Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Xmas in Japan: Part 3 - Off to Jigokudani

At the Minakami train station
From Minakami, my folks headed back to Kawagoe on the bus, but we decided to utilize our JR rail passes and head to Jigokudani (Hell Canyon)... home of the snow monkeys!  
"Viking" breakfast
On the shuttle bus to the train station
Mind the gap
Nikko on his best behavior to get stickers from the train conductor.  
Soon, the kids got comfy
So did Kimbo.  She's mastered the Japanese, "sleeping while sitting on a train" technique.
Nikko in his happy place... eating snacks, watching doraemon, while riding a train.
And on to the "Snow Monkey" express.  This train had a sweet view.  
Love these Onsens... everything is provided.  You just need to show up.  Get your yukata on and go.. 
Kai = happy
There was no one at the onsen... so I took a few pics.  Not a bad view egh?  One issue with most onsens in Japan.  The temps are too hot for the kids.  Sometimes they'll have 8 tubs... and all are too hot.  
view from the onsen
For dinner, we walked a few blocks to a ramen shop.  We were the only customers.
Awesome hole in the wall with the Sapporo ladies
mmm....
Santa aquarium

After putting our kids to bed...

we went upstairs for a drink in their "igloos".... 

Monday, February 12, 2018

X-mas in Japan: Pt 1 - Getting to Kawagoe



in the airport, the kids were super cute and held hands the whole time.  
Nikko all settled in for the flight.
what a snuggle monster

So many options...
From Haneda, getting to Kawagoe is quite easy... just hop on the "friendly limousine"

Soon the kids were back at Obaachan and Ojiichan's house, jumping around... 
and hiding in the futon closet.

went on a quick jog to get rid of the jet lag

Kai wondering what this is...
Bee aware... 
praying for safe travels

Walking down Claire Mall
Typical Japanese Supermarket campaign...
How you lock up a 10K$ bike in Japan... with a 100 yen lock that I'm sure I could break with a fingernail clipper
Went to the used clothing store to get some jackets for the boys.  Burr....
And ate some amazing food at Sushi-Ro.  One our first stops in Kawagoe... 
They have weird sushi like this bacon cheese sushi there... 
The boys LOVE it...
To hit up all the Kawagoe attractions on our one day there, we went to Yu Yu Land... the onsen.  
Forget why Nikko is so sad here... 
After the onsen, there is a "relaxation room" filled with toys for the kids... 

TVs, tables, magazines, books...
vending machines for french fries, sausages, etc... if you are hungry
beer, which is always nice after a soak.
And Ice Cream vending machine for the kids...
Nikko eating the dinner of champions.  Natto roll and a popcicle
Night night...