Cortinaso

Shin-Akakura 218-2 Tagiri, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture, Chubu, 949-2102, Japan | Pension
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Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... off and had lunch in a restaurant but we stayed put. We both had caught the cold going round the group and Starbucks was comfortable and warm. The tour leader came and went during this time, checking for news at the station. Eventual lit emerged that all trains that day were cancelled so he queued for about 90 minutes to buy reserved tickets for an early bullet train the following day. Then he had to find us a hotel for the night as none of us were keen to return to the ryokan, ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... road leading to the track to the monkeys. It was steep and very slippery as the snow had fallen on ice. Barbara had one of her walking poles with her and with good grips on her walking boots it wasn't too bad. Sue had not had a chance to put her metal ice grips onto her boots and so struggled until with the help of the tour leader she managed to get them on. Barbara had tried to help but they have to be stretched to get them on and really need to be put onto the ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... and vastly more interesting monkeys, we were all monkey'd out for one day, so we began the trip back down the ravine to the bus stop.

Given less than an hour to make it back, or wait an additional 90 minutes for the next bus, we picked up the pace down the icy track. But what was a gentle uphill slope on the way up is a much more friendly gentle downhill slope on the way back, so we made it back down with ease. Sufficient ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... etc. As we were entering, we got an ominous warning from another patron who was just exiting, warning me that I should watch my head at all times. Duly noted.

He was right. The interior of the castle was a fantastic maze of wooden hallways, and steep, almost vertical staircases. The hallways were extra wide apparently to allow samurai in full battle armor quick and easy access around the perimeter of the castle, and the ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a giant touchscreen was a natural progression for the humble mechanical vending machine, but I still thought it was pretty damn cool.

For the Shinkansen journey, again we could only book 4 tickets, since we only have 4 rail passes, so we tried our luck with an unreserved carriage, and since the train was starting its trip from Tokyo station, we got the pick of the seats. I think this was actually the least crowded I've seen a Shinkansen. We could have had a ...

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This pension, located in the Akakura Onsen area of Myoko, is near Suginohara.
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