Shin-Akakurakan

218-2 Tagiri, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-2102, Japan | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Myoko

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... borrow umbrellas and without them we think we would have looked like walking snowmen before long. The snow was very deep but the shop keepers and the gardeners at the temple were already out clearing paths through the snow. We had an English speaking Japanese guide leading us around the temple. We walked through the main gates and into the grounds and then to the main hall where having removed our boots we walked up the side towards the main alter before descending some very ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... reached the city outskirts we went onto an expressway where the speed limit was set at 50 mph. Having left the expressway we started to climb into the foot hills of the Japanese Alps and the driver pulled the bus over to put snow chains onto the back wheels. Snow chains on we could climb the hill and eventually we were set down at a bus stop in the town of Yudanaka. It was about 3:20 and the bus journey had taken over an hour. Then everyone was away racing up ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... it so they can bathe and keep warm.
Apparently this is a fascinating natural phenomenon, but I found it more interesting in watching the humans at this pool than I did watching the monkeys.

In the hot spring pool itself, for the duration that I was there, there were 2 monkeys in the pool. They both looked warm, and fairly relaxed, but other than that, they looked exactly as you'd expect a wet monkey to look.
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Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... I'd have booked a few days in Matsumoto, and skipped Nagano entirely.

But no matter. We walked from the train station, through some quiet backstreets, and were soon greeted with the sight of Matsumoto castle. In 3 trips to Japan I've seen a lot of impressive sights, both man-made and natural, and this castle is up there with the best of them. It isn't as imposing as Himeji castle, but both inside and out, it is quite simply stunning. ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... of people who did the the exact same thing while we were there, it is a pretty common thing to do.

So all that's left to do for today is plan tomorrow's activities. To be honest I know there is snow monkeys somewhere around here, and I have a feeling that there is a ropeway around here somewhere that is worth taking a look at, but other than that, aside from skiing, and a temple a few kilometers walk from here, I'm not sure what's around here to do. I guess I'm about to find out.
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This hotel, located in the Akakura Onsen area of Myoko, is near Suginohara.
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