I had to wake up at 4:30am, it was 4 hours up and 3.5 hours down. Almost the whole way it was snowy/icy and we were the only ones without cramp-ons. I'm super sore today.
But here's the thing: It was totally worth it. The Japanese Alps are beautiful!
The icing on the cake? We saw so many snow monkeys on the way down. I couldn't get a good picture of them but we even saw a baby on a mama monkey's back.
If you're not familiar with Japanese snow monkeys, this should give you an idea of their cuteness:
Pictures from Kyoto and Nara coming soon!!