Just Another Morning of Commute, Part 2 Another morning with a foot of snow fell overnight, a local snow clearer getting busy from before-dawn for us to be able to drive through these roads. It is quite a common sight to see in the morning in snowy regions of Japan. In case you have not … More JAPOW! Part5
El Nino or La Nina, or which month? El Nino or La Nina? Global Warming. The affect of human activities on the ocean currents and the atmosphere. It’s controversial. I know some agree with these theories and some others don’t. But in this post, I go along with the idea that this is true, solely … More When to visit Japan in winter?
Just another morning in Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan. The key to the survival in this kind of snowy region in Japan, Clear snow off your car the night before when you know it’s gonna snow overnight! Otherwise you’ll end up spending looooong time the morning digging your car out of snow and get it going. You’ll … More JAPOW! Part 2
This could be the hardest challenge you face while travelling in Japan Or even before setting your foot on the soil, over the internet while organising your trip. You may even forget about hiring a car when you can travel around the whole country by trains and buses. Why is it so hard? I just … More A nightmare of renting a car in Japan
The Only Place in Yudanaka to exchange to Yen Japan is such a “Cash Society” Like many other Asian countries where you need to carry a wad of cash in your wallet or pocket. Credit Card payments are not as readily available as other Western countries. Like New Zealand, that I live, all the payments … More Foreign Currency Exchange in Yudanaka
When Japan’s decided to snow in full force… I just want to get something behind this mound of snow… Enjoy the video!
Ryuoo Ski Park Up Close Today’s Phrase Ryuoo Ski Park 竜王スキーパーク = Pronounced as more like Liu-Oh
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Warming up from your feet What is it? In most of Onsen towns, you will find so-called “Public Foot Baths”. Those are the place where you soak just your feet in (most cases) running hot water in public setting. Link to Wikipedia in English for detailed explanation of what they are. Why? Basically because it warms … More Foot Bath 足湯
Kaede No Yu 楓の湯 In Yudanaka, this is the closest Onsen to the station. It actually sits right behind the station. Entry Fee: ¥300 for Adult, ¥150 for Kids (Up to 12 years old I think) Open: 10am – 8:30pm Closed: The 1st Monday every month So once you walk in, there is a locker … More Nearest Onsen from Yudanaka Station
4 things you should know if you are thinking about skiing or snowboarding for the first time Please skip this article if you are familiar with skiing or snowboarding. This post contains the very basic explanation for visiting ski resorts intended for beginners. So Japanese winter is quite famous throughout the world nowadays. For the … More For those who have never seen snow before