Nozawa Onsen was used for the biathlon competitions in the 1998 winter Olympics. It is incredible to go snowboarding where the Olympics were held.
What a beautiful view!
(I love the panoramic function on our new Lumix TS4.)
Fred took me on a black diamond run that he insisted was at my level. It was not. I have never been so scared snowboarding. Right over this ledge the slope was practically vertical. Even when I sat on my butt I started sliding down the hill.
Nothing comes close to snowboarding in Japan. It was amazing, and very decently priced (about 50 dollars for the day and 25 dollars to rent equipment).
Fred is now totally in love with Japan. He understands why this is my favorite developed nation.
He really wants to come back next year. We will see!