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.
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- Midagahara Hotel Tateyama-Machi, Japan - Toyama Prefecture