Winter in Nagano
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Shauna and I immersed ourselves in a sparkling morning at Nagano City's Zenkô-ji Temple before traveling out to Yudanaka, where we hiked through the mountains for a half-hour to Korakukan, an onsen (hot springs resort) in Hell Valley, accessible only by foot or, in the case of the mailman, motorcycle. This remote valley is famous for its snow monkeys, who've long enjoyed the natural hot springs during the winter. Unfortunately, a sort of monkey park has been built further back in the valley to accommodate tourists, and it seems that the monkey population has suffered from over-feeding & over-stimulation. None of this seemed to make much difference, however, in quiet moments relaxing with the monkeys in the early morning...

 
 
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