Tsuruya Ryokan

678 Kyu-Karuizawa Oaza Karuizawa, Karuizawa, Nagano, Chubu, 389-0120, Japan | Ryokan
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Travel Blogs from Karuizawa

Stranded in the snow

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... realised that the snow must indeed be exceptional and that the trains must be disrupted. They were. No trains were going anywhere. We waited for a while to see if the trains would start moving but by 10:00 we were told the situation would be reviewed at 12:00 noon so we all headed across the road from the station to a Starbucks as the cafe at the station was full of other waiting passengers. We stayed in Starbucks until almost 2:30 only buying a couple of hot drinks. Some of the ...

Snow, monkeys and the bullet train

A travel blog entry by suebar

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... from the taps no one tried the bath. Some of the party got a taxi to a public bath house after we had eaten but we didn't as we were so tired we just wanted to go to bed. For dinner we ventured out into the snow again to a soba noodle restaurant. Nagano specialises in soba or buckwheat noodles and they were really quite tasty. Fortunately the futons were quite comfortable and we had plenty of bedding so we slept fairly well as we were to be up early (again) the next ...

Day 14 - Snow and monkeys at Jigokudani

A travel blog entry by apat

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... expecting the monkeys to do. We spent nearly 2 hours within the monkey park itself, and the original group of primate paparazzi still hasn't moved from their positions.

And there was still only the same 2 monkeys in the pool when we left.
Does anyone really need 3000 shots of the same 2 monkeys?

After leaving the monkey pool, and spending a little bit of time down by the river, with the frankly far ...

Day 13 - Impromptu Karuizawa and Matsumoto Castle

A travel blog entry by apat

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... park curator was expecting more snow, as he tirelessly worked to create the lamest mini toboggan run you will ever see, using the remaining bits of ice and snow that he was able to gather up off the ground.

The only other "snow" in this "park" was a snowman, and a small igloo. After Angela callously pushed the snowman's head off and made it roll down the hill it was not so much a snowman anymore as it was just a large snowball. I ...

Day 12 - Nagano. Now we're cold.

A travel blog entry by apat

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... for quite some time, and I was beginning to suspect that she wasn't coming back, but she eventually returned carrying a bunch of ice-cream tubs for us. I was tempted to ask for an extra one to make her walk back and get it, but we were only 30 minutes from Nagano at the time, so she might not have made it back in time.

Before long, on what I think was the most relaxed Shinkansen journey I've ever been on, we finished the 105 minute journey from Tokyo, and ...

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This ryokan, located on 678 Kyu-Karuizawa Oaza Karuizawa, Karuizawa, is near Shiraito Falls.
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