We were just going to go for the day, but Alex and his girlfriend Kyoko invited us to stay, and since there was a chance to meet some new people and have some drinks, we thought why not!
Ramen for lunch - you cook this one yourself at the table
John bought a 1 litre can of Asahi beer. Just because he could.
A fresh bank of snow was too tempting :)
You're never too old to play with snow
...with pretty trees
Scary doll and a scary boyfriend
There wasn't a castle (just the site of one, standard), but there was this random pretty building
Are you bored of snowy mountain photos yet?!?
Yamagata as a place doesn't really seem to have much to offer - we had a wander round on Sunday but there wasn't anything to see you can't see everywhere in Japan - pretty shrine, a castle site but that's about it. However, we had a really good time and it was worth going for the company alone! We had a really fun weekend and hopefully we're heading back in a couple of weeks time to partake in the only thing most people go to Yamagata for...skiing. I'll keep you posted!