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[Nagoya/Takayama : Day 02-05]

We broke this trip down to 2 main accomodation stretches : 4 nights in Takayama & 5 nights in Nagoya. Can’t say enough of the Onsen Hotel we stayed in – Takayama Ouen – marvellous breakfast buffet, lovely private onsens (they had a stone one, a brick one and a cypress one), so the whole family could onsen together. Of course, being nestled in the alpine valleys, the Takayama stretch was a great base to explore the neighboring towns and to also let the girls have their first taste of skiing.

Walking in the old streets of Takayama. We were trying to find the sweets shop we tried on the previous trip, but I think it might have closed down.....
Walking in the old streets of Takayama. We were trying to find the sweets shop we tried on the previous trip, but I think it might have closed down…..
Beautiful quiet Hida Folk Village. Due to heavy snowfall, the buses did not run in the morning, so it was after lunch that we managed to catch the bus for the 15min journey uphill to this lovely attraction.
Beautiful quiet Hida Folk Village. Due to heavy snowfall, the buses did not run in the morning, so it was after lunch that we managed to catch the bus for the 15min journey uphill to this lovely attraction.
More beautiful whiteness
More beautiful whiteness
Snow snow snow.....
Snow snow snow…..
Christmas portrait in Hida Folk Village. The little dollies we were holding are called "Sarubobo", little charms that ward off evil spirits. Girls were so enamored with them and insisted on buying quite a number!
Christmas portrait in Hida Folk Village. The little dollies we were holding are called “Sarubobo“, little charms that ward off evil spirits. Girls were so enamored with them and insisted on buying quite a number!
We passed by this Crepe stall on the way back to the hotel - usually by about 4.30pm, the skies are dark and we are looking for a place to have dinner!! haha.
We passed by this Crepe stall on the way back to the hotel – usually by about 4.30pm, the skies are dark and we are looking for a place to have dinner!! haha.
We tried skiing for the very 1st time. This is the super local, super busy ski slope of Honoki Daira. It was between this and another local ski slope, but our hotel reception recommended this for it's variety.
We tried skiing for the very 1st time. This is the super local, super busy ski slope of Honoki Daira. It was between this and another local ski slope, but our hotel reception recommended this for it’s variety.
We signed G up for a half day beginner's lesson. Lucky her the ski instructor spoke a little english, and it was only her and 1 other girl in the class, so it was almost a private class! :)
We signed G up for a half day beginner’s lesson. Lucky her the ski instructor spoke a little english, and it was only her and 1 other girl in the class, so it was almost a private class!🙂
G and her very pretty and young instructor!
G and her very pretty and young instructor!
Happy girl! She was so good at the skis.
Happy girl! She was so good at the skis.
Me in my new winter snow jacket - thanks V! :)
Me in my new winter snow jacket – thanks V!🙂
The little one decided she did not want to try ski school yet, so we spent the afternoon sledding down the baby slopes. And had lots of fun building a snow bear!
The little one decided she did not want to try ski school yet, so we spent the afternoon sledding down the baby slopes. And had lots of fun building a snow bear!
It was freezing cold! Us in front of the Teddy Bear Museum while G played with snow.
It was freezing cold! Us in front of the Teddy Bear Museum while G played with snow.
Such beautiful winterscapes. Missing it lots!
Such beautiful winterscapes. Missing it lots!

Information and links:

Transport :

To get from Takayama to Hida Folk Village, we took the Nouhi Bus – Sarobobo line – that leaves every hour (provided it does not snow!) The good thing was that this trip is covered under the Day Pass, so if you are in Takayama for more than 1 day, the 2 day City Pass is an excellent deal! On the 2nd day, we took the girls to the Takayama Eco Bear Village– it was quite touristy, but also fun for the girls. Very quiet, we had the whole place to ourselves!

To get to Honoki Daira, take the Nouhi Bus bound for Shin Hokata (for the Serious Skiiers, this has to be a wonderful destination!) and get off on the stop. It brings you to the doorstep of the ski resort, so it was perfect!

Hotel : We booked our hotel from the Japanican Website. This is the first time booking from that website, and I must say that it is an excellent booking website, with prompt replies for any questions (we asked about transport and travelling in the snow and they were very helpful!)

Skiing :

Most of my info on the Ski Schools are from HERE, HERE and HERE.

Skiing is an expensive holiday, so we wanted the girls to be sure of it before we tried an all out skiing holiday. G needs no further convincing but I think the little one might need a bit more encouragement before we embark on a 5 day ski holiday!

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