Madarao showed its most beautiful side to us on our last day with a blue sky, sun and epic views with freshly fallen snow. We hiked up along one of the ridges and got some good footage with the helicopters but the sun heated up the snow a bit too much for us to be able to get the kind of skiing clips we want for the film. Still really fun to ride though and I even think the sun caused some tendency to a goggle-tan…
After skiing, having some lunch (and ice cream, a sunny and warm day demands that kind of refreshing deliciousness!!) we even had time to relax for a while in the hotel’s onsen before packing our stuff and boarded a bus taking us to the city of Nagano! We had absolutely no plan on where to stay for the night since our bus to Hakuba was leaving the morning after so we just took our bags and walked out the station and just looked around for a nearby hotel. The first place we walked in to only had five single rooms where we all could squeeze in if we wanted to but Adam, I and the film-team decided to walk over to another more fancy-looking hotel just across the street to see if they possibly could have a more comfortable solution… We ended up getting two big double bedrooms with a really nice view over the city on the 10th floor. With a huge breakfast buffet included we ended up just paying 2500 yen (~160 SEK / 16 €) more than for the small rooms at the first place!
Linus took us to a sushi-train restaurant for dinner and I just can’t believe how delicious raw fish is!!
We walked around in the town for a bit before going back to the hotel to get some sleep. Me and Adam decided to treat ourselves with getting some massage before going to bed since the hotel provided that service to a very affordable price by a blind man that really knew what he was doing!