Shibu Hotel

2173 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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It's Saturday today and we were booked onto the 10:08am Shinkansen from Nagano on route for Tokyo. It hasn't stopped snowing very heavily since yesterday morning and when we arrived at the station this morning it was to find TV film crews and chaos. No trains had left that morning and there was to be a review at midday. At that time it was announced that no trains at all would run from Nagano that day. Meanwhile we had retreated to a Starbucks across the road from the station for ...

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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... in a pile of snow which appeared solid, only to sink past my knees, we arrived at the monkey park.

The monkey park itself is very pretty, at the end of a ravine with steep mountains on all sides. As you'd expect, many areas are roped off to protect both the humans and the natural fauna, so there was a fairly well defined path that you follow to enter the park, and walk around it.

For a couple of dollars each ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... in there over 2 feet long. Most of the fish were a horrible black/grey colour, but there was the occasional, white and orange speckled fish which really stood out.
The girls loved the fish. The fish should stick their heads above the water, and follow anyone walking along the edge of the moat, and if you held your hand out all of the fish would stick their heads out of the water with their massive mouths open, obviously waiting for ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... worth it.

We made it out of Seria alive, and after some other rather pointless wanderings throughout the shopping mall, we found ourselves at the starbucks downstairs for a warming coffee (or hot chocolate for the girls) just as it started to snow.
Again, and I've lost count of the number of times on this trip, we were the only idiots sitting outside, while everyone else sat inside looking out at the tourists who had obviously lost their minds. On the ...

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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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