JAPAN – traveling to Hakuba

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We’ve enjoyed many trips on the Shinkansen (bullet trains). The first one today was from Hiroshima to Osaka – followed by two others leading us ever closer to the ski fields of Hakuba. Japanese rail transport is always on time, so efficient and oh so clean!
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In the big railway stations destinations are listed in English as well as Japanese. Very helpful for the rwo of us.
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We had to take five trains from Hiroshima to Hakuba all up. As we got closer to the end of our days travel the snow got deeper on the rail tracks – even slowing down the last train as we approached Hakuba station.
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This display shows the start of the mountains down which we would ski during the next week. There are many different resorts to choose from each day for skiing.
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Japanese ski lodges come in many different styles and sizes. These were at Echoland – located just near our Black Pine Lodge.
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The entrance to our lodge was well covered with a very large amount of snow – replenished regularly so it always looks white. There’s no dirty sludge here!

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The outlook from our lodge is quite spectacular – even without the sun shining.

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