My three winters in Fukui, Japan were dreary and inescapably cold. I dreaded the hail-sleet that fell from the perpetually grey skies, as well as the ominous winter thunderstorms that kept me awake at night. The best way for me to steal a moment of warmth was to take a dip in a relaxing natural hot spring, or onsen, which are plentiful in many parts of the country. It's not just the locals who've discovered the virtues of the onsen for keeping warm- for the Japanese Macaques, or snow monkeys, one particular hot spring deep in the mountains is key to surviving Nagano's harsh winter.
Fukui City (Echizen Coast, Fukui City Big Buddha during the Setsubun festival)
Jigokudani National Park (AKA Monkey park), Nagano
Music: A.void- "White Light"
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