Suzurikawa Hotel

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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... to walk along under the main altar in pitch black darkness. Part of the way along there is a door with a key in it and pilgrims come from all over Japan to touch the key which is known as the key to Paradise. We all had to feel our way along the passage by touching the wall which was lined with wood and. I think that most of us were relieved to reach the end and climb stairs once more into the light of the temple. We then sat for a few minutes listening to the monks chanting ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... the previous weekend. Our bullet train was delayed by about 15 minutes and then travelled some of the journey more slowly than usual. It was still a good experience. The countryside was very pretty but we couldn't take many photos because of the falling snow obscuring the view and also patterning the window with ice. We had to change trains after what was scheduled to be a 40 minute trip. It actually took 50 minutes. As we were to have had only a 20 minute ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... prices and similar times, we settled for the bus, and made our way to the bus stop.

Strangely, after getting on and off trains for the past 2 weeks, riding in something which rides on rubber tyres and uses a road, and not a track was a bit of a novelty. The bus ride was largely uneventful, bus it got more interesting as we worked our way out of Nagano city. Isabelle and I were seated in the front row behind the driver, and ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... compensate by putting a wedge of ice on top of the snowball, like a kind of pointy head, but it just wasn't the same. Frosty will remain beheaded until the next snowfall, because there just wasn't enough snow on the ground to build a new head.

As for the shopping arcade, it was underwhelming. It can apparently get very busy, but today it was absolutely deserted. Mostly popular fashion labels, the clerks in the store seemed to get ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... Nagano station.
Wandering through the station, probably not surprisingly there was the highest ratio of foreigners to locals than I'd seen in all my trips to Japan. Also not surprisingly, every one of said foreigners, except for us, spoke with an American accent, and was carrying a snowboard.

Nagano is a small and peaceful little train station, in comparison to the massive and crowded cities within cities which have been the train stations we have ...

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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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