As mentioned in my post last week, i went for a weekend trip to Minakami Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. Here are some pics from it!
FYI Minakami is approx 2.5hrs drive from Tokyo or 70mins via bullet train from Tokyo
Minakami is famous as a hotspring town [hence minakami onsen is its name] and is popular as a winter sports destination too [snowboarding etc]
Piece of advice, if you are going to walk along a snowy river bank, do consider wearing boots or shoes with some grip and keeps your feet warm. Do not wear sandals just because you “thought” it would be comfortable in the car ride. You will realise your thin layer of socks does not keep your feet warm. And trying to constant dig/rescue your sandal that has disappeared in the snow…not fun. I’m just saying….
It was a really nice walk. There were a lot of kids playing in the snow etc. But due to an unfortunate “sandal” incident.[See above paragraph] We had to go to the ryokan before i got frost bite in the foot.
Ryokan = japanese traditional hotel [sort of]
And when i wasnt hiding under the kotatsu, i was in the onsen tub!!
The husband doesnt like the public baths so i always get a room with a private onsen tub.
The spring water here is really good. Really helps with my skin eczema!!
And its super hot here XD which is really comfy cos the onsen is an outdoors one. So whilst its all cold out, you get to sit in a nice hot onsen. So comfortableeeeeee….!
For some odd reason, one of the courses was STEAK! But i aint complaining!
Incredibly high quality wagyu steak. omg it was GOOD. Every bite melted in my mouth.
There was a few more courses [rice and soup, dessert etc etc] but i didnt get round to pics. Sorry!
The next morning i got up around 4am [force of habit] and it seems it had been snowing overnight!! I opened the door and i could not see the footpath!!
There was about 8 inches of snow overnight! I went back to sleep cos i figured they would shovel it before breakfast XD
Note: Do not attempt to test how much snow there is by sticking your bare foot into the snow. You might not have been 100% awake at 4am. But afterwards you will be.
Yup the footpath was completely covered so we had to wait for them to shovel before i could make it back to the room
Of course, I know this is nothing compared to a lot of you overseas who are getting tons and tons of snow daily!
I did a few other things on this trip but this entry is kinda long so i’ll do the rest in another post ok?
In non related news, its Setsubun no Hi in Japan tomorrow. For those unfamiliar with Setsubun no hi, dont worry, i will be doing a blog post about this day and what we do, sometime next week.
Also its Lunar New Year for those of you who celebrate it, so to all my readers who celebrate it, Happy Lunar New Year! I wish you a happy and prosperous year of the rabbit.