Seishi was driving, so I got to take pictures along the way. My "from the moving car" pictures do not usually turn out well, but I couldn't resist trying.
Taken at a stoplight as we entered the town of Yudanaka.
Another public bath. This one seems a little larger.
On the way out. It doesn't seem to have many passengers.
This sign says "Watch for snow sliding off the roof!"
This inn made special effort to accomodate my gluten sensitivity. Seishi got soba noodles which are a specialty in this area. They made noodles for me from nagaimo, a type of mountain potato. They were so good! I want to try to make them myself.
Desert. The rose was edible too, but was a little astringent.
An irori at the entrance to our hallway.
The mountains were so pretty, but were often partially obstructed by fences of one sort or another. This one is through a fence.
One of the first things I noticed as we got to the inn were these pretty paper lanterns in the lobby.
A hostel with a bit of a different flavor.
A tourist, waiting for something or someone. the town seems to have a few establishments that have gone out of business.
This is another public bath supplied to town residents by the inn where we were staying.
Seishi got shabushabu, cooked in soy sauce, and I got steak and grilled corn. The steak was "wagyu" I am sure. It was so tender and tasty.
Breakfast - way too much food!
The clouds overhead were threatening rain or snow, but fortunately they didn't obscure the mountains.
As soon as we checked into the inn, we headed out for a walk to catch the last light. It was overcast and already getting dark, so not the best conditions for photography.
A temple. I am not sure of the meaning of these poles, but it seems to be a bit of a custom in Nagano prefecture. Seishi has seen them in nearby areas as well.
A fire hydrant. This one has been extended a foot higher than usual, probably because of snow in the winter.
A double exposure of the room where we stayed.
Carrots, squashi, icicle radish and muchrooms, cooked in a broth.
Even the light fixtures in our room were pretty hand made paper lanterns.
Our breakfast. The steamer held steamed vegetables and fish cakes. The glass had yogurt drink and the covered bowl had freshly made steamed tofu.
There were public hot spring baths all over the town. This is a one person bath. it residents of the town have a card key they use to get in. They write their name and time they will finish on the chalk board so the next person will know when it will be free. There is a list of rules written on the outside wall.