Woke up at 5 and 8 of us were on the road by 6.
We drove for 2 hours through the Japanese countryside:
and snowy mountain roads:
then found powder paradise:
Needless to say, we were pretty excited:
We showed our appreciation and worshipped the Goddess of snow by spreading her offerings around … until we couldn’t take anymore and partook in the ritual of bathing in thermal waters granted to us by mother earth.
We were then blessed with more offerings from the sea as we filled up on sushi: