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  • Day4

    Nagano

    January 26, 2016 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ -2 °C

    Took the shinkansen from Tokyo and headed to Nagano. Dumped out luggage in a coin locker in the station and went sightseeing for a bit.

    Walked around and ended up at Zenko-ji temple. This town basically grew around this temple, so it is a prominent landmark.

    Temples are okay, but what you should be looking for here is oyaki. Oyaki is a vegetable or red bean stuffed dumpling which “skin” is made from fermented buckwheat. It is a Nagano speciality. I went to this traditional oyaki shop, where they cook the oyaki above the fire-pit right in front of you. These tasty treats make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside especially in the cold winter months.Read more