One of my most memorable weekends in Japan was spent hiking the snow-covered mountains of Nagano. We also ate our fair share of the regions specialty — soba. A noodle-dish I’ll definitely crave this winter, as the temperatures continue to drop in Newport, RI, where we’re still settling back into our home. Go Nomad recently posted my story of our hike under a canopy of ancient cedars, a trip inspired by Tom’s flipping through Flipboard and finding a photo of snow-covered torii gate (the entrances to series of shrines in Togakushi) just a bullet train away. And so, our adventure began (click here to read!).