres
Today's ride was epic in many ways - the challenge of riding in thick fog, the beautiful scenery and the rush of descending for almost 20 km. The details are all below.
First, I was treated to a lovely, typical Japanese breakfast at the Spax Hotel in Kusatsu this morning. Looking back from my current ryokan here in Yudanaka, the Spax was a very nice hotel. ...
Other places to stay in Minamiuonuma
Maruyama Onsen, Minamiuonuma | Lodgefrom $107