We didn’t make it quite to the top of the mountain, but our hike in the eastern part of the Japan Alps was on a completely clear Sunday. We could see snow-covered peaks to the Northwest, big stands of birch trees with leaves already turned to yellow, a cold mountain stream stumbling over rocks, and still a few flowers and grass blossoms tucked between rocks and under green ground cover. I’m having fun learning how to use my new (hand-me-down) Canon PowerShot S100 camera.
Besides the skiing–this isn’t far from Nagano where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held–this area is filled with rugby and soccer fields. The 2019 Rugby World Cup will be in Japan, the first time ever in Asia.
We’re staying at a funky family-run ski house called Alice Lodge, outside the little ski village of Sugadaira.