Nozawa Onsen is a small village located in Nagano prefecture. It is a very popular onsen and ski resort. There are about twenty public onsen (hot bath) in the village and they are free to use. Each has different temperature and chemical properties. You can get a stamp book and collect stamps from every onsen, each has a unique illustration. I was told that at one of those Onsen the water temperature is close to the boiling temperature of water (the water is at 95C)! If you do not fear warm water, a trip to Nozawa Onsen is a relaxing and enjoyable experience!
Nagano was the host city of the 1998 Olympic games. The building presented here is the stadium of the opening ceremony with the Olympic torch still on display. Olympics facilities for hockey, speed skating, figure skating are scattered throughout Nagano whereas the ski events were held in Hakone. The Olympics were a profoundly marking event for the people of Nagano. It created an accelerated development of the town (notably the arrival of the Shinkansen rapid train) with a sudden increase of the infrastructures and also a cultural opening to the world.
Mitsuko wanted to cook some fresh rice for our last meal, so we got some rice bags from the latest crop and went to the rice mill. The rice mill is a do-it-yourself automatic facility where you simply put some money to start the machine and select your preferred setting from highly refined (white rice) to coarser (brown rice). You put the rice with the shells on one side and it comes out as white rice on the other. Fresh rice tastes so good!
The host city of the 1998 Olympics was Nagano Japan. A short bicycle ride brought us to the stadium of the opening ceremony. Here I am taken in picture with the Olympic torch and the “Snowlets”, the olympics mascots. The Olympics were a profoundly marking event for the people of Nagano. It created an accelerated development of the town with a sudden increase of the infrastructures and also a cultural opening to the world.
As an anecdote ,the people of Nagano,all Japanese they are, and especially the mayor of the time, wanted to greet so well the athletes that they were offering free beverages in vending machines. This led to a lot of abuse from the athletes who took great amounts of unnecessary drinks.
I also heard of some fight between American and Canadian hockey teams after perhaps some abuse of alcohol…