The first day being a Sunday, and the crowds were there, although the place was by no means over-run - it only added to the atmosphere. The rented boots were a little over-used, although larger sizes were of limited availability. Lockers were limited, with baggage filling the corners and locker-tops. Vending machines were plentiful, although marginally over-priced as could be expected.
The crowds were definitely enjoying the mild, dry weather, and the restaurants offered good standard Japanese fare; oden,
Hakodateyama is one of the easily accessible mountains in Shiga. Though a little farther than Biwako Valley, it offers a terrain that most often boasts less crowding than its slightly more popular brethren.
You can find a ski/snowboard deal in main JR stations (like Kyoto) with a total cost of 4800 yen for a round trip train ticket, lift, gondola and free drink.
Though the mountain is a bit on the small side, the small amount of time it takes