Snow Monkey’s Come to Nagano Cinema’s 9/1!

August 6th, 2011 by
Category: Events, Information

Watch the worlds’ most interesting animal scenes when you come to see the Snow Monkeys.

The BBC’s latest Movie  “LIFE” (http://youtu.be/IBws4yj7W1A)

First showing SEPTEMBER 1st.

Local picture theatres give a special rate of 1000JPY

You can watch in from Ueda Station (one stop before Nagano on Shinkansen) at TOHO Cinema

or Nagano Station at Grand Cinema, on your way to Yudanaka Station to see the real Snow Monkeys.

See here for more TOHO Cinema information (http://www.tohotheater.jp/)

or Grand Cinema Nagano here (http://www.grandcinemas.net/)

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Shigakogen 50km Trail Run

August 4th, 2011 by
Category: Events, Experience, Information, Outdoor Activities

For information visit the PowerSports OSJ webpage

Nagano mountains are....beautiful

Nagano mountains are....beautiful

“BANZAI BANZAI BANZAI”
Clouds parted after torrential rain moments before – 7hours30minutes into the race… feelings of conradmanship & luck.
Just happy to be there.
This time Lake Onuma, but many other rewarding places waiting for you around Nagano, Mount Asama & Shigakogen, the Northern Alps.
This event was almost completely un-advertisied but still 400 participants:
Hope to see more of you running & walking in Nagano soon^-^
Around 20 new friends & 4 toe-nails later…it was amazing.
Better than NZ Ironman, or Obuse Marathon (which is also great fun – see here)

For more information about hikes around Shigakogen ask the Guide-KUMIAI (registered guides) at 98 Hall – Olympic Memorial & Conservation Center (see Tylers entry)

Uotoshi-Miyasaka Family Archery amazing!!

December 12th, 2010 by
Category: Information
archery
KANDO-SHIMASHITA
It moved me..
ARIGATO
Thankyou…
That’s about all there is to say about Miyasaka-sensei’s introduction to Kyudo -Archery from generations ago.
Miyasaka-san told us more about the heart of Japan, than you could learn in 20years working here…
Usually it’s just one Miyaska0-san giving a talk which is something special,
today we were lucky enough to see a whole band come together,
first time for me & feel quite privileged. – Thank you
To watch it yourself visit Ryokan Uotoshi – Miyaska-san.

Night & Day: First Snow for Snow Monkeys 2010-11

December 12th, 2010 by
Category: Information, Onsens (Hot Springs)

A sudden snow fall in Yamanouchi that night, meant a cold but dry night for the animals in forest, and a soundless frozen play ground for visitors to Shigakogen & Jigokudani…

The loneliness of Yudanaka Station glowing against pure white silence,
made my heart throb…

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monkey-park-sign

Young friends, the Falconers honed in on each other in what wasn’t much short of snow-ice ball war…after one hit in the leg…a little too close to the danger zone and enough for me..

Interesting to see the snow monkey more interesting in hot morning soup rather than a hot morning swim, dryness an issue?

Life goes on for Yamanouchi…

first-monkey-down
A sudden snow fall in Yamanouchi that night, meant a cold but dry night for the animals in forest,  and a soundless frozen play ground for visitors to Shigakogen & Jigokudani…

Young friends, the Falconers honed in on each other in what wasn’t much short of snow-ice ball war…after one hit in the leg…a little too close to the danger zone and enough for me..
Interesting to see the snow monkey more interesting in hot morning soup rather than a hot morning swim, dryness an issue?
Life goes on for Yamanouchi…
The natural beauty of a village with no name…I understand the attraction.

Nothing like Fresh Bread & Fresh Snow….at 2300m!!

November 24th, 2010 by
Category: Accomodations, Cuisine, Culture Art, Experience, Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing
Day started out at Kumanoyu Hotspring by charging up toShibu-ike at 1800m which had half frozen over…
Shibu -ike
My mission was to find a snow shoe course for the coming winter…
possibly here?
Big hoof print
and it was late, there was already enough snow for snow shoeing!!
And check out the size of these hoof prints on the way!!
Animal holes
There were no human prints along the way, but a highway for our furry friends –Duckdeer, rabbits, tanukisnow-monkeys & bears
Trail still visible
after a big climb (for me atleast) of 3.5hrs up to Summit of Mt. Yokote,  it was awesome to have the welcoming party below^-^.
Shigakogen-Yokote is Japan’s highest skifield by around 500m, meaning the 2nd Longest Ski season on Earth…I should have known better and taken ski’s…
Yokote bakery
Husky welcome^-^
Husky greeting
Hot cocoa & specially made bread, the warm fire, furry friends and talk about backcountrygetting lostavalanche & rescue inside with Takaso-san made my little adventure something to remember.
yokote bakery dream bread!!
Yokote Summit Hutt Bakery would have to be my favorite place to stay in Japan.
Fire place !!!
Very spectacular picture
With Yokote views like the one above,
and below (which a guest took)…maybe you can understand?  Great place for cultural exchange, photography, amateur radioskiing & snowboarding
Not my pic , but beautiful!!
Very harsh place to live for the Takaso family,
Welcoming party
but unbeatable snow – the silkiest driest powder I’ve ever seen.
This deep on yokote today
Can you understand the feeling?
Yokote feeling

Nagano Skiing Starts Nov 18 at Kumanoyu & Riverside Hotel Guides out training.

November 23rd, 2010 by
Category: Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics

No chance to head up hill on first day,

but today was still a great first day to my ski season at Kumanoyu Skifield!

Kumanoyu Open!!
熊の湯スキー場オペン!!
美味しい空気を吸うながら、ツルツル滑って、。。。最高の気持ちだった。
Super snow conditions
Perfect snow cover – great sunshine.
Warm up lesson

Real nice characters who work at Shigakogen’s Riverside Hotel – makes you want to take a lesson!!
Riverside Instructors

Kids soak up fresh snow and sun!!

November 21st, 2010 by
Category: Information, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics
Yes!!
On Kumanoyu Skifield again today:
A mixed day out, with 3 ‘Snow Monkeys’…
Here I go!!
Super sunshine…and many smiles, a few tears
Big kids too
and after day had finished “Kyo-wa tanoshi-katta ne”
– “Today was fun wasn’t it” – is what one daughter told me…so I guess it was tanoshi-katta = fun^-^
We’ll have to take it one step at a time, and see how the season goes.
For more information about Shigakogen Ski & Board & kids activities checkout Shigakogen-Collective Site or assorted links here

Nagano Fireflys

June 18th, 2010 by
Category: Experience, Information, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing

Things are heating up down in the valleys, and all that heat is starting to trigger mountain plants & insects into life…you might even say ‘orgasm’: It’s what makes the fruit grow so much bigger here than my New Zealand, Australia, the US & Canada or the UK.

An interesting insect that is being seen around the Snow Monkey’s now is ‘Hotaru’ fireflys.
If you decide to stay in Yamanouchi or different parts of Nagano, you might be lucky enough to see these…

Firefly's at Shibu-Onsen, Snow Monkey Village - Yudanaka,

Fire flys will be flying June to August, and a little later further up the mountains.

For more information contact Zeno at Ryokan Kokuya, Midori Takefushi at Suminoyu, Sho at the Infomation Center or me (only if food or drinks invloved^-^)

For a map click here

Fukushi Festival so much fun

May 31st, 2010 by
Category: Cuisine, Culture Art, Events, Seasonal Topics, Sightseeing

Had a good family day out, and saw many Yudanaka locals.

Making mochi

From Making mochi-rice to entertaining the crowd that gathered…

Great to see the 1000 or so people that got together to support the Welfare Center’s gala day.

The Welfare center is located just below Yudanaka Station (see map) or see Yama-no-uchi Webpage

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