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Matsumoto

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Kamikochi

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Takato

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Yudanaka

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Shiojiri

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Omachi

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Iida

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Chino

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Ina

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Iiyama

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Iida

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Suzaka

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Shin-karuisawa

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Saku

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Nozawa

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Kyu-karuisawa

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Komoro

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Nagano

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  • Zenkoji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    The Rokujizō are located to the right of the Daikanjin. The Rokujizō are statues of the six Bodhisattvas, who gave up Buddhist enlightenment, in order to provide salvation to others. The Bodhisattvas are said to be able to commune with the six realms of hell, starvation, beasts, carnage, human beings and divine beings.

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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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  • The Rokujizō statues

    Nagano Things to Do

    The Rokujizō are located to the right of the Daikanjin. The Rokujizō are statues of the six Bodhisattvas, who gave up Buddhist enlightenment, in order to provide salvation to others. The Bodhisattvas are said to be able to commune with the six realms of hell, starvation, beasts, carnage, human beings and divine beings.

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Matsumoto

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  • Stopover in Ina, Japan

    Matsumoto Things to Do

    Ina, Japan, located on the Chuo Expressway is a small city of about 72,000 people. The city hosts the ruins of one of the feudal castles of Japan, along with Ina City Takatomachi History Museum, a clock museum, numerous parks, and it serves as the gateway to Mount Nokogiri and other areas of the Japanese Alps.We stopped here while travelling from...

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  • Matsumoto Hotel Kagetsu

    Matsumoto Hotels

    It was 12-day stay and enjoyable - its location to main sight-seeing sites is within a few minutes'...

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  • Driving Between Matsumoto & Takayama on...

    Matsumoto Transportation

    Route 361 from Ina to Takayama is a route through the mountains that serves as an alternate to Route 158 between Matsumoto and Takayama. This route is further south and it is over 100 km (about 20 km longer than Route 158). While this route has some very mountainous stretches, overall it is an easier drive than Route 158, and it passes through some...

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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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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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Yudanaka

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  • The Kaiseki Experience

    Yudanaka Restaurants

    At the Kokuya Ryokan, we had elected to take the 'half board' option, to better enjoy the onsen experience. It was a very good option to take, and though expensive, well worth every yen.Dinner was served on a low table, in a private dining alcove. The efficient front desk even provided a reminder to hurry on down - it would take a while to get...

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  • Shimaya Ryokan

    Yudanaka Hotels

    We chose Shimaya as our first stop in the Nagano hinterland on our Snow Monkey expedition. It was a...

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  • Snow Monkey Express

    Yudanaka Transportation

    The private Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄 Nagano Dentetsu) is the best way to get to Yudanaka from Nagano JR station (itself only 90 minutes from Tokyo by shinkansen).The limited express takes only 40 minutes (and costs about 100 Yen more than the slow train which takes a little more than an hour).For timetables, best to...

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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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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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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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Shin-karuisawa

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    Shin-karuisawa Local Customs

    In the valleys of the Japanese alps are many agricultural grounds and for whome is intrested, the local farmers are always willing to explain about there way of farming and soil-use. For example, the inundated ricefields on terraces, but also many other forms growing crops for the masses in the cities. Japan is the number one rice-importing country...

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  • This area is best (maybe only)...

    Shin-karuisawa Transportation

    This area is best (maybe only) to reach by car. Very few railways connect the dense-polpulated Tokyo and other surrounding cities with the Japanese Alps, but roads are there enough.Rental car will bring you anywhere. Busses are scarse, but the network brings you in the smallest villages.

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  • Walking during summertime in...

    Shin-karuisawa Off The Beaten Path

    Walking during summertime in the silent forests of the Japanese mountains can be considered as 'Off the beaten path' for any tourist. The Japanese however know on every holiday to find these spots as being packed in dense-populated cities, they love nature like no-one else.

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