Following on from a pretty amazing Christmas trip with the family, I was extremely fortunate enough to get a leave pass with the wife after convincing her that I was needed as tour guide back in Japan for a couple of friends. 2 trips in one season, awesome! This one is definitely a more focused snowboarding and pow hunting exercise. After several seasons exploring Hokkaido and Nagano/Niigata/Gunma resorts, I had always had my eyes on the Tohoku region as one to experience. So before my first kid comes along, this was probably the best opportunity to get this area under the belt, because it might be a few years before I can wrangle a trip like this again. So the rough plan is: 3 days - Aizu/Urabandai region. Staying Urabandai Lake Resort. Eyes on: Minowa Nekoma Tengendai Kogen 3 days - Iwate/Hachimantai region. Staying Hachimantai Minami Onsen Asahi No Yu. Contemplating: Appi Kogen Hachimantai Shimokura Okunakayama Kogen Amihari Onsen 4 days - Akita/Tazawa region. Staying Cafe & Inn That Sounds Good. Tazawako Ani Shizukuishi 3 days - Iwate/Kitakami region. Staying Hotel Mets Kitakami. Geto Kogen Juenesse Kurikoma I want to try and keep the same flowing trip report to the last which worked pretty well - some daily updates and photos. Fingers crossed for some love from the Baron. Hopefully it's a blast. Fly out tomorrow night. Hoping to be on the slopes Monday lunchtime.