Today we joined our good friends, the Kever’s, for a trip to Nagano (host of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games) to see the famed snow monkeys and also Matsumoto Castle. We rented a van from the base, complete with TWO drivers this time. It really is a nice perk to base living! Upon arrival in the snowy little town (about 4 hours away), our van got stuck on the ice. Luckily, the guys were able to push us back to drier ground. Off to a great start!
When you reach the park, the monkey’s are literally right next to you. There are no enclosures or cages, this is where they live in the wild. It was so fun to see. They are not scared of humans, but can get aggressive with food, so you cannot feed them.
We even got to go inside. The wood work was amazing! It was too dark inside to take pics, but here is one of the kids looking out the window. We all had to take off our shoes and put on special slippers inside.
The kids are like rock stars over here! This girls basketball team was also touring the castle and they shrieked “kawaii, kawaii” (cute) when they saw the kids. Outside they were getting a group photo and I asked for one more, when the kids joined them, they all cheered. It was so funny!