Hoshino resort Kai, Alps (星野リゾート 界 アルプス)

Nagano
[Throwback October] Way before the peak of Autumn, we headed out a little north to Nagano for a onsen break and enjoy some cool fresh mountain air before our next BIG change. So with 2 train changes and almost 3 hours of train ride from Shinjuku.

Nagano
Once out of the Tokyo city limits, you would embrace lots of nature and fields…..Good bye to the concrete jungle.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
We finally arrived at Shinanoomachi Station (信濃大町)

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Managed to catch their complimentary shuttle from the shuttle to the resort, if you miss their shuttle time slots than you have to catch a taxi to their resort. It is about 15 minutes by car from the station.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Arriving at the resort! I love Hoshino chain resorts but the really nice ones are too expensive but the affordable ones are still very nice since they would still serve you with their Hoshina brand of service so fret not! (My dream stay would be the Hoshino Kyoto during autumn and Hoshina Karuizawa during winter)

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Welcome to our accomodation for the night.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
We visted on a weekday but it was already 70% full and weekend bookings are all full.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
If you have interest with Japanese arts, the entrance and various parts of the resort are decorated with Japanese art works.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
After a hot soak, you can also choose to take a seat outside their garden area to enjoy the cool mountain air and enjoy the serenity.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Checking into our tatami Japanese room.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
The balcony area had the western style sofa chairs and Japanese seatings.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
On our table was this little steaming stove where you can steam your onsen buns in your room. Most of the time, they have some form of snacks and sweets on your table for you to munch upon check in to go with your green tea.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Wrapped with Japanese cloth, was our room amenities.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
1 main reason why I like Hoshino resorts is because they have alot of activities planned for you during your stay there. For that day, we have the traditional style fireplace for tea and mochi making during the night. If the weather permits, we could also sign on for the star gaze walk.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Since it was time for tea break at the Japanese fire place, we headed down to join the rest of the guests at the fire place and get some warmth.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
What is on the menu? grilled sweet buns and grilled apples ( since Nagano is famous for apple, apples are abundant during fall too)

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
On the side, was a steamer by firewood steaming fresh vegetables, which you put some butter and salt on it and it just helps you to rid of the cold.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Drinks chilled on the side by cold stream water (chargeable)

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
What does autumn remind you of? In Japan, red fiery leaves and chestnuts come to my mind.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
After filling our tummies with warm food, we headed to the lounge area for some gourmet coffee.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Sipping our coffee, flipping some travel magazines, making small chat between us. A luxury for the both of us since I rarely get to see Sushi san on any weekday.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
Early autumn feel in Nagano.

Hoshino Alps Resort Nagano
You can wear your safety box key around your neck, safe enough while you head out to the hot springs…..

Hoshino Alps Nagano Onsen
For the evening, you soak in a tub filled of lemons’ hot spring with waterproof (Japanese of course) books. They even have near sighted glasses beside the books. Not only that, they have chilled fruit liquors and sakes in your citrusy hot spring. Such a treat! The next morning, the lemons are gone and replaced with pieces of wood that give a woody scented hot spring. Lemons are available for Spring and Summer whereas for Autumn and Winter, lemons are replaced with apples. I was there the last day they used lemons.
[Image credit: Hoshino Kai Alps since no photos are allowed in the hot springs]

KAI Alps – Access

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