Visiting Nagano, Japan

A dormant mountain is now actively volcanic as of this summer … which reminds the visitors that we are at a treasure trove of hot springs here at this mountain resort dotted with many hot spring baths.

In how many languages to convey the message that …the theme of this place is all about Health/Wellness & Healing. (健康と癒し:)

200 hot springs !!!

In 1998 Winter Olympics was hosted at this location

Prada?  Guess crazy rich asians show up here … tons of tourists  Not my kind of place probably because … I am not CRA but a humble one with reasons for being here a bit different from the shoppers here.  Why am I hear?

It’s for a very extraordinary school campus to visit.

And always there’s time for YOGA:)  The class advertised looks very enticing – just wear regular clothes – offering of locally sourced fruits and veggie smoothies for the participants.  Lovey idea. *Realized why we have no desire to wear the American ideas of yoga wear such as Lululemons – it’s way too muggy with high humidity, there is no one who would want to wear that kind of tight fitting body hugging clothing doing yoga.  Loose fitting cotton tunics and light pants makes sense in this climate – further reminding us that yoga is not … gymnastics.

An offering of a very grounding and serene morning yoga class … the air is fresh, everything so moist and dewy.  Indoor options I am sure is available but … if you are in Karuizawa in the summer months, why?  Breathe in the fresh air; cool down from the Tokyo heat.  Refreshing not sweating. In this lush forest … sun light is kind and … air is pure.

Public & Private

There’s a big public bath house where photo taking is not allowed – then, there’s this private hot spring in this room adjacent to the tatami room.

Healthy breakfast of local fruits (berries and melons) and imported fruits (pineapple from Philippines) topping plain locally made yogurt, sprinkled with local raw honey and … KINAKO – soy powder often used in desserts in Japan.

Traditional Japanese Breakfast of Miso soup, sea and land vegetables pickles and seasoned in traditional methods … missing is Natto – the fermented soy beans that disappeared very fast from the buffet table.

More breakfast veggies

Locally dried raisins made from Kyoho grapes + decadence of pastries from locally famed bakery, Asanoya … all petit sizes so you can enjoy the variety – cinnamon danish topped with strawberry, chocolate blueberry toast, and matcha muffin.

More than 10,000 steps everyday

Many steps everywhere

Summer cottages for the privileged I assume … gardens are so well tended …passing through and taking in the loveliness of forest living.  The air so cleansing, the foggy jet lag heaviness lifts and there’s clarity that returns.  Fresh Air, Good Water and Lush green forests … that’s the Karuizawa I seek, not the shopping outlets Asian tourists swarm to.