Sunday, 1 December 2019

Nagoya Day 6-7: Mt Gozaisho & Shopping at Sakae

DAY 6

We're heading to Mt Gozaisho today, the nearest summit to Nagoya (just 1 hour away by bus).

It is good practice to do these 2 things before going:
  1. Check the bus timings at the Meitetsu Bus Centre at Nagoya Station if you happened to pass by like we did. This helps you plan your day as there are only 1 or 2 buses (and it is usually very early in the morning) from Nagoya Station to Mt Gozaisho.
  2. Check the weather forecast and ropeway opening schedule at their website. The ropeway may be closed due to bad weather.
Clockwise from left: The brochure you can take from the Bus Center which tells you the timing of the bus and routes;
Follow the signs to Meitetsu Bus Center;
 Take the Mei Kotsu bus from Berth 2.

The simplest way to Mt Gozaisho is via the Mie Kotsu Bus from Meitetsu Bus Center.

Left: Cost us ¥1430 per adult and ¥720 per child (one way);
Right: Waiting to board our bus at 8.45am at Berth 2.
In the bus and on our way!
The display panel will show you various languages including English
Getting off our bus

The journey to Mt Gozaisho took approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. We could see the Gozaisho Ropeway very clearly on arrival. The kids and I were so excited!

Gozaisho Ropeway photo opportunity!
We look so cute right?!
View of Gozaisho Ropeway
Left: Weather information provided at base so that you can buy additional winter wear from the shop if you need it;
Right: The Base Station.
Cost of our round trip tickets
(some Japanese buy 1-way tickets as they either hike up or hike down the mountain)

Kids and I love riding cable cars so we were really excited!

More information on our ride and our cable car
Super excited kids!
Left: There're glass panels on the floor for more viewing! So fun!;
Right: View of the mountains as the ropeway climbs up.
Almost to the Summit Station, which is about 1180m above sea level

It was really cold at the summit; approximately 1°C, as you can see on the information board at the base station. Make sure you bring an extra sweater, gloves, winter hat and extra warm leggings!

We started by exploring the Choyodai Observatory, where you can take in views of the city of Nagoya!

We are here at the summit of Mt Gozaisho, 1212m above sea level!
Super lovely weather for photos and take in the amazing view!
It's the view that makes coming here so worthwhile for us!

In case you're wondering about my baby's super unique leg warmers, well the story is: this mummy wanted to save money on brand new leg warmers that baby is only going to wear for the few hours of this trip and never going to wear it ever again, hence I didn't buy any. However, when we were at the summit, it was so cold that her legs started to freeze. I came up with the idea of wrapping our two identical Gryffindor scarfs around her legs and my mum, who is a nurse, decided to put her bandaging skills into action. She did such an amazing job!

DIY leg warmers!
At one of the lookouts where you can take in the view of the ropeway and Summit Station from the mountain
The older kids with the great view of the city

We started to get hungry and decided to grab an early lunch at Restaurant Nature before the place got crowded. There are 2 restaurants at the summit and the prices are really affordable.

Nature Restaurant
Dining with an amzing view!
Reminds me of our honeymoon when we dined on top of Mt Titlis
One of the set meals

After lunch the kids bugged us for ice cream! It is kinda a tradition for the hubby and I to eat ice cream at the summit of mountains!

Enjoying our yummy ice cream!

As were eating our ice cream, we noticed that there were kids playing with snow just below Restaurant Nature! We decided to make our way down to check it out!

On the way we spotted these ski lifts, which only allowed one person to ride at a time and did not have any safety belts hence the kids could not ride it. I was really disappointed that I couldn't ride it to explore the other side of the mountain, which is where the ski slopes will be during winter.
Walking down the road to the snow

The snow was outside the Gozaisho Nature School and Ski Rental Shop, which was currently closed but would be opened during the upcoming winter season in a few weeks.

Although it wasn't a lot of snow, we were still so happy to see it! I was especially happy for my boy, as this is his first time playing with snow!

During winter the entire area will be covered in snow for skiing and snow tubing!
All we need is a piece of cardboard to slide down!
Attempting to make a snowman ☃️ or have a snow ball fight!
Love these snow-covered trees! Perfect photo opportunity! 



You can't really tell but it was really cold. It was extra chilly every time the wind blew! Although there's a lot more to explore, my mum decided that she preferred the warmth of the indoors and volunteered to look after the baby while the rest of us hiked for 10 minutes to Fujimi-iwa Observatory.

The Fujimi-iwa Observatory
It was a pretty easy hike even for kids
That mountain in the middle is Fuji San

We were very lucky that the weather was good enough to offer us a great view of Mt Fuji! It is a beautiful view like this that draws us to explore mountains isn't it? Don't get me wrong, we are in no way outdoorsy, hiking people. We are contented to explore mountains that come fully equipped with ropeways! *laughs* 😂

It was super fun but it was also time for us to go back. There are only 2 buses that take us back to Nagoya Station hence we had to head down to the Base Station to make sure we catch the bus.

Heading back down the mountain and enjoying the beautiful sights along the way
Queue up at this board with the Japanese words that mean Nagoya to board the Mie Kotsu bus back to Nagoya Station

It was almost time for sunset by the time we got back to Nagoya Station. Hence, we decided to have dinner hhere before heading back.

Nagoya Station

We chose Sumibi Yakiniku Sugimoto based on a gut feeling and the good cut of beef they featured on their menu.

Sumibi Yakiniku Sugimoto

We were not disappointed!

We ordered their set meal and some ala carte beef to cook over charcoal. Look at how beautiful the texture of the beef was!
This is one of their premium cuts with just the right balance of fat and meat. So tender with every bite! 😋
The set meal also came with some sides
Cooking our beef over charcoal
We also ordered mushrooms, which were so good as well! 
The drawing was done while waiting for our food to be ready. She had such a memorable day at Mt Gozaisho that she needed capture it in a picture!

It was late by the time we finished dinner so we headed back to our hotel via the subway train.

Heading back with the weekday office crowd

It was good to be back in our hotel and soaking in the onsen after a long day out! Shirawase!


DAY 7

Knowing that we were bringing 3 kids with us including a baby, we added an additional day where we didn't do much so that we can rest. This was one of our rest days where we took our time to explore the area near our hotel.

As usual we woke early to enjoy the sumptuous breakfast that we have been so accustomed to every morning. What a feast!

I'm so going to miss this when we leave Japan!

We headed to Sakae Mitsukoshi after breakfast to start our day of shopping.

Sakae Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi in general is very atas (high class) but the best thing about this place is the huge and well-equipped nursing room!

Rest area, microwave, water dispenser, reading corner and even a weighing machine!
Changing tables and high chairs
Ample waiting space and very spacious nursing rooms

I really enjoyed nursing the baby in this nursing room!

We did a little bit of shopping (not a lot as the things were really expensive) and headed to Ichiran for lunch. We went back to the same Ichiran we visited on our first day of the trip (the one that's on the same road as our hotel) because it was not crowded at all!

Ichiran Sakae

My boy has been begging to go back since the first time he tried it and we decided to fulfill his wish. He was so excited!

Sneaked a photo of how it looks from the inside 😄
My yummy ichiran ramen with extra toppings! 😋

We did more shopping after lunch and had dinner at Kei-Chan, a restaurant we just randomly stumbled across.

The restaurant spans over 2 floors.
We were seated at the second floor.
Kei-Chan English menu

We ordered their speciality set, which is a local delicacy in the area. It comes with your own personal chef!

Cooked fresh in front of you!
Left: Hubby was craving sashimi;
Pig taro grilled skewers was really fatty but it was an absolute hit with my boy! Who knew? 😄;
Pasta for my girl. 
We ended the meal with cake 😋

It was a great last meal at Sakae as we will be heading to Legoland tomorrow. We also enjoyed our last night of free ramen at our hotel.

Best free ramen ever! 😄

If you did not want to waste a day, you can consider visiting TOYOTA Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.

We were happy to take a chill pill and recharge for the theme parks tomorrow! As a mega theme park lover, I can't wait! ❤️


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