Friday night we hopped on the shinkansen for a little over an hour to Niigata - famous for their rice, sake and snow - to Yuzawa Onsen.

Thanks to our friend, the onsen ryokan we were staying at was very nice.  We had an amazing dinner and huge breakfast before hitting the slopes at Kagura.

We enjoyed another delicious dinner and relaxed in the onsen.

The next day we did some touring of the town, including sake tasting and mochi pounding - which we ate afterwards.  It was a great weekend and a fitting last snow trip in Japan.