When we checked into Shimaya ryokan (a japanese style inn) I learned that we would have to wait until tomorrow to see the snow monkeys. Booo!
Ichiro Yumoto and his wife were so accommodating. They dropped us off and picked us up where ever we needed to be, as part of the price of the room.
They offered to take us to an outdoor onsen up the hill. Onsens are natural hot springs and are very popular in Japan. Usually they are separated by gender because you are supposed to go in naked. I am sure they thought it was weird that we wanted to go in one together, with bathing suits of course.
Ichiro dropped us off at a noodle restaurant. I had been craving udon all day. It was so good.
When we were done eating Vinny tried to tip the waitress. She looked like she wanted to slap him. But when I tipped with candy, she was so thrilled. Tipping with candy has been fun because they excitedly, and graciously accept. I brought See's peppermint twists and mini Disney candy canes.
We walked back to the ryokan, in the snow.
Tomorrow... snow monkeys!