Hotel Shiga Sunvalley

7148 Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 381-0401, Japan | Ryokan
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Travel Blogs from Yamanouchi-machi

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... dinner together. This is traditional on the last evening of an Explore trip. As I was writing it the TV had an extended news programme about all the problems caused by the snow which is affecting the northern half of Japan. Well, most of us met in the hotel reception at 6:00 but there was then a division of ways and no group dinner. Some went back out into the snow to the temple again, planning to go to an. Italian restaurant. Two had already been out and bought sandwiches to eat ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... and valley was very beautiful. It was forested and snow covered and we would really have liked to take our time and enjoy the scenery but we couldn't as we were racing against time again. We were really very annoyed to have spent eight hours travelling for just 20 minutes at the snow monkeys park since seeing them had been the main reason for choosing this particular tour. Many of the others on the tour were not too happy either. Having descended we made it to ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... but it wasn't. The initial entry into the heavily wooded forest didn't start well, with a set of steep and icy steps leading up through the snow and trees, but after those stairs, the path was just a gentle incline for the entire distance.

The path through the monkey park was either slippery ice, icy mud, or a strange mix of the two. The majority of the pathway was safe, despite the fact that in some sections it was ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... br> Matsumoto castle is one of Japan's most treasured original castles. Both inside and out it apparently retains much of the original features and woodwork.

On the outskirts of the castle grounds we walked around the castle, through the parklands, on the edge of the moat. It soon became obvious that we were being followed by tens, and possibly hundreds of massive, hungry looking coy fish. When I say massive, I estimate there were ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... more than 0 degrees in the wind, which was blowing down from the mountains to the North West.

After stepping out of a Shinkansen carriage which was set to slowly grill the passengers, this icy wind was quite a shock.

Finding our way to the hotel with no problems, we dropped the bags off, and returned towards the train station in search of a shopping centre, at which to buy some essentials, like gloves, beanies, earmuffs, neck warmers, thermal ...

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This ryokan, located in the Kumanoyu Onsen area of Yamanouchi-machi, is near Shiga Kogen Ski Area.
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