Hakuba, Part One: Hot Air Balloon

This weekend, Teddy and I went with our work to Hakuba, which is about a six hour drive from here. We went to ride in a hot air balloon and to go paragliding. The fact that I actually agreed to this is hilarious because of my extreme fear of heights.

Yesterday before we went, Teddy and I tried a pasta restaurant near the preschool.

This is a Japanese pasta restaurant called Goemon. They actually have nothing vegetarian, but when we asked, they offered to leave out the meat!

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Here is the salad, which you made yourself at a salad bar.

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We got the minestrone pasta. The only available utensil was chopsticks, which I thought was pretty bizarre, since the restaurant served Italian style pasta.

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I got the chocolate chestnut cake, which literally made me want to sing because it was so delicious.

Afterwards, we drove forever and got to Hakuba, which is in Nagano Prefecture. We checked into our hotel and got bathed at the public bath in the basement, and then soaked happily in the rooftop onsen. That was pretty thrilling.

The next morning, we woke up super early (like, 5:30) to ride the hot air balloon.

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A shot of the mountains.

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It was super cold and misty. I luckily had the sense of mind to pack a sweater.

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Work people in front of the balloon!

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Another shot of us in front of the balloon.

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The hot air balloon was really cute.

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Inside the balloon!

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Here is a shot from the balloon, about 100 feet up. Luckily for me and my fears, the balloon was tethered, and you only were up for about 5 minutes.

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The mountains.

Well, that is all for the hot air balloon! The next post will be about paragliding!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shannon
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 17:58:31

    Stunning scenery!!!


  2. Shirley Donehoo
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 21:42:58

    You’re braver than I am! I wouldn’t want to be up 100 feet in a balloon. That’s way too high for me! The scenery is beautiful, though. The desserts looked really good.


  3. Marie Elder
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 14:11:20



  4. Barb Lange
    Oct 16, 2013 @ 17:59:26

    Amazing!! I am jealous……….so beautiful! Good for you Jen, overcoming your fear of heights.


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