We’ve got flights booked and paid... into Sapporo 4th Feb out of Tokyo on 29th March. Original plan was to do week on, week off skiing and touring. We have a hotel booked in Sapporo for the Snow Festival but nothing else booked in yet. Some or most of you may know that I had a cracking stack at Hotham nearly 6 weeks ago and ruptured both achilles. Since it’s both, recovery will be slow. There’s zero chance of me skiing in Feb/March though I’ve been told I should be fine to travel. I’m really undecided about whether we should come anyway and enjoy the touring though I may still be limited in how far I’m even able to walk in a day. We could change the return flights and cut the touring back by a few weeks. I’d really love to see the Snow Festival but I’m a bit worried about slippery icy ground ( I do have boot chains). So what do the local experts think? Go touring in winter and maybe stick around long enough for some blossom, go for a few weeks or cancel and save Japan for another time? We will be back in 2019 for Rugby World Cup but that won’t give us either snow festival or a chance at blossom.