My husband and I thought of celebrating our Christmas in Nagano last year without telling the kids about the plan because we wanted to give 'em a wonderful Christmas present~ a nice and fun childhood memories. We wanted them to play more outdoors which they can't do much here in Fukushima and aside from that, it's the second time around ( went there last summer, same place) and we love Nagano! Many Winter Olympic events were held there and has many winter resorts. Well anyway, since it was a secret getaway for the kids, we bought 'em some snow gears ( snow boots, caps, blah,blah) the time the kids were at school and put all the stuffs inside the cars trunk day before the trip. It was hard to plan an secret getaway but it was all worth it! You should see their reactions when they saw lots and I mean LOTS of powdery snow the time we reached Nagano from 5 hours driving by car! They have no idea of where we were goin' and we just told them that we'll have a 'long fun drive today' and even though it was really a long drive,the kids enjoyed taking trips to the service area coz from there, they'd get a souvenir stamps available at the service area where we took some rest ( toilet, drinks and foods) and didn't get bored.
We reached at the resort and check-in, we told the kids of the plan next day, we enjoyed our Christmas dinner at the resort of course and relaxed ourselves at the onsen( hot spring). Our kids were worried coz they don't have snow gears to wear but when they opened the other bag with their snow gears, they get all excited!
Next day, we took our breakfast, we took or sled, our shovel then Wakaba and Haruka enjoyed playing a lot of snow outside, the sleigh rides, built a snowman, built a kamakura ( an igloo-like snow house~that's why we brought our shovel with us) and we had snow ball fights and enjoyed to the fullest!
I really love seeing them playing around, playing with us! It is such a great experience for them I'm sure! I hope that my girls will always keep these memories in their heart^_^Winter Resort in Nagano
White Christmas in Nagano
Lucky Haruka build snowman together with new-found friend that we met at the same resort that we were staying at.
Wakaba can being pulled by her Dad
Haruka chan, enjoyed snow balls fight with me^_^
Wakaba chan posed for me ^_^
Like mother, like daughter LOL!
Yours truly ^_^
Took a photo of the snowman we made before we left
Christmas dinner at the resort