Shin-Hotaka Onsen & Ropeway
Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
52Trip End May 17, 2008
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Hotakaso Yamano Hotel
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The Shin-Hotaka Ropeway, which was actually made up of two ropeways, was operated on the mountainside of Mt. Nishi-Hotaka. When we arrived, it was snowing around there. At the end of the second ropeway, there was an observation deck where we might have caught a great view of the North Alps. We predicted no good view from the deck on the day, because of the bad weather, but we had a reservation ticket for the aerial lift and there were no other tourist attractions to go instead. So we had no choice but to take the lift. When we arrived at the terminal, it was snowing and foggy. It was disappointing to us, although we had predicted it. After a while, however, it got a bit clearer and it was no problem to walk around Sengokuench Nature Park near the observatory building, where we were excited at rime on trees. Besides, we were barely able to see the summit of Mt. Nishi-Hotaka for a few seconds. Although we couldn't see snowy alps clearly from the observation deck, the tourist attraction was just satisfactory to us, thanks to the soft rime and a fleeting view of the mountain. On our way down to the foot of the mountain, we paid a short visit to Sangakukan Visitors' Centre and enjoyed a photo exhibition of the North Alps.
Shin-Hotaka Ropeway Brochure
We couldn't catch the great views of mountains in pictures of the brochure
It was at almost one in the afternoon, when we left Shin-Hotaka. Although we were heading to Takayama, we had plenty of time to kill in Takayama. To be honest, there seemed no interesting tourist attractions to us in the touristy city. Then we reluctantly selected a sight to visit, referring to my guidebook and it was Kusakabe Folk-Craft Museum. The building was rebuilt in 1879 after a fire and has been designated as a national important cultural property since 1966. Frankly speaking, it was a bad selection. The entrance fee cost 500 yen per person including sweets and green tea. While we were in the museum, there were no visitors and we thought it was very reasonable. My guidebook reviewed it as a good tourist attraction, but our impression of the museum was far from it. The only advantage was its tearoom where we enjoyed sweets and green tea served for free and talked with gardeners working on the museum garden.
Before we left Takayama, we felt like tasting Takayama ramen, which was a speciality of the city. It wasn't long before I caught sight of a ramen restaurant in front of the train station and we chose to enter the restaurant Tenma. There was only a cook and waiter working at the time in the restaurant and he was very unfriendly, saying nothing when we got into the restaurant. It made us uncomfortable, but Takayama ramen of the restaurant was not bad. Especially its soup was tasty and I drank it up. If you don't care about unfriendly staff, the ramen restaurant is recommendable.
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