Yuzawa Toei Hotel
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... get really warm. I walked a couple of kilometers alongside a river and could hear it getting bigger and wilder with each step. The path changed to a paved road and after 4 hours and 15 minutes of hiking i was back in the civilized world. After 30 minutes the local bus came to bring me to Tokura. As i stepped out of the bus the driver started talking to me in Japanese. I could not understand him and since he didn't understand english he stopped trying and took of. I went to ...
... bath all to myself. (Oh boy a real hot bath) The rooms don't have locks but that doesn't seem to matter (what a liberating feeling, knowing that you don't need to lock yourself in to be safe). After making up my bed i went to the bath (which was really hot!) and after soaking a bit and resting, i got down to get myself dinner.
The dinner was delicious. The japanese have a thing about making their food not only tasty but ...
... of rice grown: rice for cooking called japonica; sticky rice that is used for making sweets like mochi; and brewing rice used for making sake. We then visited his home which was very nice. The Japanese try to used everything and not waste anything. The stalks from the rice they use to make sandals and the husks to make pillow stuffing. They also use old kimonos to make zoris and aprons. So they are really into ...
Early shinkansen to Nagano. Quite warm. Renovating so wander around construction site to local train to Yudanaka.
Local train "Snow Monkey Express" climbed up steady slope to many snow banked buildings, eventually snow-covered fields.
Yudanaka is grey and unimpressive at the station. We decide to take a taxi to hotel.
Arrive at hotel at about 1:30 so chose to walk up to Snow Monkeys. We were told we could check in before 4, or after 4:30.
Wonderful walk up to ...
... we very much needed. Whilst we ate we were treated to the sounds of the piano that was playing all by itself in the corner.
After our breakfast Mr Yumoto kindly drove us up to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. We were a little bit worried as no monkeys had been seen the previous day due to the bad weather, so we were hoping that we would be lucky and get to see them as this was the whole reason we had come. We walked the 30 minutes to the park along a ...
- Free parking