Almost like a preminision, I was focused and determined to return to Japan in 2020. And 1 year after our first visit we took the new ANA direct 10 hour flight Perth to Tokyo. January 2020 seemed fine. I mean we weren't to know the travel restrictions to come just a couple months later, but Im forever grateful we took this trip and managed to get home just days before the first of many COVID lock downs began.
The trip, like the first a year ealier did not dissapoint, although I'd be lying if I didn't say we could have done with more snow. Myoko region is known for its high snow fall, however 2020 was not the best season. That said, we skied every day and all the fields remained open. Just not fresh powder.
Myoko is a stunning region, about 5 hours drive west of Tokyo. We arrived in our hybrid rental car at our AirBnB cabin late on day 1 and it was typical Japanesse greeting. The host came out to greet us in the early evening fog, helped us into our house and half an hour later, delivered bowls of hot Ramen to our door. His kindness and friendship sustained throughout our entire 2 weeks. I love Japanesse hospitality.
The first few days we skiied at Shinano-machi Kamiminochi-gun. It has one of the longest runs in Japan, around 9km. After reaquanting ourselvs with how to snowboard we went straight to the top. I lost the boys most days as they decended away from me.
Life is for living. These trips to Japan with my kids will be memories I'll cherish forever and I can honestly say its the best way you can ever spend money. Because money comes and goes, but opprtunites like this are rare and as we've all learnt in 2020, we can't take anything for granted.