Saturday, February 12, 2011

Snowshoeing at Norikura

We are lucky to have some friends who organized an amazing day of snowshoeing at the Norikura Highlands.

There was a ton of new snow and it snowed all day.

There was a beautiful frozen waterfall.

We remembered how fun it is to play in the snow.

After about 6 hours of tramping along in the snow, we went to the most beautiful onsen we've experienced yet. It was an outdoor pool with milky water and the snow was falling. It felt like a quintessential Japan experience. To top it all off, John sat next to a guy sporting fantastic yakuza tattoos. (This is pretty much the equivalent of a geisha/maiko sighting.)


  1. How utterly beautiful. I am so envious. Your photos of the show covered woods are stunning. Pure magic.

  2. I am so jealous! It's been in the 30s/40s here, so the snow is all crusty on top and beginning to melt and expose all the winter grossness of the neighborhood (apparently a lot of people smoke by the bus stops--who knew?).

    I love how pure everything looks! I'm sure parts of MN look like that too, but not in my hood right now. Did you actually get to snowshoe? And where did you get the shoes?

  3. Yeah, they like their nature pure here. They take it pretty seriously. Although, it was a nature park type place. Maybe Theodore Wirth Park or something for you? We rented the snowshoes for about $12 for the day.