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Nagano

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  • Day11

    Towards Nagano

    September 2, 2017 in Japan

    It's 188 km from Kawaguchiko to Nagano, which is a long day's drive on the general roads. The mountains are a constant backdrop to the day even when I'm stuck in Saturday traffic. Plenty of 7-11 stores along the way for pitstops and stretching.
    Towards 10:30 I stop at a rest area which is an RV park. At first glance it's not impressive, but as I walk through it I warm to it greatly. There's a cable car and a pond with catfish and ducks, all jockeying for position should some scraps come their way. It would be a great lunch stop but it's sadly too early in the day. The first 3 photos come from this area.
    It's busy in the centre of Nagano when I cruise in. I end up parking in a multi-story car park, which takes ages as we have to wait for cars to exit first.
    My hotel room is typically small and has views to the south east (4th photo). I've looked online for Nagano restaurants and have found a Teppanyaki restaurant within 200 metres. It's menu is also online so I'm able to translate it.
    When I walk there I find there's a girlie bar next to the lift I am taking. Distracting. On the 9th floor the head waiter tells me it will take around 2 hours to go through all the courses. It actually takes 90 minutes. I'm really there for the 160 gms Australian beef but sit through the other courses. They present challenges as I dodge the croutons in the salad and try to work out how to eat a prawn with chopsticks. I end up just using my hands, which works for me. The chef gives me a cue for the photo ops, all in all a good night.
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  • Day36

    Zenkoji Temple

    September 2, 2015 in Japan

    המקדש הוא אוצר לאומי בן 1400 שנים והאטרקציה המרכזית בנאגאנו.

    בניגוד למקדשים יפנים אחרים, זנקוג'י תמיד היה פתוח גם לנשים. אני כבר אוהבת אותו :)

    המקום מושך אליו המון עולים לרגל ואומרים שזה מקום שכל יפני חולם לבקר בו לפחות פעם בחיים - ובצדק. הקומפלקס הענק של המקדש ממש ממש יפה.

    בדרך למקדש יש שדרה מקסימה שמלאה בחנויות קטנות שמוכרות פחות או יותר הכל. אחרי השדרה עוברים דרך שער ניומון שמשגיחים עליו שני שומרים חסונים, אחריו שורה ארוכה של ג'יזו-שומרות ובסופה מחכה לנו ההיכל המרכזי והמרשים של המקדש - הונדו.

    חוץ מהונדו יש עוד דיי הרבה מקדשים קטנים יותר אך מרשימים לא פחות ששווה להתעכב בהם.

    בכל האזור מסתובבים נזירים חייכניים שמשוועים למקום תחושה אותנטית. יש גם לא מעט שוקובו (מקדשים שאפשר לישון בהם, כמו בקויה-סאן) על השדרה המובילה למקדש.
    אם הייתי יודעת מראש הייתי נשארת באחד...

    ביקור חובה.
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  • Day12

    Driving in Japan

    September 3, 2017 in Japan

    Road rules are very similar to those in Australia, and it's definitely a plus that they also drive on the left side. That said, there are a few observations to be made.
    Roundabouts and one way streets. These don't seem to exist, although it's possible that I've gone the wrong way down a one way street. Unlikely as it would be signposted. I wonder what Japanese drivers make of roundabouts when they drive here?
    Road maintenance men. They are the matadors of the road, brandishing red flags to stop traffic and white flags with elaborate gestures for traffic to continue.
    Speeding. Everyone speeds outside of the cities. Some speed limits are definitely too low. If you want to drive at or under the speed limit, be prepared to be tailgated by a convoy. I drive to the conditions and see what other drivers are doing. There are speed cameras so I rely on their local knowledge.
    Rain. The roads don't seem to have adequate drainage so there are many MANY puddles when it rains. Large trucks coming the other way can create a tsunami that lands squarely on the windscreen.
    Road etiquette. Drivers are quite polite and unagressive. I haven't seen any road rage, I don't think it's in the national character. Quite a relief for me as they tend to be tolerant of my driving!
    Toll roads. These are prohibitively expensive, potentially 50AUD for 200 km. Fortunately both Google Maps and the car GPS support route editing to exclude toll roads. I inadvertently found myself on one the other day and I had to make a U-turn quite sharpish.
    Tunnels. If you're wanting to drive through scenic countryside, then you will encounter many tunnels. The longest I've driven through would be around 2km. How much money do they spend on infrastructure here?
    Hazard lights. Turn these on if you need to street park. Leave your car there as long as you like, even if you're blocking traffic.
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  • Day8

    Okonomiyaki

    February 24, 2017 in Japan

    Tonight we ventured to Akibitei Okonomiyaki for dinner. This is a local restaurant which serves Okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes) and Yakisoba (stir fried noodles).

    What a treat. Saito-san, the owner and chef is a lovely man who cooks the dinner in front of you. It was absolutely delicious, quick and cheap!

    This place was off the beaten track a bit (we found it using a restaurant guide produced by one of the local tour providers) but well worth the walk. A quaint, non-assuming building with simple interiors. Thoroughly enjoyable and we think we'll be back before we leave.

    Also, it was a clear night tonight and we could actually see the stars!
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  • Day8

    Second Day Skiing

    February 24, 2017 in Japan

    It snowed all of last night resulting in around an extra 15cm of snow on the mountain. Despite snow continuing throughout most of the day it was a great day on the slopes. Visibility was essentially unimpeded for the most part and very little wind.

    No lesson again today (weather permitting we will have one tomorrow) however feeling a lot more confident. We have essentially skied every green run (easy) and have started on some red runs (intermediate/blue). Sally thinks I'm getting better also.

    No stacks from either of us today. Though I awkwardly fell over when not moving at the top of a slope much to Sally's delight.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Nagano, ながの, Нагано

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