Hakuba Resort Hotel La Neige Higashikan
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... over the coals. First we started with buckwheat tea, then miso soup which is the best we have ever tasted with silken light tofu, then the Oyaki followed by hand made fresh sobu noodles which you eat cold. You put a bit of soy in the bowl and then grate over fresh wasabi, add some fresh shallots or pickled horseradish or black bean. Yum. We had more tea to finish. The people who ran the shop were lovely. The man who did most of the cooking told the guide that I was very ...
The minshuku was in O Tsumago. The town 2 km before Tsumago! Japanese-style Room /Located along the Nakasendo trail in the post-town of Tsumago-juku, Daikichi is run by three generations of the same family and is one of the family-run minshuku we use in ...
... was homemade?), and the "park rangers" functioned more as gift shop cashiers than as park experts.
Because the day was so nice, we chose an alternate route out of the park in order to visit the little onsen (hot springs) town, We hiked back down the mountain, through the park forest, along the river. It felt so restorative to spend so much time in the woods -- what a treat for these two PNW peeps!
Once in town, we found (what we were told are) ...
... the Alps
Today we decide to walk the main street and see the Zenkoji Temple. Well we are in for a great surprise. There is a huge parade heading to the temple, and we have arrived just before it starts. The route is lined with very talented Japanese drummers along the way playing some very addictive beats.
We follow the parade up to the Temple where it is packed with thousands of people, and plenty of TV crew. Its ...
... for sledging.
Back to the hotel for a quick pack up and then the long journey back to Tokyo airport with bus, bus, train, train, bus. All a lot of fun in Japan and that probably sums up Japan. The people are the most polite and respectful I’ve ever met. Everything is very different but really interesting and it’s definitely a country that I’d like to come back to. The skiing was great and although ...