Japan: Snow Monkeys & Nagano

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Sadly, this will be my last Japan post. I loved reliving all of those memories and of course I’ve saved the best for last. This was by far my favorite part of Japan. I probably should have stuck to the countryside – it’s just what I love about exploring foreign countries. And when the countryside comes with wild animals – well, count me in ;). We took a bullet train up to Nagano, then another train to Yudanaka and a taxi up to the monkey park. It was a super long journey from Tokyo, but I really wanted to see those monkeys and I would definitely say it was worth it. I was very surprised to find that the monkeys weren’t really wild at all. They’re actually quite used to humans. They didn’t look like they felt disturbed by the presence of hundreds of tourists anymore. You just shouldn’t try to touch them, but that’s common sense when it comes to wild animals.

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2016-02-22, Snow Monkey Tour und Nagano (46) After we left the monkey park we gladly had a little time left before heading back to Tokyo and got to explore the town of Nagano a little bit. This area seems to be well-known for Soba noodles – there were Soba noodle manufacturers everywhere:

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Japan: Hakone {Mt. Komagatake & Lake Ashi}

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I have two more posts coming up from when we ventured out of Tokyo and explored the japanese countryside. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m not a city person, so both day trips made me beyond happy and made me hungry for our upcoming adventures.

So one day, after we had been cooped up in our tiny hotel room due to some heavy rain, we spontaneously decided to go on a little tour down to Hakone. We visited Lake Ashi (which reminded me a lot of the Norwegian fjords) and took the gondola up Mt. Komagatake. It’s definitely been an incredible place to be. Especially the Shrine on top of the mountain. On a clear day we would have been able to see Mt. Fuji, but it was pretty overcast. Just being up there was a pretty unique experience anyway.
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Tokyo Pt. IV: Analog edition

Tokyo on film Tokyo on filmWhenever I had Tokyo on my mind, the weeks that led up to our trip, I imagined myself exploring cute little streets with my Canon AE-1. It’s my favorite travel companion – apart from my husband of course ;). It just makes exploring so much easier than my big camera. It’s so small that it hardly attracts attention and because it’s a film camera and film is so freakin’ expensive,  I’m hardly tempted to just snap away and just discover the world through my viewfinder. Don’t get me wrong – I love photography and I love experimenting with my gear, but especially when traveling it can get quite distracting. After all I don’t travel to get the perfect shot – I just like seeing new places. Definitely bringing this little camera with me on my future trips. Can’t wait to use it in Canada!

So here’s my last Tokyo post – this time just random snaps all over town – all from my film camera :). Enjoy!

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