After we saw that about ten of our friends had recently seen snow monkeys, SMS and I decided we wanted to see them too! We took a day trip out to Nagano, which is slightly crazy given the travel time but it's what we had and we made the most of it!
We left a little before 8. We decided to take the trains because we weren't sure what the road conditions would be. Plus, it was nice to break up the travel into segments. We also got to walk around a little on the train so overall, it was very convenient. A little pricy, but convenient.
We took the Keikyu line to Yokohama, the JR Tokaido line to Tokyo station and the Asama Shinkansen to Nagano station. In Nagano, we stopped at Tully's for a coffee before catching the express train on the Nagano Electric Line, otherwise known as the "Snow Monkey Express!" in both Japanese and English announcements.
We arrived at Yudanaka Station and decided to walk to the Snow Monkeys (must be capitalized). The bus was coming in 25 minutes and the sign said it was a 25 minute walk so we decided to see the town and get some exercise. It was also a beautiful day and we had been sitting for the last four or so hours so it was a pretty easy decision.
|Heiwa Kannon- the green tones are from the bronze and not weird glare.|
|Making my way up to 33!|
|Ringing the final bell outside for world peace!|
|Where are all the other people?|
There was one funny/feeling bad moment when I saw a little Japanese toddler with his family enthusiastically waving and smiling at a little baby monkey. The kid was so happy and probably thought it was a stuffed animal come to life. Well, the baby monkey took it poorly and aggressively jumped at the kid, swiping at him. The kid immediately started crying and his Dad picked him up to rescue him. The juxtaposition of the monkey and kid was pretty funny even though I did feel badly for the kid since he was so scared.
|Foot onsens are delightful!|