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Midagahara Hotel
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed 3 nights at Midagahara Hotel.

Firstly, it is a long trip from Tokyo and you have to be in Tateyama before 5 pm, as the last cable car is around this time. We arrived at the hotel at around 4:30 pm on a rainy day. There were people waiting for us with umbrellas, which was very nice of them. The hotel is very rustic Japanese. Most of the staff spoke very basic English, except for this one girl who spoke perfect English which was very surprising since we were in a relatively remote area.

We were checked in very efficiently and they were very nice not to charge us for one of the rooms that we booked since a number of people from our group didn't make it on time to catch the last cable car up the mountain. We had initially booked 3 rooms, but only 2 rooms would be occupied for the first night.

Dinner service, as is part of the package, was served very early for us. We asked to be seated at latest possible service time and so they gave us the 6:30 pm slot. First service is at 6 pm. Being night owls, we then just remembered that mountain life begins and ends early. I then took a bath in the onsen, which was a little bit small, with only 1 pool and no sauna or steam room.

The sights around Midagahara are quite beautiful already, although the main attraction if going up higher to Murodo. There is also a hotel in Murodo, although I wouldn't recommend staying there as it is even more expensive than Midagahara (Midagahara Hotel being quite pricey already), plus it tends to get really noisy during the day, as most people go up to Murodo, specially the big tour groups. The sights around Murodo are breathtaking, but be ready and dressed to hike, meaning bring your snow gear. You can also ski if you want. Most people tend to stay just a few meters from the hotel in Murodo and take pictures, we on the other hand, hiked for a couple of hours. It was all worth it, as we saw the beauty of the land, away from the people and even saw the rare Thunderbird.

All in all, our stay in Midagahara Hotel was quite expensive (charges being on a per person basis), the journey to get there quite tedious and stressful, but after being there for 3 days, it is one of the places that I will never forget.

Room Tip: Western rooms have complete bathrooms. Japanese rooms only have a toilet, no bath. Your choice.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank Kenny C
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We stayed a night here as part of our Tateyama Kurobe Alpine trip. It is a simple hotel which provided us a satisfactory night stay and a good base for us to venture around the place.

1) The staff were friendly and helpful.

Our bus didn't stop right in front if the hotel (only buses at certain timing do) but the staff came out to greet us and brought us in. When we reached, the place was covered with fog and we could hardly see, and hence it was really thoughtful that the staff was there (we didn't even inform them which bus we were taking!).

Arranging the bus we wanted to take to leave the hotel with the staff was also a breeze.

2) Activities such as trekking and documentary viewing were arranged by hotel (free). We were the only foreigners in the group for the trekking and hence the guide did all the briefing in Japanese. However, we still enjoyed it especially the magnificent view. The hotel could provide snow boots which were really handy for the trekking in the snow!

3) Magnificent views! No words could describe enough ... you have to be there to experience! The view here is the tip of the iceberg for the whole Tateyama Kurobe Alpine route.

4) Dinner and breakfast were provided for us. The dinner was authentic Japanese food. I couldn't comment much as I am not a Japanese food fan. The breakfast spread was good and offered much choices. The dining area provided us a great view to see the sunset. Remember to bring along your camera.

5) No wifi in the room. Thought I read that wifi is available in the room and hence was rather disappointed. The wifi is only provided at the lobby.

6) We didn't use the common bathroom and so couldn't comment.

7) Usually I don't fuss about bedding but I do need to warn you that the pillow is kind of hard.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank oliviamummy
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Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

I stay here for our trip to kurobe alpine route to see the snow wall as well as the magnificent mountain view at the kurobe dam. This is a old and quiet hotel but it's cozy. There is also a daily trekking tour at 4pm. The view above the crowd at 1930m was beauriful. The dinner and breakfast was good especially when you can see the sunset. Overall, this is a good hotel for short stay up in the mountain. It does looks better than tateyama from the outside.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank thisisjeffrey
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed one night at Midagahara Hotel in October. The hotel is standing at 1,930 meters above sea level. There has comfortable guest room, hotspring and restaurant. This hotel will arrange daily trekking and stargazing tour with guide for hotel guest, it is free of charge. There is no wifi in room but hotel lobby has free wifi. And we luckily can see mountains covered the endless sea of clouds, that's really beautiful. The price is not cheap but that is worth it!!

Room Tip: stay at least 2 nights to check out the whole alpen route
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Stayed two nights in late August. Located in a national park area, the altitude is 1,930 metres. Temperature was cool, needing a light fleece jacket in early mornings and evening hours. A great escape from the sweltering heat across the Japanese mainland cities.

The hotel operates between April and early November, when Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route's transportation system is available. You cannot take your car there, you must park them and take the Alpie Route transportation system, either at Tateyama station on the Toyama side or Ogizawa Station on the Nagano side.

Just a few steps from the hotel entrance is a bus-stop of the express bus of the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, which would take you up to Murodo (alt.2,450m), the highest point in the Alpine Route, in 15 minutes. You must make a reservation for the express bus at the Hotel reception at least 1-hour prior to the bus you wish to take.

Vital information such as weather and travel advisories are posted at the reception which was very helpful. Every night from around 8 p.m., the hotel hosts slideshows which describes plants, animals and landscape of the Alpine Route (Japanese only). An excursion of the Midagahara by local volunteers are being held daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
There are three room types, one with three beds plus an extra bed which is used as a sofa. On this side you could see the marshes of Midagahara and Toyama plains down below. At night the view of city lights are beautiful. Other two is the two-bed rooms and Tatami Japanese style rooms.
An Onsen style Main Bath with a view is highly recommended. The water is not technically Onsen, but uses spring water from the Tateyama mountain range. The water feels very soft and soothing.
Dinner is served eitter in Japanese Kaiseki style or French course meal. Breakfast is served buffet style, you can choose either Western or Japanese style with variety of food to choose from.

Staffers are friendly and very Japanese in hospitality. If it is raining when the bus arrives, staffers would be waiting for you with an umbrella for you. When you ask questions they would provide detailed and good answers most of the time.

I am not sure about their linguistic skills since there were no non-Japanese guests staying there for the duration of my stay.

The hotel is also equipped with snow-shoes and other equipment necessary for hiking. There are wide varieties of hiking routes.

Room Tip: If you are non-Japanese you may try the Tatami (Japanese) style room, which would be nice. A view of...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank soryu1937
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed for one night during our trip along the Tateya-Kurobe Alpine route as we wanted to spend more time up on the mountains. The Midagahara Hotel is one of the few hotels operating high up the mountain. We were choosing between the Midagahara Hotel (located midway between Bijodaira and Murodo) and Hotel Tateyama (located in Murodo, the highest point along the alpine route) and finally decided to settle on the Midagahara Hotel based on online reviews. From hindsight, I definitely think we have made the right choice. While Murodo is an attractive choice for being the highest point on the alpine route and having the Yuki no Otani (giant snow wall) nearby, it's more busy and touristy with lots of tour groups, coach buses and souvenir shops in the area.
In my opinion, the Midagahara Hotel is a more serene and relaxing place to stay in. Hotel staff spoke a fair amount of English, and went out of their ways to attend to our needs. We arrived earlier than the usual check-in time, but they were quick in getting the room ready for us and allowed us to go in early. As mentioned by other reviewers, snow boots were offered to hotel guests who wished to walk in the snow. We had a wonderful time trekking in the snow and found our way to one of the viewpoints near the hotel (the Tateyama Caldera viewpoint). This was definitely a major highlight in our trip. A guided tour with the hotel manager was available in the afternoon but it was only available in Japanese. We stayed with the group for a while but eventually wandered away and walked along the main road by ourselves. We were able to see a gorgeous sunset during dinner inside the dining room. The room was clean and spacious. The food and onsen experience was good but not the best I've had before. Overall, we had a very pleasant and memorable stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Sir1G
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

We stayed in this hotel during our 2-day Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Tour. We had a warm welcome from the reception, a good and inexpensive lunch, a free guided hiking, a good view from the hotel room which is big enough for a family of 4, a sumptuous sunset dinner, a night view of the city at the foot of the mountain from the hotel room, a good night sleep and a good breakfast. We bought some souvenir and a pair of sunglasses from the hotel's shop and found that the price was more than reasonable. There's a public bath in the hotel (not onsen), although a bit small but I was the only one when I went there which means it's excessively big enough for one person...ha.ha.....

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ashikuraji Midagahara, Tateyama-machi, Nakaniikawa-gun 930-1412, Toyama Prefecture
Region: Japan > Chubu > Toyama Prefecture > Nakaniikawa-gun > Tateyama-machi
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels / Ryokan in Tateyama-machi
Price Range: £225 - £392 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Midagahara Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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