Our room at the Akan yuku no sato Tsuruga is frakking enormous. The biggest so far. So is the hotel. We were driving down a quiet snow covered rural road and we drove down a small drive away and this behemoth of hotel loomed up out of nowhere. Our room has a hot tub on the balcony overlooking Lake Akan. Frozen Lake Akan. This is the first time we've seen so much ice since Antarctica. We can also see snow mobiles zooming across the lake.
Dinner, thank god we made it, is also enormous and lavish. This is a luxury ryokan after all. Dinner is served at a sunken table in our room. Lots of crab dishes. Crab is the local speciality.