TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Iwatoya Myoko
Travel Blogs from Myoko
Dinner tonight is in their French restaurant. We are welcomed by an English speaking waiter from Sri Lanka. Knowing he would have English speaking guests, he had kindly translated tonight's menu into English and printed it out for us. The food is surprisingly delicious and beautifully plated, you don't quite expect a French chef in a family type resort in Kusatsu. As it turns out the chef had worked at the embassy in Italy which explains it ...
... and we need help finding the Japanese restaurant. As it turns out we are the only people in the Japanese restaurant, the first course of our Kaiseki dinner is already waiting for us on our table. One of the courses is pork Shabu-Shabu, quite tasty! Also some sashimi, tempura, broiled fish, egg custard and of course rice and soup at the end. Well prepared and nicely presented, but the Kaiseki dinner we had two years ago in the Sekitei Ryokan was the best we ever ...
... out to find the ‘Express’ bus to the park. To be clear, we had already traveled:
- 15 minute shuttle ride from the hotel to Shinjuku station.
- 20 minute train ride from Shinjuku station to Tokyo station.
- 90 minute shinkansen ride from Tokyo station to Nagano station.
- 45 minute bus ride to Kabayashi Onsen stop.
- 30 minute hike (up the mountain, through the woods and snow and mud) to ...
... the floor.
Our room overlooks the train line and Nagano train station, so we get to see the trains come and go, even the Shinkansen.
We take a walk around the area and find a supermarket to get some breakfast supplies.
What a great nights sleep in a real bed. We both slept really well and the noise from the trains did not bother us at all. Opening the blinds reveals a magnificent day with nothing but blue sky and ...
... are not as a high as the Alps the snow seems excellent.
The hotel at the airport was, well an airport hotel so not much write home about… but Japan on the other hand…
Can’t wait to chat to our Japanese friends back at JSK to explain what a country they’ve got.
I hope the kids remember and savour it as there won’t be many more interesting and fun countries they ...