Hotel Iwatoya

Tsubame Onsen, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-2235, Japan | Hotel
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... and seats. There were no seats available at the station as there was no waiting area and the cafe was full of people already waiting to find out if their trains would run. Once it was announced that the would be no trains our tour leader joined the ticket queue to obtain tickets for the first Shinkansen out tomorrow morning. He was successful. It will leave at 6:08am, so a very early start. He had already contacted explore! the tour operator to let them know that we might need a ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the next train, which was to Nagano, we missed it and had to wait for the next one. That was 20 minutes late leaving so what had been at the outset a very tight schedule for the day so that we could see the snow monkeys became almost impossible. We were over an hour late arriving in Nagano and then had to catch a public bus for a 40 minute ride before walking almost two miles to the hot springs (onsen) where the monkeys bathe. We rushed through Nagano ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... the park, area itself, and were met with more people than we'd seen all day, even though the park was far from crowded.

The monkeys themselves if I'm honest, weren't all that interesting. Unlike at Arashiyama in Kyoto however during the last trip, the monkeys at this park didn't attack me. I was just more impressed with the fantastic walk through the mountains and the beautiful scenery than I was with the monkeys.
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Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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On today's agenda was a bus trip to the mountains to visit the Jigokudani monkey park. With Isabelle starting to come down with a horrible cough, and Veronica not feeling the best either, we decided to keep today simpler.

So over a Toyoko Inn breakfast we devised a plan to head back on the Shinkansen towards Tokyo for a 25 minute journey, which would bring us to an area called Karuizawa, which is a picturesque area in the Nagano ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... if we'd wanted it, but we settled for 2 rows to ourselves, spread out, and relaxed.

Heading from Tokyo to Nagano, the scenery gradually got hillier and hillier, and appeared to get much colder outside. Before too long the cityscapes of Tokyo and Nagoya changed into vistas of snow covered villages in rural towns who's names I can't remember, or in some cases even pronounce.

With the snow falling outside, and the Shinkansen's climate control turned ...

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This hotel, located in the Seki Onsen area of Myoko, is near Suginohara.
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