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.
Because we want to keep it real here – this is what the Onsen looks like from a little further away:
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: