Sengataki Waterfall in Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – We are in Shosenkyo yet again but this time we will be walking on a cold day. We are looking forward to a fun of day, but before cracking on we decided to charge our batteries at Sengataki waterfall (30m), was formed by upheaval of the earth. We also chilled among the temple and restaurants. Stay tuned, plenty more to come very soon!

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Museum of Shadowgraph in Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – We arrived in Shosenkyo to Museum of Shadowgraph on a very special. We are so happy and drying to tell you all about it.. In the meantime, here are some photos of the museum. We cannot stop falling in love with Shosenkyo, we enjoy its bridges, panorama-dai and museum, coffee shop terraces and it’s magical light.

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Japanese Lunch at Houtou Kaikan, Shosenkyo

Thetraveljunkie.org – To grab a bite with friends, and as per someone’s recommendation, we headed to Houtou Kaikan in Shosenkyo. The hoto is delicious and the decor so gorgeous that it’s practically impossible not to into the best Japanese cuisine. The Houtou Kaikan offers a variety of seasonal dishes featuring the local specialty hoto noodles, the delicious embodiment of the local culture of the Kai region and the perfect culinary companion to the scenic beauty of Shosen Gorge.

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Autumn In Shosenkyo, Japan

Thetraveljunkie.org – As soon as we got to Karuizawa we left our cases and went to Shosenkyo, where about 3 hours later, we came across one of the most beautiful places that we’ve ever seen, Shosenkyo Gorge outside central Kofu City, one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges. It is part of the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, which covers more than 1250 square kilometers of forested mountains, valleys and some rural towns in the prefectures of Yamanashi, Saitama, Nagano and Tokyo.

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Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Centre

Thetraveljunkie.org – Hello from Karuizawa! We are over the moon to be writing from one of our favourite cities in the world, “the city of dreams”, said John Lennon and Yoko Onno. Where else could We attended a ski class at Karuizawa Prince Hotel Ski Centre for the first time ever, and although one of us was better than the other, we enjoyed the adrenaline, the sense of freedom and relax. Three sensations which summarise our perception of luxury.

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Welcome Dinner at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West

Thetraveljunkie.org – We had a welcome dinner party at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel West. The atmosphere was formal, humble, simple, minimal and modern. I have no special dietary requirements, only that I want to eat really good food. I like to try a bit of everything and most times I don’t know what to choose… so I am absolutely happy to trust the chef and eat whatever he creates.

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Autumn in the Ruins of Komoro Castle, Nagano

Thetraveljunkie.org – One of the things that we like most about autumn is going for the ruins of Komoro Castle, one of the 100 famous castles of Japan. Utilizing the natural geography, the castle was built in a uniquely narrow area in relation to the town. We love spending some time around different spots near Nagano before the first snow starts to fall. The warm days and cool nights create especially vivid colors in the foliage.

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Enjoy Apple-Picking at Matsui Farm, Komoro

Thetraveljunkie.org – Autumn is our favourite season, we love spending the evenings walking around the Matsui Farm (Komoro City), a bountiful autumn harvest with apple-picking and barbeque. Expect to find local farmers selling their produce – a real festival of colours, smells and flavours! In the cool highland breeze at the foot of Mt. Asama is one of the prefecture’s largest apple orchards.

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Lunch Like A Japanese at Oginoya, Annaka

Thetraveljunkie.org – The Oginoya was one of our great discoveries on the way to Komoro. It’s a really Japanese restaurant with a charming atmosphere on the first floor on the corner of souvenirs. The miso soup was delicious and the rest… we can’t remember what it was. You have to order your food by looking at photos or Kamameshi “kettle rice”, a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in a pot.

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