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Takato

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Omachi

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Kamikochi

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Chino

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Ueda

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Obuse

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Kyu-karuisawa

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Hotaka

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Nagano

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    Nagano Things to Do

    Without a doubt, one of the coolest spectacles in all of Japan is to watch the wild snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps sit out a snowy winter day soaking in the hot waters of a naturally-heated onsen. At Jigokudani Yaenkoen monkey park, just above Nagano, you can see these migratory macaques, the world's most northerly primates (besides man) forage...

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  • Matsuya Ryokan

    Nagano Hotels

    This is a very traditional ryokan. The whole place is so Japanese. It's taken care by 2 elderly...

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  • A Winter Must See: Snow Monkeys in the...

    Nagano Things to Do

    Without a doubt, one of the coolest spectacles in all of Japan is to watch the wild snow monkeys of the Japanese Alps sit out a snowy winter day soaking in the hot waters of a naturally-heated onsen. At Jigokudani Yaenkoen monkey park, just above Nagano, you can see these migratory macaques, the world's most northerly primates (besides man) forage...

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Matsumoto

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  • To and from Matsumoto

    Matsumoto Transportation

    We came to Matsumoto from Kamikochi, for a few hours' stopover on our way back to Tokyo. Our journey involved a bus to Shinshimashima and from there a small local train to Matsumoto. The bus journey was about an hour and the train about half that, with 20 minutes between the two.We left Matsumoto some hours later on a limited express train service...

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  • Toko City Hotel Matsumoto

    Matsumoto Hotels

    9600 yen with breakfast for a twin room. It's right across the road from the station. Rooms are...

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  • Matsumoto Castle

    Matsumoto Things to Do

    The main sight in Matsumoto, and the only one we had time properly to visit, is its castle. This is one of relatively few original castles in Japan; as they were built mostly of wood they often burned down and were rebuilt, some many times. This though is one of just four castles designated as “National Treasures of Japan” and is the oldest castle...

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Takato

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  • Pink, pink, pink

    Takato Favorites

    In the short period that the sakura (cherryblossom) is around, everything in Takato is pink There is a path of pink lanterns leading from the busstation to the cherryblossom park.

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  • Houses

    Takato Favorites

    Takato is just a small village in the mountains. There are still many houses build in the oldfashioned way, with clay.Straw mats are covered with clay and wooden beams hold everything together.

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  • Maretto Golf

    Takato Sports & Outdoors

    In the park higher up one can play a game that looks like golf. It has holes and there are signs with hole 11- par 3 for instance. But the balls are enormous and the clubs are big like playing croquet.Our japanese friend Tomoko Yanagida told us it is called Maretto golf, a sport that originated in Japan.

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Omachi

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  • Riding the Ooito Line

    Omachi Transportation

    This is a stereotypical country train, where there is only one track, so that coming train and going train must co-ordinate carefully so they don't come face-to-face on the same track due to time misjudgement!!The scenery from the train is beautiful, the station platforms and buildings are so cute, like a retro time warp to 100 year ago...BUT it...

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  • This is downtown Omachi Onsen!

    Omachi Things to Do

    It is also the bus stop which runs hourly from early morning to around 17:30 which will take you to either Ogizawa Stn. up in the mountains for the Alpenroute trek, or to JR Shiano Omachi Stn.Behind this downtown are many secluded Hot Springs Resort Hotels and Ryokans.

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  • The beginning or the end of the...

    Omachi Transportation

    The train station illustrated in the lowest right corner is JR Shinano-Omachi Station, which is about an hour or so north of JR Matsumoto Stn. on the Ooito Line.During Japanese Holiday Season, vast majority of people choose to make this the end of the Alpenroute when travelling all by train. I would highly recommend to make this your beginning...

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Kamikochi

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  • Pack for bad weather

    Kamikochi What to Pack

    Pack light - you'll be carrying everything you bring on and off small buses that aren't designed for suitcases etc. Anything you don't need for these few days can be forwarded to your next destination via the excellent Japan Rail service.We had been enjoying great weather on our trip through Japan, but in Kamikochi our luck finally ran out. Rain is...

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  • By bus to Kamikochi

    Kamikochi Transportation

    We travelled to Kamikochi by bus from Takayama. The first leg of the journey took us from Takayama bus station to Hirayu in about an hour. There we changed buses, with a wait of about 15 minutes, for one bound for Kamikochi. No private vehicles are allowed beyond the entrance to the long Kappa tunnel that leads to Kamikochi; the only access is by...

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  • At the bus terminal

    Kamikochi Restaurants

    This is a bustling informal restaurant at Kappa-bashi bus terminal where we ate lunch on both of our days here. As the weather was wet, it seemed everyone else had the same idea, and on both occasions we had to wait for a table despite being early for lunch. On our first visit I had soba noodles in a hot soup which was described as being with...

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Shiojiri

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  • Girl's and Boy's Day

    Shiojiri Favorites

    If you visit Japan during March or April, you'll notice that many stores or homes have a set of dolls or a miniature samurai helmet on display. This is to celebrate Girl's and Boy's Day. Girl's Day was originally a ceremony to cleanse the home or town in the spring. Young girls sent paper dolls floating down the stream. Eventually, families started...

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  • Chisun Inn Shiojiri Kita IC

    Shiojiri Hotels

    642-3 Hirookayoshida, Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture, 399-0701, Japan

    Good for: Couples

  • Summer Festivals

    Shiojiri Things to Do

    You can go to one of the biggie festivals in Kyoto or Aomori, but you'll probably be pushed to the back of the crowd where all of your pictures will have a sea of heads in them. It's interesting, it's just not as interesting as finding the smaller, less crowded festivals. Every town in Japan has summer festivals associated with it's shrines. This...

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Yudanaka

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  • road to Jigokudani Park (Monkey Park)

    Yudanaka Transportation

    The road from Yodanaka town to Jigokudani Park is narrow and windy but perfectly safe if you are driving slow and watching the mirrors located on every curve.Here are some pictures from our ride.

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  • Monkeys Park

    Yudanaka Things to Do

    The road from Yudanaka to the Monkey Park is very narrow, but totally drivable in a dry summer day (closed in the winter time). Drive slowly, watch the upcoming traffic (mirrors placed on every curve help a lot) and it is perfectly safe.On the end of the road will be paid parking lot (around $5) and little refreshment stand.Park your car, put some...

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Chino

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  • to the top of the mountain

    Chino Things to Do

    Kurumayama is famous for its nice ski gelande in winter. So they have lifts and they run the lifts also in summer for idlers to reach to the top of the mountain.Why not use the conveniences of modern life?Of course we rode on one! So this picture...I'm not too Spartan to train my kids of 3yrs old and 2yrs old ; )

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  • Tateshina Tokyu Resort

    Chino Hotels

    4026-2 Kitayama Aza Shikayama, Chino, Nagano Prefecture, 391-0301, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Mt. Fuji far away

    Chino Things to Do

    One of the most important points for a Japanese when we are in a wide open place with a view is that the sight has a view of Mt. Fuji.Yeees, this place has one : ) : ) : )You see? It is farrrr away so very small in the picture but it is there.Yes, this is important and I feel much more satisfied with that...

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Ueda

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  • BY CAR

    Ueda Transportation

    To get to Ueda from Nagano via the expressway you should take a left off the Chuo Expressway onto the Joetsu Expressway after the Matsushiro Reststop. Continue along the expressway and get of at the second Junction for Ueda. From Matsumoto it is a little more tricky as there is no expressway. I don't recommend driving (especially in winter!!) but...

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  • Saito Hotel

    Ueda Hotels

    1387 Kakeyuonsen, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, 386-0323, Japan

    Good for: Families

  • SHINKANSEN

    Ueda Transportation

    The Nagano Shinkansen has a stop in Ueda (one stop from Nagano Station). It takes 30 mins from Nagano and 2 hours from Tokyo.The Shinkansen is by far the most convenient way to travel around Japan. Unfortunately it isn't very cheap! Luckily there is a Japan JR Rail Pass available to foreign travellers. See the JR East website for details: It...

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Kyu-karuisawa

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Hotaka

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  • Daio Wasabi Farm

    Hotaka Things to Do

    This is quite an interesting and popular place. You can see how wasabi is grown, relax in a pleasant setting, and try all kinds of different wasabi flavoured foods. The wasabi icecream wasn't too bad at all.It's about 2km from Hotaka station. I would recommend hiring a bike to get about if you don't have a car.

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  • Excellent quality and service

    Hotaka Restaurants

    Japanese version of French cuisine. Reservations are necessary for the course dinner. I'm unsure if any English or French is spoken here, but the service was impeccable, as was the food. Recommended. The course tends to be whatever the chef has available on the day, but is excellent.

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  • Bicycle hire

    Hotaka Transportation

    Bicycles are a great way of getting around this area.There are several hire places around Hotaka station. Prices tend to be reasonable, and it's the best way of getting around the various attractions, given the lack of public transport.

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