2016/05/03

Family trip to Nagano

My family went on a trip to Nagano prefecture from April 29th to May 1st.

First day, we left our house at 4:40am because I wanted to avoid the traffic jam on the highway to Nagano.

It was a long drive, but it was fun for me.


First, we visited "Togakushi Kid's Ninja Village".

It is an amusement park where the theme is Togakushi-ryu Ninja.

Togakushi is the name of area in Nagano city.

Togakushi-ryu is one of the historical traditions of Ninjutsu known as the "School of the Hidden Door"

There are various kinds of field athletics, and there are some Ninja themed exhibits and activities in the Village.

Children can experience training as Ninja.

My children rented Ninja costumes, so that they could enjoy field athletics activities.

I took photos of my children who wore Ninja costumes on the roof.

 
 
My son trained to walk on the tightrope over a high place.

 
It is called "Mizugumo no jutsu", which is known as Ninjutsu for walking on water.
 

My children were able to cross the water place.
 
Watching them crossing the water made me feel uneasy because I saw some children and their parents fall into the water.
 
It was a really cold day, it was snowing there even though it was during Golden Week!

I guessed that those who fell into the water must be very cold.
 
 

This training is called "A little monkey climbing on the rock".
 
 
We also enjoyed an attraction called "Karakuri-Yashiki".
 
It is like a labyrinth.
 
The door to the next room is hidden in the first room, so we have to look for the door.
 
Doors are opened by pushing, pulling, and sometimes revolving.
 
It was really fun to try to find the doors and open them.  

This is the room in Karakuri-Yashiki in which floor is inclined.


There is an museum related to Ninja in the Village.

I found the old Japanese anime called "Hattori-kun".

 
These are Shuriken (throwing stars), which are Ninja's weapons. 
 
 
Togakushi Kid's Ninja Village was really fun not only for my children but also my husband and me.
 
 
After going back to the Minsyuku (inn), we went to the Chu-sha (middle shrine) of Togakushi Shrine.

It is a big traditional shrine with a long history.
 
 
The three big ceder trees are more than 800 years old.
 
 
 
Next day, we visited the Oku-sha (upper shrine) of Togakushi Shrine.
 
We needed to walk 2km to reach the Shrine.
 
The guardian dogs in front of Zuishinmon (a gate to the shrine).
 
 
This is the big Zuishinmon of the Oku-sha.



We bowed and went through the gate.

There are a lot of tall ceder trees on the approach to the shrine.

They were really magnificent and I felt the spirits and power of nature.



The shrine's approach was like a steep mountain path.

We borrowed the ski stocks for free at the parking area, it was really helpful for me when climbing the steps.

I was surprised that my children could climb there without complaints.

 
The Oku-sha was located at the foot of Togakushi mountain.
 

 
I was very glad to reach there.
 
On our way to the parking area, my son told me:
 
"I want to go to the wash room!"
 
"What? We need to walk about 1km to the parking area."
 
"I can't stand it!"
 
He said.
 
"I want to go to the wash room, too!"
 
My 5-year-old daughter also said.
 
"OK, let's run!"
 
We run to the restaurant near the entrance gate of the Oku-sha.
 
It was a long way, but they could run.
 
We ran into the restaurant and asked to the staff,
 
"Excuse me, may we use the wash room?"
 
"Sure. There is the wash room."
 
They made it.
 
I was surprised that they could run such a long way.
 
 
 
After that, we visited Togakushi-ryu Ninja museum.
 
Its Karakuri-Yashiki was also interesting even for adults.
 
I found that some tourists from abroad enjoyed finding the hidden doors.
 
My 5-year-old daughter was scared of the Karakuri Yashiki, so she was crying all the time we were in the house.
 
We stayed at the Onsen ryokan (hotel with hot spring) at Yamada Onsen.
 
The dinner and breakfast were absolutely amazing!
 
This is an appetizer from the dinner.
 

This is a breakfast.

 
The ryokan has a long histrory, it opened 1769!
 
Its open-air hot spring is splendid.
 
It is situated on the big monolith and we can see the beautiful valley from the hot spring.

The view and sound of the river really helped me relax.
 
 
 
Last day, we went to Zenkouji temple.
 
It was one of the most famous temples in Japan.

When the Nagano Olympics was held in Nagano prefecuture in 1998, the Opening ceremony started with the sound of bells of Zenkouji temple.
 
There were a lot of tourists there.

 
It believed that we can recover from our diseases or we can prevent getting diseases if we are exposed to the smoke from the incence barner.
 
 
I bought "Ema" and worte my wishes on it and hung it on the prepared space like the photo below.
 
 
It was really a fun trip for us.
 
I found that my children grew emotionally and  physically as a result of this trip.
 
What I was happy about was that my children really enjoyed this trip.
 
I hope they will remember it when they grow up.
 
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  1. Hello Kumi-san,

    I sounds like you and your family and a good time on your trip to Nagano. I am not sure I would have faired to well as it sounds like a lot of walking. Your children were very brave doing the tightrope walk over water, that I would not have done especially on a cold day.

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    First day, we left our house at 4:40am because I wanted to avoid the traffic jam at the highway to Nagano.

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    First day, we left our house at 4:40am because I wanted to avoid the traffic jam on the highway to Nagano.

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    It was a long driving, but it was fun for me.

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    It was a long drive, but it was fun for me.

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    It is an amusement park which theme is Togakushi-ryu Ninja.

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    It is an amusement park (who's/where the) theme is Togakushi-ryu Ninja.

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    There are various kinds of field athletics, and there are some attractions of Ninja in the Village.

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    There are various kinds of field athletics, and there are some Ninja themed exhibits and activities in the Village.

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    My children rent Ninja costumes, so that they could enjoy field athletics actively.

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    My son trained walking on the rope at high place.

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    Watching them crossing the water made me feel uneasy because I saw some children and their parents fell into the water.

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    The door to the next room is hidden in the first room, so we look for the door.

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    Doors are opened by pushing, pulling, and sometimes revoling.

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    This is the room in Karakuri-Yashiki which floor is inclined.

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    These are Shuriken (throwing star), which are Ninja's weapons.

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    We need to walk 2km to the Shrine.

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    There are a lot of tall ceder trees on the shrine's approach.

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    There are a lot of tall ceder trees on the approach to the shrine.

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    We borrowed the ski stocks for free at the parking area, it was really helpful for me to climb the steps.

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    We borrowed the ski stocks for free at the parking area, it was really helpful for me when climbing the steps.

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    The Oku-sha was located at the foot of Togakushi montain.

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    "Excuse me, may we borrow the wash room?"

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    "Excuse me, may we use the wash room?"

    Reason: In the case above you would use the word "use" and not borrow. Borrow implies that you wish to take the washroom somewhere temporarily. Which clearly you do not wish to do as it is not something you take pick up and take away :)

    Examples:

    May a borrow some money (May a take some money from you which at some point in the future I will pay back)
    May a borrow a cup of sugar (Someone wishes to have some of your sugar and presumably in the future will replace the sugar they borrowed or will replace it with something else maybe a favor they will owe you)
    May I borrow your phone to make a call (May I temporarily take your phone, make a call and then I will give you back your phone)

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    "Sure. That is a wash room."

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    This is an appetizer of dinner.

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    The ryoan has a long histrory, it opened 1769!

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    It is made on the big monolith and we can see the beautiful valley from the hot spring.

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    It is situated on a big monolith and we can see the beautiful valley from the hot spring.

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    I was really healed by the view and sound of the river.

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    The view and sound of the river really helped me relax.

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    When the Nagano Olympic was held in Nagano prefecuture in 1998, the Opening ceremony started with the sound of bells of Zenkouji temple.

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    When the Nagano Olympics was held in Nagano prefecuture in 1998, the Opening ceremony started with the sound of bells of Zenkouji temple.

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    It believed that we can recover our diseases or we can prevent getting diseases if we are exposed to the smoke from the incence barner.

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    It is believed that we can (cure/recover from) our diseases or we can prevent getting diseases if we are exposed to the smoke from the incense burner.

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    I bought "Ema" and worte my wishes on it and hung it on the prepared space like the photo below.

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    I bought "Ema" and wrote my wishes on it and hung it on the prepared space like the photo below.

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    It was really fun trip for us.

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    It was really a fun trip for us.

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    I found my children's growth through the trip.

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    I found that my children grew emotionally as a result of this trip.

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    What I was happy was that my children really enjoyed this trip.

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    What I was happy about was that my children really enjoyed this trip.

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    I hope they will remember it when they will grow up.

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    I hope they will remember it when they grow up.

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    1. Hello Terry.
      Thank you for correcting my long long diary.
      It was so long that I mistook a lot of spelling(><)(←my face).

      I think maybe my mistake of how to use borrow was a typical mistake which Japanese made.
      Because we say "トイレを貸してもらえますか?" in Japanese when we wand to use the washroom.
      "貸して" is "borrow".
      The differences like this are really difficult, but I remember this expression now!

      Thank you so much!

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