Today nosotros joined our adept friends, the Kever’s, for a trip to Nagano (host of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games) to run across the famed snowfall monkeys together with also Matsumoto Castle. We rented a van from the base, consummate amongst TWO drivers this time. It actually is a prissy perk to base of operations living! Upon arrival inwards the snowy picayune town (about iv hours away), our van got stuck on the ice. Luckily, the guys were able to force us dorsum to drier ground. Off to a keen start!
Here is our van.
It is a adept matter nosotros brought the ski clothes!
We haven’t seen snowfall withal inwards Tokyo, hence the kids were beyond excited!
There is a thirty infinitesimal walk to run across the monkeys along a really snowy, but beautiful trail.
Taking a break.
We definitely establish winter!
Such beautiful scenery.
When yous hit the park, the monkey’s are literally correct side past times side to you. There are no enclosures or cages, this is where they alive inwards the wild. It was hence fun to see. They are non scared of humans, but tin larn aggressive amongst food, hence yous cannot feed them.
They merely huddled upwards together to remain warm.
There was also a lovely waterfall.
We were able to larn upwards closed together with personal amongst this one!
And together with then nosotros got to their onsen, or, hot springs. These monkeys honey to sit down inwards the hot springs to remain warm. Can yous blame them?!
We loved watching them!
After a quick interruption for hot chocolate, nosotros headed to Matsumoto Castle.
This magnificent edifice is the castle! Built almost 400 years ago.
The samurai inhabited the 2d floor, together with all the picayune windows were designed for gunfire, together with protecting the castle. The nation of war lord stayed on the overstep floor.
We fifty-fifty got to larn inside. The forest operate was amazing! It was besides black within to accept pics, but here is 1 of the kids looking out the window. We all had to accept off our shoes together with seat on particular slippers inside.
H5N1 room amongst a view.
The kids are similar stone stars over here! This girls basketball game squad was also touring the castle together with they shrieked “kawaii, kawaii” (cute) when they saw the kids. Outside they were getting a grouping photograph together with I asked for 1 more, when the kids joined them, they all cheered. It was hence funny!
This is my Knight inwards Shining Armor, my Prince Charming together with the King of my castle!
Another keen (but really cold!) day!