Yesterday, I went with my family to the Hakodateyama Ski Resort (箱館山スキー場) in Shiga-ken. During the summer months you can take the gondola and visit the valley on top of the mountain. Although the park is more aimed for kids, there is a play ground, swimming pool and a snow mountain. There are many other visitors too, who come to see the many lilies that dot the valley. I didn’t count them, but there could have been around a 1000 different varieties there. There is a magnificent view of Lake Biwa too and you can relax with some kakigori….