Just a short 15 minutes ride away from Murudo (室堂), we arrive at the hotel that is at an altitude of 1930 meters. Our first choice was actually the Hotel Tateyama at the highest altitude but it was fully booked so we settled for Midagahara which was slightly cheaper.
Hotel is quite a little dated but the hotels on the mountains are kinda old.
At least the room was clean. The hotels are closed from November to April as the snow fall in this area is quite heavy and make the whole mountains quite inaccessible.
Notice the poles outside this building. They are erected so that the snow dozers that would be clearing up the snow to make way for the roads would know where the buildings are since this little waiting hut would actually be buried under the snow during the winters.
This is how much snow would fall during the winters that much of it has not melted off till now.
We joined in a 1 hour hiking exploration around the hotel, waterproof boots were provided and this made walking so much easier.
We climbed about 20 minutes to higher grounds to look at the Toyama city view but it got a little cloudy.
Sun setting and the fog would come in. You can observe that the lower grounds have much greens on it…..a unique contrast of green and white.
Dinner was provided for our reservation where we had a course Japanese dinner with the “firefly” squids uniquely found in Tateyama region both in pickled and sashimi form
Toyama rice (much rice agriculture is found here) with local vegetable miso soup.
Tofu and Toyama region fish stew.
Finished off with some Tateyama beer which used the region’s underground spring water, Toyama wheats and hops to brew this beer. Taste wise? I thought it was slightly more bitter than usual.