Back to the big smoke

Goodbye Shinazawa lodge, and all the lovely people.

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Back in Tokyo, we finally worked out how to get our auto pass ‘Suica’ cards for the trains. It has only taken us 10 years to work this out.

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Snow replace by neon.

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Eight on a gondola

After yesterday’s less than ideal conditions, today proved to be fantastic. Busy on the slopes, but just great. Best day of skiing ever.

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Koala snowman at the gondola mid station, halfway up the mountain.

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A well earned (Austrian) beer après ski. Great week of skiing and boarding. We will miss you again Nozawa.

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Knee deep in the hoopla

So after the enforced rest day, we had to get back on the slopes. And if that means getting out into heavy heavy snowfall and masses and masses of powder snow, that is what it means. We only got a couple of runs in, coz the visibility was very low, and we were in it above our knees. Still super fun, if a little nerve racking at the top of the slope.

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We earned our cheeses curry. Looks a bit funny, but tastes delicious.

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We also earned out Onsen eggs. Have a look at the waters were they are boiled. This place really is magical.

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Eggz

After a couple of days on the slopes we were both a bit sore today so an enforced recovery day was imposed today. We spent the day wandering around the town, enjoying the views, onsen and coffee.
We stopped to enjoy an onsen egg. Eggs cooked in natural hot spring water. They were divine.

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We went on the moving walk way.

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There were snow deliveries today.

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Lovely sunset views over the town today.

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For dinner we went to an Izakaya called Sakai. We went there last year too. It was good, but the staff were all a little tired (and burnt) from the previous night’s fire festival. One of the delicious tasty treats we had was dried squid cooked in butter.

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We never thought we would hear so many Australians say ‘Onsen’

Look at the snow this morning. Snow depth is 3.5 metres — the most of anywhere in the world right at this moment.

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Later, in town, a villager cooking vegetables in the hot spring waters. They taste real good. The vegetables, not the villager.

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Then, what do you need to do next? Onsen of course. Best bath ever!

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Ok. Then we got wild boar hot pot, and eated it. Yep. We did all those things.

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Snacks on a train

Goodbye Nagoya. Goodbye toyoko inn. Hello all kinds of snacks on a 3 hour train trip and 1 hour bus trip to Nozawa Onsen.

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And here we see the snacking bag — a special, purpose built bit of luggage purely for snacks. You have to keep your options open, you know.

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Beautiful clear views as we climbed up into the mountains, and made into the absolutely magical land of Nozawa. Magical I tell you.

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