A tough start to the season: but we have activities for you!
This has been a really difficult year for snow, not only in Myoko but all over Japan. We haven’t had the ongoing, consistent, deep snow we associate with Myoko. It's been very difficult for us to get out into the backcountry, because there simply is too much brush, small trees and vines for us to safely (and enjoyably) take you out there, It's very frustrating. But we do have some ideas!
First is snowshoe hiking
in the Myoko area. We know some good routes that take us up into the hills, even when it's hard to move in most backcountry areas. Lots of nature to see, a hot lunch on a snow table, and a lot of fun simply exploring.
A unique and very local adventure is going wakasagi fishing
on Lake Nojiri. Chasing the smelt is like ice fishing without the ice, or the cold. We head out in something like a houseboat with opening either on both sides or down the center. There's a heater, and we bring a stocked cooler. Wagering is encouraged (first fish, most fish, biggest smelt, etc.), and wakasagi are delicious! It's not skiing, but it's a lot of fun.
We also can arrange for cultural tours, such as to a local sake brewery (with a tasting), perhaps with a sushi lunch or a visit to see the making of kanzuri, a very special, unique local pepper seasoning.
We're itching to get out into the real backcountry, but Dancing Snow has some fun alternatives as we wait for the big snowfalls ahead! Just drop us a line at email@example.com
and we'd be glad to share more!