Lodge Yugenso

5780 Ohinata, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0100 , Japan | Lodge
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Travel Blogs from Karuizawa

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... off and had lunch in a restaurant but we stayed put. We both had caught the cold going round the group and Starbucks was comfortable and warm. The tour leader came and went during this time, checking for news at the station. Eventual lit emerged that all trains that day were cancelled so he queued for about 90 minutes to buy reserved tickets for an early bullet train the following day. Then he had to find us a hotel for the night as none of us were keen to return to the ryokan, ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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Leaving our bags at the hotel we took taxis to the railway station for the shinkansen, or bullet train. We were surprised to see that it was snowing as we hadn't expected snow as far south as Kyoto. It had been cold and we had been glad of our lined walking trousers, thermals hats and thick gloves to insulate us as we explored the temples etc but we had not expected snow. It was unusual and had arrived only six days after a freak snow storm had brought Tokyo to ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... and vastly more interesting monkeys, we were all monkey'd out for one day, so we began the trip back down the ravine to the bus stop.

Given less than an hour to make it back, or wait an additional 90 minutes for the next bus, we picked up the pace down the icy track. But what was a gentle uphill slope on the way up is a much more friendly gentle downhill slope on the way back, so we made it back down with ease. Sufficient ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... compensate by putting a wedge of ice on top of the snowball, like a kind of pointy head, but it just wasn't the same. Frosty will remain beheaded until the next snowfall, because there just wasn't enough snow on the ground to build a new head.

As for the shopping arcade, it was underwhelming. It can apparently get very busy, but today it was absolutely deserted. Mostly popular fashion labels, the clerks in the store seemed to get ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... Nagano station.
Wandering through the station, probably not surprisingly there was the highest ratio of foreigners to locals than I'd seen in all my trips to Japan. Also not surprisingly, every one of said foreigners, except for us, spoke with an American accent, and was carrying a snowboard.

Nagano is a small and peaceful little train station, in comparison to the massive and crowded cities within cities which have been the train stations we have ...

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This lodge, located on 5780 Ohinata, Karuizawa, is near Shiraito Falls.
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