Shibu Onsen Day 6 (22 Feb 2017)

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Woke up early and saw this nice sunrise view from my room. Didn’t want to leave as I really liked it here D; but its time to head to my next destination, Shibu Onsen!

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Nice view from top floor in hotel at dining hall.

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Arranged for my hotel to send me to the Kusatsu bus station to take the above bus to Naganohara – Kusatsu-guchi Station.

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Bus stop outside Naganohara – Kusatsu-guchi Station. 

Took a train Ltd Exp Kusatsu from Naganohara – Kusatsu-guchi to Takasaki.

Then took shinkansen from Takasaki to Nagano

And finally took Nagano Electric Railway Ltd Exp to Yudanaka.

1 word to sum the whole journey

Long

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Had a nice journey to Yudanaka, sat at the back of the train and was treated to the super wide windows for the good scenery viewing.

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Arrived at Yudanaka and there were volunteer English guides around helping foreigners having difficulties and giving out printed guides as well. Only afterwards then I realised the volunteers was from a Local English Class aimed at practicing their English by interacting and helping us at the same time.

Went to the visitor center and they were able to help phone my accommodation to pick me up.

Checked in and dropped my luggage off and went to walk around the town.

A nice traditional town, was peaceful and quiet. Many people were walking around in their Yukata and Geta (wooden elevated slippers) visiting the public onsens that it was famous for.

*Do note only certain accommodations had key access for their guest to visit all 9 public baths (all of them are locked) so if that is what your aiming to do in this town do check with your ryokan first* 

The one I stayed in didn’t have access to all 9 public baths but only 1 of them which was just a 30 second walk away.

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A nice traditional town, was peaceful and quiet. Many people were walking around in their Yukata and Geta (wooden elevated slippers) visiting the public onsens that it was famous for.

*Do note only certain accommodations had key access for their guest to visit all 9 public baths (all of them are locked) so if that is what your aiming to do in this town do check with your ryokan first* 

The one I stayed in didn’t have access to all 9 public baths but only 1 of them which was just a 30 second walk away.

5 of the 9 Public baths

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Koishiya Ryokan, where I stayed.

Koishiya Ryokan is not exactly the traditional style you will get elsewhere but more of a hostel/ryokan. It is run by young adults with a restaurant & bar on the first floor and the rooms on the second and third floor.

Don’t be put off by it though, they had wonderful service and served superb food! The staffs were all friendly and nice. A few of them had a good command of English too.

They had private tatami rooms but for the single traveler me, I opt the dorm room which had bunk beds. I stayed for 3 nights here and 2 nights I was alone in the room which was a big bonus!

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Dining Area with nice deco

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Shiga kogen beer brewed pork belly stew with potato mash

One of the best meal I had this trip hands down. I could totally do with 2 plates of this with a big bowl of steaming hot rice for my dinner.

After dinner went to take a walk again for some night shots before crashing for the day.

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