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Midagahara Hotel
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Hong Kong
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33 reviews
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“Wonderful place”
Reviewed November 21, 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!!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Kobe, Japan
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Reviewed September 4, 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, traveled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed July 11, 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, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed June 2, 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, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
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Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful, spacious & clean Tatami rooms in a wonderful snowly setting. Great breakfast & dinner.
The Onsen bath room view is breath taking.
Staff are friendly. Wifi in lobby only
We saw the full moon & stars shining onto the snow... Such a magificent, beautiful sight.
The highlight of our free & easy holidays.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Singapore
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This place is expensive and the most expensive hotel we booked during our trip. We did not choose this for its food or rooms or onsen experience. It was out of sheer necessity that we chose the Midagahara because we wanted to stop for the night somewhere on the Alpine Route, The hotel at Murodo was fully booked so we settled for this.

Having said that, it was a better choice on hindsight, than the hotel at Murodo - which we later found to be crowded and noisy, packed with tour groups, tour buses etc.

Midagahara is quieter and in May when we went, the place was still deeply covered by snow. Buried under at least 8m of snow would have been one of Japan's highest wetlands and alpine meadows, which you could hike through during the summer. But in May, all was still white with snow. It was nice to tramp on the 'fields of snow' knowing that you were basically walking at the top of the tree-tops since everything was snowed under! The hotel thoughtfully provides snow shoes and waterproof boots at the entrance for anyone who wants to go out into the snow.

The hotel was pricey but the service was good, the staff were efficient and Mr Mori the manager could communicate in English. He even conducts the 'snow walk' at 4.15pm which another reviewer mentioned. That, however, is conducted in Japanese so although we joined the group, we were largely clueless about the commentary and had more fun walking or sinking through the snow! They also had a slideshow in the lobby after dinner - all in Japanese - about a ceramics artist and his work. While we could not understand what was being said, I thought it was good of the hotel to organise these post-dinner activities since there was nothing else we could do outside.

The food was not bad but not the best we've had. They charge for drinks you consume during the meal - which came as a surprise as other places would offer a drink as part of the meal with you paying for extras if you wanted more over and above that. We ordered two bottles of Coke and were aghast the next morning at checkout to find that the Coke was 630yen PER bottle! This is the most overpriced bottle of Coke I've ever had. I can understand that the hotel would charge a premium since it would cost more to transport food/resources up the mountain. But this is triple what you can get at other ryokans, let alone the vending machines!

That aside, it is worth breaking the journey for a night if you're taking the Kurobe Alpine Route. In warmer months, this break could give time for a nice hike or two and in spring, the chance to play in a winter wonderland - as we did!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank chongbrood
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Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine route was to be the highlight of our trip, so Midagahara Hotel was our "splurge" hotel stay.

Pros:
- Located midway between the Bijodaira and Muroda stops. As many tour groups tend to take the direct bus to Murudo, it sees less human traffic than the Tateyama hotel.
- For nature lovers like us, we were thrilled to be next to walls of snow. The afternoon nature walk conducted by the hotel was awesome! Being city folks from a tropical country like Singapore, we totally enjoyed trekking through the metre-high snow.
- Service level at the hotel was great. The hotel manager, Mr Mori, was a bundle of energy and fully committed to serving all the hotel guests.
- Rooms are big and comfortable. Can easily sleep 4.

Cons:
- Hotel/room decor is very average and a bit dated for a USD400/night hotel.
- Dinner and breakfast could be better prepared. However, variety was good and portions were big.
Tip: Hotel has an English booking site. Booking opens about 2 - 3 months before opening of Alpine route in mid-April. Reach before 4.15pm to join the hotel's nature walk. A MUST!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Midagahara Hotel
Address: Ashikuraji Midagahara, Nakaniikawa-gun, Tateyama-machi 930-1412, Toyama Prefecture
Location: 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 6 Hotels / Ryokan in Tateyama-machi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Midagahara Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
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