Last season, our journey took us to Hokkaido. Japan experienced the worst winter in 60 years, which made us change the plans along the way, following the forecast. We stayed on the road looking out through frost-covered windows, searching for virgin snow and sparse trees in the land of the many pillows. We found all of this and so much more. Going by car through the Japanese countryside, up along winding roads in curvy valleys, gave the experience another dimension. Rippling creeks, waterfalls, and a heavy snowfall accompanied us as we ski-toured to a small hidden bowl, close but not visible from the road. This little gem was a highlight of the trip, and we will most certainly come back here for more the next time we visit.