A night in Hakuba Minamiya (割烹旅館 みなみ家)

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?

Tasty Plum Cinder
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)

Enroute to Hakuba
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

Minamiie Hakuba
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.

Minamiie Hakuba
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.

Minamiie Hakuba Room
We were lucky to score the last loft room as we only started looking for accommodation only 3 weeks before our travel.

Minamiie Hakuba Room
You can choose to sleep in the lowered floor living area or climb up the ladder to sleep in the loft.

Minamiie Hakuba Room
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.

Minamiie Hakuba Room
Looking down.

Minamiie Hakuba Room
Alpine water which tasted really good, you can ask them to fill up your bottles with water before you depart for the day.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
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.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Apricot sweet liquor to kick off our meal.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Grilled beef steak.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Grilled salt with salt.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Crab meat salad.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Stewed radish topped with fiskcake.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Vegetable cream stew.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
You have to eat the soba in Nagano.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Already bursting to the fill but the home pickles was just too good.

Minamiie Hakuba Dinner
Steamed apples? Interesting as it was supposed to make the apples soft and sweeter.

Minamiie Hakuba
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.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kabir gandhiok
    Feb 24, 2015 @ 18:59:41

    Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing these 🙂 I love Japanese architecture and I’d like to try out more Japanese cuisine, I’m sure it’s as yum as it looks…

  2. Xuan-er
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 17:17:40

    @kabir gandhiok yes, I love Japanese cuisine and they treat it as a piece of art too. It is very serene to have a course
    meal in Japan.

  3. kabir gandhiok
    Feb 25, 2015 @ 17:22:58

    Yes, that’s so right, I could see how aesthetically they arranged and presented the food… very nice!

  4. Rodney
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 03:37:38

    Remember physics? Hot air rises, that’s why the loft is warm and comfy.

  5. Xuan-er
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 16:18:07

    @rodney, hah thanks for your reminder… I almost forgot

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