Woodruff

1223-5306 Sugadairakougen, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 386-2201, Japan | Pension
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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 wearer who is sitting down. Then we could speed up. By this time most of the rest of the group was out of sight but we learned later that many of them had slipped and fallen at some stage during the yomp. Walking as rapidly as possible along the track which had levelled out after about a quarter of a mile thank goodness, we arrived at the snow monkeys spring at about 4:10. The Jigokudani Monkey Park, home to this group of Japanese macaques, is closed at 4:30 ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... other fauna that this pool seems to attract is the professional photographer, and their behavior was much more interesting. A line of 20 or so photographers standing shoulder to shoulder, some with tripods set up, all jostled for position with their eyes tightly jammed into their viewfinders, and their massive zoom lenses aimed squarely at the 2 monkeys in the pond, waiting for them to do something.

One of the ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... he even had a quick run through the castle in an attempt to find it before we'd left the castle grounds, but his efforts were unsuccessful. No matter. It gives me a good excuse to spend a little bit more time in the next Bic Camera or whatever other camera and electronics store we come across.

The train back from Matsumoto was the 6pm rush hour "express" on the local line, and as a result was packed with businessmen and peak ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... a store of this magnitude stocking only hardcopy books would still be a viable venture. But to be honest business was booming. There were lots of people on every floor, all thumbing through books, and I think every one of them stopped reading to stare at the lost Aussie tourists, who obviously couldn't read a word of Japanese, as they walked through the bookstore searching for an exit. We purchased a couple of little items on level 2 just to make it appear like it ...

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