I know, I know, its at least 2.5 months to Xmas and I’m already crazy researching & booking Japan-related stuff almost every day for the trip that takes place after Christmas. I even think about it in the shower.
But its only because every Japanese folk out there is going to flock to these popular destinations for their short break & new year celebration as well (since they don’t celebrate CNY), and at last check about an hour ago, all the ryokans with onsens in Hakone & Kyoto, even the pricey ones are booked out. Grrrrr.
So, I’ve decided on plan B. To incorporate some skiing on our trip instead. Bo has been wanting to try, and experience lying on, holding, smelling, feeling powder snow for a while, while I’m just a sucker for power snow, available onsens, snow deers and trying out snowboarding. Plus its only 77 minutes ride on the Shinkansen from Tokyo! Wheee.