Compared to the first day, the rest of my excursion to Nagano Prefecture was much less complicated. All I really did was snowboard and eat.
My first day on the Nozawaonsen mountain began with 5 inches of fresh snow overnight. After a quick breakfast at the hotel (toast and eggs), I headed up to the base of the main gondola, bought a 2-day lift ticket and rented a snowboard. I have one in Boise, but it stayed there because it's old and I figured anything I'd rent would probably be newer and better quality--not worth taking up valuable storage space in our apartment.
|Looking up at the mountain from outside my hotel|
|People at the base of the gondola|
When I wasn't on the mountain, I was meandering around town or eating sushi. Since US doctors don't think pregnant ladies should eat raw fish, Sky and I haven't been going out for sushi. I made up for that during my trip by eating sushi all 3 nights.
The town of Nozawaonsen was an idyllic resort town/traditional Japanese hillside village. Very picturesque in all of it's snow covered glory. Here's some town shots from my wanderings.