Day started out at Kumanoyu Hotspring by charging up toShibu-ike at 1800m which had half frozen over…
My mission was to find a snow shoe course for the coming winter…
and it was late, there was already enough snow for snow shoeing!!
And check out the size of these hoof prints on the way!!
There were no human prints along the way, but a highway for our furry friends –Duckdeer, rabbits, tanuki, snow-monkeys & bears
after a big climb (for me atleast) of 3.5hrs up to Summit of Mt. Yokote, it was awesome to have the welcoming party below^-^.
Shigakogen-Yokote is Japan’s highest skifield by around 500m, meaning the 2nd Longest Ski season on Earth…I should have known better and taken ski’s…
Hot cocoa & specially made bread, the warm fire, furry friends and talk about backcountry, getting lost, avalanche & rescue inside with Takaso-san made my little adventure something to remember.
Yokote Summit Hutt Bakery would have to be my favorite place to stay in Japan.
With Yokote views like the one above,
and below (which a guest took)…maybe you can understand? Great place for cultural exchange, photography, amateur radio, skiing & snowboarding
Very harsh place to live for the Takaso family,
but unbeatable snow – the silkiest driest powder I’ve ever seen.
Can you understand the feeling?