Tochigi's Mt. Jeans is not named after a pair of pants. Rather, the name is an acronym standing for Joyful Exciting Adventure Nature Sporting. While that may be a mouthful, the mountain is a fun place for a family getaway in the winter, with a snow park that has skiing as well as a lot of kiddy attractions. In the fall, it's a beautiful gondola ride and a great place to have a hike in the brisk mountain air. You can even bring your dog on the gondola - lots of pooches were there when we went. We loved the hammocks and swings put out for guests to play on among the birch groves.
Curious person loves coffee shops, walking, vegetarian food, thunderstorms, and puttering.