My friend and fellow blogger Lori and I spent three amazing days in Mount Zaõ, in Yamagata Prefecture, North of Japan. It was a trip dedicated to photography and we had a blast.
As much as I love Tokyo, it’s always a good idea to take a break and leave the city. Zaõ was the perfect destination.
We stayed at Itoya Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, run by Ito-san and his wife. Ito-san is a ski instructor and he was our guide during our snow shoe (“kanjiki”) trekking up and down Zaõ. At the top of Mount Zaõ, we were greeted by the spectacular “Snow Monsters”. The “Monsters” are trees that the thick layers of frost and wind sculpt into amazing shapes. The mountains are full of these Monsters and walking among them was one of the best things I’ve experienced.
Going up was easy but snowshoeing our way down in powder snow and between the trees was tough and wonderful all at the same time.
Thanks Lori for such a wonderful time and thanks Hitoshi for your valuable help organising our trip!
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