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.
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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 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!