Honen Mushi

3055 Togura-onsen, Chikuma, Nagano Prefecture, Chubu, 389-0807, Japan | Ryokan
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Travel Blogs from Chikuma

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... tonight and they were able to make a reservation for us at a good hotel, about a 20 minute walk from the station. Having arrived at the Starbucks before 10 o'clock we finally left (several drinks and cakes later) just before 2:00 for the walk to the hotel. We had an early start because we went to the Zenkoji Temple before breakfast to see the monks at their morning ceremony. We left the ryokan at 6:40 stepping out into a white world with the snow still falling heavily. We were ...

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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... was initially fascinated by the monkeys, and these monkeys were calm enough to simply walk up to and past the camera wielding humans as if they weren't even there. She too soon got sick of the monkeys, of which the majority were just huddled together, trying to keep from freezing.

The main event of the monkey park is undoubtedly the hot spring pool. This pool filled with volcanic hot spring water, attracts the ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... I'd have booked a few days in Matsumoto, and skipped Nagano entirely.

But no matter. We walked from the train station, through some quiet backstreets, and were soon greeted with the sight of Matsumoto castle. In 3 trips to Japan I've seen a lot of impressive sights, both man-made and natural, and this castle is up there with the best of them. It isn't as imposing as Himeji castle, but both inside and out, it is quite simply stunning. ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... opportunity to punish me. So, with much dread, we entered Seria. No, not the wartorn epicentre of unrest in the middle-east, but a much calmer store, where everything costs 105 yen, or around a dollar.

The operators of Seria were either numb or stupid, because it was as hot as the surface of the sun in the store. It made the Shinkansen seem positively comfortable by comparison. 100 yen stores are unpleasant at the best of times, but this one was like shopping ...

Location

This ryokan, located in the Togurakamiyamada Onsen area of Chikuma, is near Villa d'Est Garden Farm and Winery.
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