JAPOW! Part3

It’s not unusual for you to see locals clearing snow in front of their properties using this type of small snow prowlers in the snowy region of Japan.

I do want one if I ever live in a place like Yamanouchi.

So cool, aye!

Enjoy the video.

Obuse town 小布施

A little excursion away from Yudanaka

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In my opinion, you need half day (2-4 hours) for this.

Where is it?

Obuse 小布施 is a very small town, 10km Southwest of Yudanaka.

How to get there?

It’s 20min train ride on an Express Train from Yudanaka.

Fare= ¥690 (¥590 Normal Fare + ¥100 Express Train Fee)

There is an express train, either Snow Monkey スノーモンキー or Yukemuri ゆけむり pretty much every hour from Yudanaka Station.

Here’s the Link to Nagaden Timetable

Things To Do

This is a very small town with many traditionally-built wooden houses confined in a small area.

Also famous as a region to produce chestnut, Kuri くり in Japanese. So you will see lots of sweet shops used locally produced chestnuts.

Also, I found 2 Sake Breweries in this town if you are into it.

Masuichi Ichimura 桝一市村酒造場

Inside they have a small bar counter where you can try their sake.

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Matsubaya Honten 松葉屋本店 (Their website is only in Japanese)

This place was purely for retail and didn’t see any tasting area nor service.

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There was also a wine shop called “St Cousair” where I could try bit of wine tasting for ¥400/glass. I tried a white wine called, “Niagara Blanc” which is very sweet and muscat like. In here they also sell lots of Tomato based products, spices, cheese pasta and jams.

I think the owner has been heavily influenced by France/Italy and you can easily see that once you go inside.

St Cousair (Their website is in Japanese only)

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What I have been told is that in Nagano there has been a surge of new vineyards for the last 10-20 years.

In the past it was too cold to grow grapes in this part of Japan, but along with Global Warming and improvements on modifying grape seeds there has been multiple small vineyards springing up in this region.

You’ll never know, Nagano could be a major destination for wine tourism in near future.

So if you have a bit of time available in your hands, a little break from skiing or snowboarding, or on a rainy day, it could be an option to explore a bit more in this region.

See you next time.

Today’s Phrase

Osake Wa Oisi Desu お酒は美味しいです=Sake tastes good.

Yes that’s so true! Keep trying!

Where is Yudanaka?

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So here’s a google map to show you where that is.

It is about 250kms of driving North from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, or about 3 and half hours by trains if you have a good connection in between, including around 1 hour and 40 min 新幹線 “Bullet Train” ride from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station.

From Nagano Station, it is just under 1 hour to Yudanaka by an Express Train run by 長電 “Nagaden”.

It is a gateway to; Snow Monkeys, Numeral Hot Spring places, Skiing in Ryuoo Ski Park and Shiga Kougen.

Lots of small hot springs around here that you enjoy, although you need to undress naked inside, these are not “hot spa” with your swimsuits on. A real Japanese style, not for a faint hearted I’d say…

Otherwise it is a very tranquil small farming town with orchards and rice paddy, a typical ruck Japanese town.

I hope you will have a good stay in this town!

-Today’s phrase-

Yudanaka E Youkoso ゆだなかへようこそ = Welcome to Yudanaka!

Listen to this and practice!