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  1. The second (and final) stop on our Golden Week tour was Tengendai Kogen, in Yonezawa, Yamagata. The weather forecast for that day was... not so great. Wind and rain setting in. Was tempted to take in some historical sites instead, but the kid was adamant about trying somewhere new, even if the weather sucked. Doesn't take much to convince me, so off we went. Went through Shirabu Onsen, to the base of the Tengendai Ropeway. Surprisingly small parking lot. Rain was falling in fits, but decided to go all cats and dogs while we were riding the ropeway up. Wind also kicked in, stopping our ropeway car a few times on the way up. The ropeway operator said that it was not rare for the weather at the bottom and top of the ropeway to be completely different: above windy and below still, or vice versa. Anyway, managed to reach the top after a few stops, amid driving rain: Headed to the restaurant, where the other 5-10 people there that day were hanging out, waiting for the weather to clear. Not an auspicious start, but we knew that going in, so could only laugh at the whole situation. Pretty soon the wind and rain settled down, and we ventured out:

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