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Advice needed Accommodation in Kiroro

Discussion in 'Japan' started by argento, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    If one is wishing to overnight in Kiroro, is one pretty much stuck with one of the two resorts there?
     
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    cheers mate. Looks like I just might have to hire a car although concerned about not finding my way from Otaru to Kiroro. have you done the drive yourself? is it pretty straightforward getting there?
     
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    Just have navigator on your phone and have downloadet Hokkaido - easy (and much safer than my japanese directionfinder on the co-drivers sitLOL).
    It goes a bit up. Did just Niseko to Otaru over the mountain bypassing Kiroro. (and 4wd)
    Found this a bit away from the station http://www.otarubayrentacar.com/ (only japanese - if the owners daughter is not around).
     
  5. argento

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    so do rental vehicles come with a ski cotainer on the roof and tyre chains by default?
    Which vehicle would you recommmend hiring for two persons (I know nothing about cars)? I'd only be renting it for 5 days to drive for Otaru to Kiroro (and alternatively a good nearby ski place I am currently unware of).
     
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    But most I would think that car rental places would have ski holders for rent right?

    Also, first time in Hokkaido for me. Are there lots of onsens near Otaru and Kiroro?
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Snow tyres not chains.
    Only the trucks/buses etc use chains over there.

    I've seen a few ski racks on rentals. Had them on one of mine.
    More hassle than it's worth cleaning the mountain of snow off and unfreezing the racks to use them every day. Easier to have room in the boot and turf the skis and boards in there IMHO. But YMMV.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had a car a couple year back with racks. Never used them. Seemed easier to just put them in the back.
     
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    Hero pass holders ski free there this year, but think u have to stay Sheraton.
     
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    What's a hero pass holder?
     
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    There's several bus options from Otaru the most direct goes from wing bay shopping centre but other buses link to this easily. It's common to see people hopping on and off buses in town with skis and gear...
     
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    You can bus direct from sapporo station. They told me I should have pre booked but I did not and they still let us on, do check the times!. I believe also from otaru station there is a bus.

    Definitely car can be hired with racks and I used them.

    Drive up there is easy just take it slow

    On the bus I was actually a little freaked out at the speed he was driving
     
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    There's three different bus services, one from JR Otaru and two from OtaruChikko. Where are you staying? We use the Grand Park and the hotel bus service.
    For car rental, checkout Tocoo (booking site). How long are your skis? We rent a compact AWD like a Toyota Echo or Nissan equivalent, with snowboard & MrsB's short skis (160). You would need a Corolla size with longer. We did a walkin enquiry at Toyota Otaru and nothing was available on that day. It can be dark and snowing on the return trip, the buses may be better.
     
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    thanks for your input mate! Really appreciate it. so, are you saying that at the Grand park, the hotel offers a bus service that would take me to Kiroro and back?
     
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    Thanks for the link. Looks wonderful.

    But stayed down the road from? the ski fields?
    what about showers?
    And finally, was is not freezing in the camper van? or did you go outside the peak Winter period?
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Possibly the easiest country to camp in for that exact reason! Onsen!!
    You've gotta do your ritual head to toe showering before getting in for a soak, and they usually have Hire towels, hair dryers etc.
     
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    Plenty of Onsens (Japanese bathing facilities), I left Japan much cleaner than I arrived. The camper had a heater and you can "camp" in the rest areas all over Japan. There's even an app out there that maps them all out. I'll post something on my blog soon about campervan-ing in Japan. Cheers!
     
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