Skied in Hakuba for 5th time. We were lucky that prior to our arrival in mid-Jan heavy snow has been falling for few days, such that all slopes were opened.
D0 – Entering the snow country from Nagano
as usual, took Shinkansen to arrive at Nagano and change to express bus to Hakuba Happo.
Snow covered Nagano city
outside Happo bus terminal
ryokan inner garden
view from room in early morning
trucks was burried after overnight snow
D1 – Hakuba Goryu+Hakuba47
Heavy snow was falling while the gondola was operating on and off intermittently. Fresh pow was everywhere !! The top lifts for both were closed due to strong wind and poor visibility, thus we were confined to ski in Goryu.
Came down the Champion-expert course
Alps-daira Grand Prix gelande was closed due to strong wind and poor visibility
at the bottom of Toomi-gelande
D2-4 in Hakuba Happo-one
Skied in Happo-One for the rest of our trip. We had a rare sunny day on D3 with all clouds and mists dispersed in the morning. Went to the mt top @1850m to take great shots of the 3 summits of Shirouma-dake – the featured image. 1st time in deep blue sky !!
D3 morning view from room
Panaromic view @1650m
heading towards the top mt lift
top of Olympic course II
looked back after descent
getting misty in pm
ryokan that we stayed in Happo
Big sakura tree in snow
Jinja in thick snow
Tall JP sugi trees in Jinja
Time in Tokyo and in Hakuba Happo
as usual, we met up with local friends in Tokyo for reunion. Enjoyed in cosy izakayas in Happo. Returned to Tokyo and visited museum in Ueno Park.
new Ginza place
Unagai place with in-house sansho
Unagi rice box made to order
name of the shop in miniature
good sake list
Having sushi in Tokyo before heading to Hakuba
1st night in Happo Izakaya
rare fishes from Niigata as sashimi
fried shrimps, clams boiled in sake
chicken and vege pot
our favorite grilled beef tougue sets
Special exhibition in Ueno Mori Art Museum
Early Ume blosom
quick stroll in Daikanyama