Those two words were all it took to get me on a bullet train out of Tokyo.
Destination: Nagano. The city name was familiar….ah yes, the 1998 Winter Olympics. 13 years ago.
A silver lining to all the cold weather I endured in Japan during Winter was the chance to see snow monkeys, or Japanese macaque as they're formally known, in actual snow. Playing, digging for food, and hanging out in a custom built snow monkey onsen.