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Thursday, 01 September 2011

Summer Vacation in Nagano

Summer Vacation in Nagano

My family and I visited Nagano, which is located in the middle of Japan, for our summer vacation. It has been very hot everyday in Japan and Nagano was no exception.
We decided to go to ‘Kuro-yon-dam’ for cool air. At 186 meters (610 ft) high, it is the tallest dam in Japan. It was constructed between 1956 and 1963 at a cost of ¥51.3 billion yen. The project was a difficult engineering feat for the rapidly growing post–World WarⅡJapan,Way to ‘Kuro-yon-dam’, at first we have to go to the trolley bus station. We left the hotel before 9 o'clock, however the parking space was already full. We had to park our vehicle at the bottom of the mountain and took the shuttle bus.

Between late June and mid-October, water is released from its spillway for onlookers.
We were so lucky to see the double rainbows over the released water.
ファイル 23-1.jpg Released water from spillway
ファイル 23-2.jpg Tateyama mountain range
ファイル 23-3.jpg Double rainbows

The next day, we visited ‘Narai-jyuku’ in Kiso area. Kisoji ‘Narai-jyuku’ is a part of Nakasendo Road connecting Tokyo and Kyoto and is approximately 530 km which was one of the Five Highways in the Edo Period, and was developed along with the history of Nakasendo Road.

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Time-slipped to the Edo period

When we arrived there, we thought we time-slipped, back to the Edo period two hundred years ago. Most of the housed are preserved as they were two hundred ago. We had a great time in Nagano and came back to the real world of Tokyo.

Takayasu Yamada
Auto Galaxy Co., Ltd.
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Tokyo, Japan 189-0013
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