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After 4 days in the bustling metropolis of tokyo, we headed out to the tranquil Japanese alps. We stayed in a traditional Japanese hotel called a ryokan, complete with many sets of slippers and shoes for different occasions. We slept on futons made for us every night with tatami mats covering the whole room. The town we stayed in, shibu onsen, is …
... entrance. This has by far been one of the most intricate travel experiences we have ever attempted, but we both think the payoff was worth it.
Prior to our visit, however, we were warned -- repeatedly, through guide books, websites, brochures, etc. -- that the monkeys were dangerous ("Do not look them in the eyes") and would steal items and are easily provoked into attacking. Thus, it was with some trepidation that we made our way into their area of ...
... temp of 19.
Today we take a bus into the mountains to visit the Snow monkeys. The monkeys live near a hot spring and will sit in the hot springs right through winter to keep warm. The bus ride is 1 hour and has some stunning views. You have to walk 1.5ks through a beautiful forest to get to the entrance of monkey park. Now as the snow is melting the path is very wet and muddy.
After paying the entrance fee we finally lay eyes ...
... of the slope and sat back completely horizontal and started picking up speed, came through the slow down flat section at about Mach 3 hit the steep snow slope at the stop zone, went up it like a ski jump and over it and ended up in some plastic signage on the other side. He screamed a bit because he was caught up and couldn’t get out but was OK. Sinead lost about 5 years from her life and managed to untangle him. That ...
... proud of the fact that he never turned once! Isabel was not far behind and that was it for our first family skiing holiday. The first of many we hope.
Back to the hotel and a good chat with Aussie family and also an aussie band who were breaking from touring for a few days boarding. Isabel learnt to play Funky Town on the piano with Jess and then steak, lava cake and ...