The original plan was to do a day tour of Shirakawa-go from Kanazawa. Mom and I tried to buy bus tickets as soon as we arrived in Kanazawa. However, we were told that all the seats were sold out already for the season! We felt so bad! We rushed to the Tourist Office and tried to arrange for private transport, but it came out too expensive (because we also would have to hire an interpreter). We were getting really worried because everyone, especially the kids, looked forward to a “winter wonderland” holiday. Mom asked the tourism officers what they could recommend as an alternative to Shirakawa-go, which the kids could enjoy. They recommended Ichirino Ski Resort. They told us that we didn’t have to reserve bus tickets. We just need to be at the bus stop really early so we could get seats. Oh, and there’s only one trip per day. The bus leaves Kanazawa at 7 a.m., and it leaves Ichirino at 4 :30 p.m., which meant that we had over 9 hours to spend at Ichirino!
We went to Ichirino on Dec. 30. We were at the bus stop before 7 a.m.
Here’s Mom, Caron, Kokok, and Homer:
Catie, Maia, and behind them is my SIL (sister-in-law) Angela :
Ichirino is about an hour away from Kanazawa.
The sights on the way:
The kids were so excited!
Finally, we arrive at Ichirino!
We thought that we wouldn’t be able to use the strollers! It was a good thing we brought them because the little ones were able to take their naps comfortably in the strollers.
Julian couldn’t wait to get his hands on the snow!
Across the street from the bus stop:
We’re heading to the ski resort.:
We went inside the ski resort, and we reserved a table for us at the dining area.
The kids were so eager to play out in the snow but it was freezing out there and we couldn’t send them out if they’re not wearing the proper outfit. They need something more to protect them from the cold!
I bought Julian new snow gloves here.:
We were told that we could rent out ski outfits at this store: (This was a 5-minute walk away from the resort.)
Underneath Julian’s ski outfit is a Heatech shirt, a sweater, and a bubble jacket:
The (rental) store:
There were a lot of people!:
Catie and Julian:
The other kids were taking long, so Julian and I walked back to the ski resort.:
This is the dining area of the resort. Julian’s ready to play outside.:
There were so many people that day! Mostly, if not all, locals. We love the place because it’s really for kids!
Here’s Julian waiting for his cousins.:
Meet my niece, Charlize (Charlie for short). She’s my brother’s youngest daughter, and she is such a cutie-pie!
She was only 10 months old when we went to Japan. She recently turned 1 year old.
On Dec. 28, we we’re scheduled to go to Kanazawa from Kyoto. We booked reserved seats on the JR Thunderbird.
Waiting for our train:
Everyone swooned over Charlie, including me.
Here are some photos of the sights we saw along the way:
There was heavy snow at one point.:
Charlie entertained us, and made our 2-hour train ride simply delightful!
Charlie showing her tongue to Lola.:
It was snowing in Kanazawa when we arrived!
The kids were so excited!
I brought them to our hotel, Dormy Inn, to check-in. Then I went back to the Tourist Information Center, where Mom was, to arrange for our trip the next day.