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Nagano

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  • Snow Monkey Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nagano Things to Do

    A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park near Nagano is a good day trip, but can be done in around half a day depending on where you are staying. After several trips to the park, in different seasons, there are a few things to be aware of that might make the trip more enjoyable. - Getting there: I use the bus and walk rather thanthe train/bus/walk...

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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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  • Yamaguchiya

    Nagano Restaurants

    Using the "Restaurant Guide - Yamanouchi Town" we picked up at the ryokan, we found some restaurants within walking distance from where we stayed. The ryokan owner, Mr Yumoto, pointed out and recommended this restaurant to us. The place is run by an old couple, very tiny establishment but the food is delicious and cheap! I ordered the Tempura...

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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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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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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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  • Uematsuya Ryokan

    Ueda Hotels

    1628 Bessho Onsen, Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, 386-1431, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • 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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Yudanaka

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  • The monkeys are thieves

    Yudanaka Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful with your glasses, camera or something in your pockets. Monkeys even go to the village to rob food or whatever they can find interesting. The monkey of the picture is observing the village looking for something to rob through an open window,

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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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  • 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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Kyu-karuisawa

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Takato

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  • Pink, pink, pink

    Takato General

    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 General

    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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