I grew up in Tokyo until 1965 and used to hike in this area as a teenager to get away from the noise and dirt of the big city. On the way back from Osaka (where I had a business) to Tokyo (where my brother and sisters live), we decided to spend one night in Hakuba for a sentimental reason (my wife, an American, had never been there). The train rides from Nagoya to Hakuba and Hakuba to Shinjuku (Tokyo) were breath taking partly because the weather was fantastic. We had sunny late fall weather. If anybody is thinking about traveling between Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya and Tokyo on bullet trains and have sometime to spare, you should take an extra day and do what we did. About the hotel, we found this place through Booking.com and did not expect too much, because many western style hotels in Japan are not really up to what typical internet sites suggest. The hotel was located in a quiet forest and trees were changing colors. The place was extremely quiet, and the building is well built and has a lot of space. Living room and dining room are also very large and comfortable, which is unusual in Japan. We were up graded to a very nice junior suit from a basic hotel room. As other reviewers described, the hosts are just great, kind and very helpful in everything. We decided to have a dinner here (was not included in our reservation), and found that it was by far one of the best western food (French) we had in Japan. Breakfast was also outstanding. Before dinner, we walked around the hotel enjoying the changing colors of trees and the next morning before we got on a train to go back to Tokyo, we took a taxi cab to see Mt. Hakuba (arranged by the host) where I used to climb. The driver took us to other several beautiful spots where we walked around. While we were walking around and our taxi cab waiting, I saw the host (man) with a taxi cab driver. Apparently I left a pair of my pants at the hotel and the host drove down to find us to give them back to me. I really felt then that I am back in Japan. Well all other good things about this hotel have been well described by other travelers, so I will not repeat. Apparently this place is popular with skiers, but if anybody wants to relax at a quiet place in a forest during spring, summer and fall, this is a place for you. All I can say is that we should have stayed at least 3 or 4 more nights and explore the area.
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