Markの冬休み Part 2

On our way back from the snow monkey park, I broke my glasses. They were basically unrepairable. So on our way to Bessho Onsen, we stopped at Ueda, a suburban area with a shopping mall. I was able to buy a new pair of glasses there. I was so surprised by how quick this process took – no more than two hours! In Australia, it usually takes about a week to get a new pair of glasses.

Ueda is situated more in the southern part of Nagano and to my surprise, it took about two hours to get there by train from Yudanak. Ueda also has a castle there that played a role in the battle of Sekigahara. Around the castle grounds, there was a big playground that my son could go and play in.

The last part of the mini trip was at Bessho onsen. It’s also another small town famous for its hot springs. The town is more situated in a valley, so there wasn’t really any snow there. We stayed at a Ryokan style hotel. Most of the town was closed up for New Year’s and were only two restaurants opened – wandering the town at night felt like we were wandering in a ghost town. We ended up having a dinner of rice balls and deer meat at the hotel. Breakfast though was far more satisfying – the salmon was amazing. And the onsen at the hotel was incredible.





basically: 基本的に
suburban: 郊外の
satisfying: 満足のいく
incredible: 信じられないくらい良い