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Feb 18, 2014 - Best skiing ever!

Yesterday was another big traveling day. We originally planned to take a bus from Tokyo to Hakuba, but due to the snow storms the busses weren't running. Lots of people were stuck in Tokyo just waiting for the bus to start again. Thankfully we hadn't bought tickets, so we decided to take the more expensive option of the bullet train from Tokyo station.  The next challenge we had was to figure out how on earth would we get three bags, two carry on bags and two kids into a packed train from Shinjuku to Tokyo station to get the bullet train....

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May 18, 2010 - Nagano, Matsumoto and Yudanaka

Central Honshu, Japan : Nagano, Matsumoto and Yudanaka - Temples, A Castle and some Monkey Business ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 15 May 2010 Nagano (population 377,000), in Central Honshu, is the capital of the prefecture and I used it as my base to visit two nearby places. Nagano certainly doesn`t feel like a city of 377,000 souls, at least not the bit I am in. I arrive fresh from my 16-hour ride from Sapporo to Tokyo and my 82 minute...

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May 16, 2010 - Nagano and the Zenko-ji Legends

"Can you tell me where I can get English newspapers?", I ask the girl in the Newsday convenience store on the square in front of Nagano station. She looks at her colleague, hesitating to try her English. Then she motions me to follow her and we walk outside and up the stairs back to the station entrance. It is not the first time people go out of there way to help me find something. We walk into the hall and she heads straight to another Newsday shop and with a broad smile points me to where the English newspapers are. I thank her and pick...

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May 25, 2006 - Nagano (06/04/06)

Nagano (Jeux Olympiques d'hiver 1998) est connue pour ses stations de ski au coeur des Alpes Japonaises mais aussi pour son complexe de temples qui domine la ville. Die Stadt Nagano (Olympische Winterspiele 1998) ist bekannt für ihre Skigebiete im Zentrum der Japanischen Alpen, aber auch für ihren Tempelkomplex, der die Stadt überragt.

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Oct 19, 2005 - Saku, Nagano

Day 1: After a weekend of orientation in San Francisco, we set out for Tokyo, Japan. The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program comprises of two hundred school teachers from all 50 states, ranging from teachers in their early twenties to teachers in their sixties. Various age levels and subjects are taught and we are all here to learn about the culture, school system, and government of Japan. Once we arrived and checked into the New Otani Hotel, Fulbright alumni took small groups out for dinner and conversation in the bustling,...

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Oct 18, 2005 - Togakushi - Ninjas and Cedars

K: We went on a day trip from Nagano to Togakushi to walk the cedar lined path up to Okusha shrine but decided to stop of at a museum first, because it included a section on Ninjas. The area used to the stronghold of a powerful Ninja clan. We saw losts of photos of Ninjas in action as well as some of their equipment but the best thing was another building that had been turned into a Ninja house with a maze of secret passages and rooms to try and find your way through. Unfortunately, Ben and I had to cheat a little to get out as it was a bit...

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