First thing this morning we left our hotel in Hiroshima to drive three hours to Kurayoshi, where lunch was waiting for us. The whole area was still white from the last snowfall, so we had an incredible view of the snowy mountains from the windows of the Kyukamura Hiruzen Kogen Hotel.
Lunch was several types of Wagyu beef, cooked ourselves on our own hot plates with a host of other seafood and traditional regional dishes.
Right after lunch we went outside to find some fresh air, but we ended up sliding down a snowy slope on childrens sleds!
From our lunch we went straight to Kurayoshi for a tour of the historic town, where most of the original wooden buildings still remain. But the first stop was to a small workshop and store which makes Hakota dolls; paper mache dolls which are painted and used to celebrate girls day as well as other traditional practices. Our job was to paint the faces onto our own dolls, which was fun and hilarious at the same time!
After our tour of the town it was time to check into our hotel for the night, a Japanese style inn and On Sen - hot spring baths. Misasakan is truly what you would expect a traditional Japanese inn to be, with Tatami mat floors, thin sliding doors and a futon mattress on the floor. After an hour relaxing in the hot baths of the On Sen we all met for another massive dinner of hot pot, more wagyu beef, sashimi, tempura and so much more!