Day5- Suwa Lake

We went to Suwa Lake by car, it’s hard drive so Shigeo took the wheel. It wasn’t long before we were in deep snow.

Cosy

Cosy

The right kind of snow?

The right kind of snow?

Short comfort break

Short comfort break

Snow on the mountains on the way to Suwa Lake

Snow on the mountains on the way to Suwa Lake

A cold and surprised Brandon

A cold and surprised Brandon

Sky resort

Ski resort

Roads getting worse the further we go

Roads getting worse the further we go

This region has snow all year round, unlike London they are used to it and nothing stops except for the most dangerous of storms, we saw people putting chains on their tyres.

This region has snow all year round, unlike London they are used to it and nothing stops except for the most dangerous of storms, we saw people putting chains on their tyres.

It's a shame there was no where to stop on this narrow road as the countryside was so beautiful lots of small rivers with rocks and ice, I couldn't do it justice taking photos from the car window, just a blur.

It's a shame there was no where to stop on this narrow road as the countryside was so beautiful lots of small rivers with rocks and ice, I couldn't do it justice taking photos from the car window, just a blur.

I heard that London was covered with snow at the same time.

I heard that London was covered with snow at the same time.

Suddenly roads are clear, Japan is an amazing place 20 minutes drive and the landscape changes, we still have to return in the snow later tonight!

Suddenly roads are clear, Japan is an amazing place 20 minutes drive and the landscape changes, we still have to return in the snow later tonight!

Follow the red nissan driven by Masahiro

Follow the red nissan driven by Masahiro

We arrive at Suwa, not a snow flake in sight

We arrive at Suwa, not a snow flake in sight

We visited a Sake brewery (I forgot to photo the entrance (doh!)

We visited a Sake brewery (I forgot to photo the entrance (doh!)

Rie explains to Granda what the place is all about

Rie explains to Granda what the place is all about

The brewery has a wonderful dolls display for childrens (girls) day which is in March

The brewery has a wonderful dolls display for childrens (girls) day which is in March

These dolls will be very expensive, not sure how they enhance the Sake experience

These dolls will be very expensive, not sure how they enhance the Sake experience

I've got to admit it is a nice display, imagine keeping it clean

I've got to admit it is a nice display, imagine keeping it clean

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

Free samples anyone? Marvelous!

Free samples anyone? Marvelous!

When in Rome...

When in Rome...

You get to taste their entire range of Sake, fortunately that is only 7 bottles or so.

You get to taste their entire range of Sake, fortunately that is only 7 bottles or so.

The range of flavours is immense, from almost like Vodka in strength to soft and floral to very sweet.

The range of flavours is immense, from almost like Vodka in strength to soft and floral to very sweet.

A traditional Soba noodle shop for lunch

A traditional Soba noodle shop for lunch

Eating noodle soup with chop sticks is quite difficult

Eating noodle soup with chop sticks is quite difficult

Granda is managing ok, this may take some time.

Granda is managing ok, this may take some time.

Granda and me had hot noodles, everyone else went for cold noodles

Granda and me had hot noodles, everyone else went for cold noodles

Suwa Lake, on a very rough day

Suwa Lake, on a very rough day

Reflexology pavement!

Reflexology pavement!

Take your shoes off and do the course

Take your shoes off and do the course

Halfway through, why did I start this?

Halfway through, why did I start this?

Need I say more?

Need I say more?

Getting our feet wet - volcanic heated foot spa

Getting our feet wet - volcanic heated foot spa

Lovely and warm

Lovely and warm

The lake, shame it was such a windy day as the boat trips were shut.

The lake, shame it was such a windy day as the boat trips were shut.

These unusual boats were closed due to strong winds :-(

These unusual boats were closed due to strong winds 🙁

Another Sake Brewery

Another Sake Brewery

This on brews the Sake on the premises and Rie asked if we could have a tour of the brewery, they said you have to book ahead.

This one brews the Sake on the premises and Rie asked if we could have a tour of the brewery, they said you have to book ahead. But they said ok as we have come from London. 🙂

So much Sake, so little time.

So much Sake, so little time.

It's a very small brewery, just about a dozen or so of these tanks.

It's a very small brewery, just about a dozen or so of these tanks.

Shall I go up the ladders?

Shall I go up the ladders?

The guy was stirring the bubbling rice

The guy was stirring the bubbling rice

There was a strong but pleasant smell of fermenting rice.

There was a strong but pleasant smell of fermenting rice.

Rie's Father takes a look

Rie's Father takes a look

The guy explains the complex process, in Japanese :-(

The guy explains the complex process, in Japanese 🙁

Different tanks for different grades of sake.

Different tanks for different grades of sake.

Something special about this one.

Something special about this one.

This is a all wooden filtration system used only for the finest sake.

This is a all wooden filtration system used only for the finest sake.

The wood gives it a completely different flavour.

The wood gives it a completely different flavour.

And so the tours ends.

And so the tours ends.

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