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... rooms were available. We went to a good hotel about 20 minutes walk from the station and were shown to our rooms after a bit of a wait. Luxury- we could take showers although we had no clean clothes to change into as we had only our day sacs with us. We wondered where our big bags were as the courier firm was no doubt affected by the snow as well. The first part of this entry was written in the hotel room while we watched TV before meeting up with the rest of the group to decide on ...
... 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 ...
... fact, for Charlotte and I to venture up the road to the nearest service station for vending machine hot chocolates.
By the time we got back to Nagano station, at 4pm in the afternoon we realised that we still hadn't had lunch, so we grabbed quick and easy bento lunchboxes and returned to the hotel to eat them, and banished the thought of trying to fit anything else into today.
Since we're leaving here ...
... dropped from a great height, sim-city style.
In the middle of the complex there is a huge grassed area, covered in brown, frozen grass, and a very pretty, icy cold pond, containing 2 of the coldest looking ducks I've ever seen. They were floating around among the ice cubes. I'm assuming they were real. They looked real.
I trekked straight across the field towards the pond, and Veronica tells me that the signs say to keep ...
... 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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