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We had a super fun trip up to Nagano over President's Day weekend. When it snows here in Japan (which isn't often) things tend to shut down. So Thursday night when we looked at the weather report, we decided we needed to leave early Friday morning instead of Friday night as originally planned. The kids and I would drive up and Tom would take the train up after he saw clinic. We made it up there, snowing almost the whole way and toll roads shutting down behind us. We were glad the trains continued working so Tom could get up there about 9:00 at night. We went with two other families and the two other men were kind enough to drive on the very snowy roads to get Tom from the train station.
And it never stopped snowing!!! We had great powder. The sun peeped out a little bit on Sunday, the day we didn't ski, and made Monday a little crusty.
The view from our hotel room.
Our favorite part was the Onsen, no swimming suits allowed, but we tried to be as Japanese as possible and we all really enjoyed it. Even the developing girls. This is Hazel with her friend, Sarah.
Our car after three days of snow.
With snow chains on...Tom just drove out of the pile.
The drive home is normally four hours, because of additonal snow around Tokyo, it took us 9 hours. Honestly, we were just glad we made it home. We have heard it took some people 14 hours and some just ended up getting a hotel-not cheap here in Japan. Super glad we went and hope to do it again next year.