It is good season for watching autumn leaves around the guesthouse,
and snow covered Japan alps mountains around the tops.
Nowadays, the weather becomes warmer day by day.
It becomes very good for walking or cycling around Azumino.
(They started planting rice)
But, I would like to tell to mountain trekking lovers
that it is still in winter around the top of Japan alps.
These photos were taken in 25th April by Enzanso lodge staffs.
(Enzanso stands at 2700m high, just next to the top of Mt. Tsubakuro)
Until late June, you need to take ice ax, crampons, winter wear, and so on.
Also you need the experience of using them.
I recommend to easygoing trekkers to go to Japan alps mountains
in late July (after rainy “Tsuyu” season), August, or September.
Please be careful for your safety and enjoyable trip!
Start here at 8:35 is my recommendation.
I take you to Akashina station with guesthouse car.
Leaving Akashina at 8:54 ,
arriving Nagano terminal almost 10:00.
Go through the central ticket check, and turn left to east exit.
Go down stairs left side.
Ride the bus stopping at platform no.23 or 24.
(Asking to the bus staff is recommended.)
Leaving Nagano at 10:15.
Arriving “snow monkey park” bus stop at 11:00.
Walking 30 minutes is required from this bus stop.
On the way to the monkey park,
there are many English signs for helping to go.
No need to worry about losing way.
Arriving this gate almost 11:05.
From this gate, the walking way is narrow and slippy.
Sporty shoes are recommended.
Finally, go upstairs and you find the entrance.
500 yen for each person is required.
Some monkeys are welcoming you around the entrance!
And some monkeys are relaxing in the bath!
“How is live camera going on?”
Humans and monkeys are going up on the same slope.
A baby monkey loves his(her?) mother.
After enjoying, go back to the bus stop.
I recommend you to check the departure time of the bus
before you start walking to the park!
I arrived here at 13:00, just departed……..
Of course, I know some happening makes travelling more joyful, right?