we continued our journey with our snow resort pass, we arrived back in Nagano station at around 230pm and decided to get on the 310pm bus to Hakuba. Since we were short of time to get a decent meal, we raided the convenience store for new potato chip flavors to snack on our 1.5 hours bus ride.
Fancy a orange flavored chips? Lobster flavored chips or Meitaiko Flavored chips?
This new drink was really awesome if you like strong flavored plum cider. Super strong plum flavor (though may taste a little too artificial for some)
Enjoying the snowy view along the way.
already 430pm when we arrived into Hakuba Station.
Into the ski and snowboard wonderland. Hakuba is really popular with foreigners for ski so there was a lot of information in English too.
Hakuba (白馬), located in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture, is one of Japan’s most popular ski areas, offering good snow and several large ski resorts to choose from. During the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Hakuba gained world wide recognition as it hosted several olympic competitions, including alpine and nordic (ski jump and cross country) events. Today some of the olympic facilities remain in use, such as the Hakuba Ski Jumping Stadium. There is also the Hakuba Olympic Village Memorial Hall, a small but interesting museum, located within walking distance of the ski jump.
– Japan Guide
About 15 minutes in the light snow, we arrived at our accommodation for the night. Minamiie is small family owned Japanese style bed and breakfast. This is also my first time trying out non-western bed and breakfast in Japan.
It was really clean and pretty clean as they just newly re-opened in mid-December 2014 after renovations. Ladies can also choose from an array of colorful yukatas to wear.
We were lucky to score the last loft room as we only started looking for accommodation only 3 weeks before our travel.
You can choose to sleep in the lowered floor living area or climb up the ladder to sleep in the loft.
The loft was carpeted with a small TV and some books. I was afraid that it would be cold to sleep in the loft so I was little hesitated but Sushi san assured me that it would be really warm. He was right! It was toasty hot to sleep in the loft, I don’t know the reason though.
Alpine water which tasted really good, you can ask them to fill up your bottles with water before you depart for the day.
As usual after a refreshing soak in their small hot spring (outdoor soak is in their courtyard full of snow), we headed down to the dinning hall for our sumptuous homecooked dinner course.
Apricot sweet liquor to kick off our meal.
Grilled beef steak.
Grilled salt with salt.
Crab meat salad.
Stewed radish topped with fiskcake.
Vegetable cream stew.
You have to eat the soba in Nagano.
Already bursting to the fill but the home pickles was just too good.
Steamed apples? Interesting as it was supposed to make the apples soft and sweeter.
Every room is entitled to 1 free hour with their private onsen area and 1 free hour in the relaxing corner. We just booked for the relaxation room complete with massage chairs, games and munched on our snacks……Such relaxation in the cold wintery weather.