Hakuba Nagano

This year in February I and a few friends spent four weeks in Japan. It’s always hard to sum up a long trip in a few sentenses in anything other than “it was fanstastic”.

Travelling with some friends we spent our first two weeks in Hakuba, Nagano for a snowboarding trip. Best snow I have ever experienced, best runs, best people and best friends! From here we visited the cities of Kanazawa’s old samurai area, Matsumoto to see the ‘Crow Castle’ or properly known as Matstumoto-jo. We also did fun things like visit the snow monkey park, found an abandoned pachinko parlor, went to an Onsen, dinners at an Izakaya and several snowboarded at as many ski resorts in the region as we could.

I have split the trip up into two main sections, Hakuba – Nagano and Tokyo to Hiroshima – its easier that way.

 

Our street in Hakuba in Meitetsu forest

Creek house

man hole cover

shrine - Hakuba

Shrine - Hakuba

Hakuba viewvending machine and sake barrels

roadside

Shinto Shrine

Horse

ski buddha

Lanterns

Kanazawa samurai area

Samurai Armour

Kanazawa - Nomura House

Kanazawa - Nomura House

Tina

Yum!

green tea and bean paste treat

GarthKanazawa samurai areafunny frogs

Contemporary Kanazawa

Contemporary Kanazawa

Contemporary Kanazawaa stern warning about smoking in publicGarthGarth

road trippingFish in the moatMatsumoto-jo - Crow Castle

Matsumoto-jo - Crow CastleMatsumoto-jo - Crow Castlethe boys met a samurai

so did the girls

Matsumoto-jo - Crow Castle

Matsumoto-jo - Crow Castle

somewhere near Nozawa

walking to the snow monkey park

walking to the snow monkey park

walking to the snow monkey park

walking to the snow monkey park

monkey feet

Human Onsen next to snow monkey park

walking to the snow monkey park

Snow Monkey

Snow Monkeys in their Onsen

Baby monkey

Snow Monkeys in their Onsen

Snow Monkeys in their Onsen

Snow Monkeys in their Onsen

Baby monkey

Monkey looks hot

Monkey hand

Snow Monkeys in their Onsen

Tina and the monkeys

Snow Monkey chillin'

Paparazzi

Snow Monkeys

Shinto Shrine

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

Abandoned Pachinko Parlour

some gambling warnings

kids area - outside

Loudly snoring JR worker

sleepy

always working

napping

on our way to Tokyo

on our way to Tokyo

Boys

Skills: Japan