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Question Family trip to Japan late 2019/early 2020

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Peanut, May 25, 2019.

  1. Peanut

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    Hi all,

    Hubby and I have decided that we would like to get a trip in to Japan either at the end of this year or early next year and I would like to pick the brains of the collective wisdom of the forumites. I was doing a lot of research about 12-18 months ago, but I was getting really confused about the sheer volume of information out there, in addition to not really knowing much about the geography of Japan.

    Factors to take into consideration include:
    - Hubby has a reasonable understanding of/ability to speak Japanese, but the kids and I don't speak it at all.
    - Mstr 10 becomes a Mstr 11 on NYE, and would be chuffed if he got to see snow/go skiing on his birthday.
    - I'm a teacher, so I'm limited to going during the Aus school holidays.
    - Neither hubby nor I are keen on driving as it will be our first time over there as a family.
    - Mstr 8 (who will be a Mstr 9 by then) has autism and will only have been skiing for about 4-5 days by then, although we're going down the adaptive private lesson route during our NZ trip in July.
    - We would probably be looking to put the kids into lessons at some point, although may need to consider private lessons as Mstr 8 doesn't do well in group lesson situations. Having access to an adaptive instructor would be a bonus.
    - I'm an intermediate skier, and hubby is an advanced skier, but has dodgy knees, so is usually happy cruising around with me and occasionally pushing me to challenge my limits.

    Based on prior research, I've been thinking that Hakuba is probably best suited to us, although I'm open to other suggestions. I also have no idea of where to look for accommodation or even what is available, so again, I'm open to suggestions. Finally, I'm wondering if it is worth taking our skis. Mine have a waist width of 84mm and hubby's are 88mm. I can't really see either of us wanting to ski off-piste.
     
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  2. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Information overload commence now....
     
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  3. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sounds like your on the right track, Hakuba is easy and has English speaking everywhere, plenty of accom in town, Take the skis if staying on piste IMO
     
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  4. Sbooker

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    I’m no expert on Japan but I would have thought somewhere quiet like Shiga Kogen would be suitable.
     
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  5. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Myoko.
    Purely cause they have the best ski school for your needs.
    Plus the terrain is perfect.
    Plus it gets magical snow.
     
  6. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    My friend has a snowboarding daughter with CP. They found an adaptive instructor at Niseko.

    Your skis will be fine.
     
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  7. Peanut

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    Would this be Myoko Snowsports?
     
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  8. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes
     
  9. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those with English language ski schools and more likely to cater to the above are:

    Niseko
    Hakuba
    Nozawa Onsen
    Myoko
    Shiga Kogan

    I’d probably start by looking which can do an adaptive ski lesson and go from there.
     
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  10. Zimbooo

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    Get in contact with "Red Warehouse" for Myoko (Akakura) accommodation.
    Very close walk (50 metres) to main street restaurants, convenience stores, Myoko snowsports. English spoken, kid friendly.
    http://red-warehouse.com/
     
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  11. Melskius

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    We like Naeba/kagura with kids.
     
  12. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Second for Red Warehouse Perfect for families.Pus best snow.
     
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  13. Roymond

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    Our eldest is Autistic. Niseko base sports have an adaptive program that has been recommended by friends with ASD kids. We didn’t use this - we were originally heading to niseko last year but changed tack and went to sun peaks last year instead. I have not heard any bad things about their adaptive program.
    When I was looking into it, you were restricted to private lessons for the adaptive program.
     
  14. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another vote for Myoko Snowsports and Myoko in general. Super easy to get around and some remarkably good intermediate skiing. Your kids will love the variety of beginner terrain at Akakura Onsen just behind Red warehouse too.
     
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    Thanks Zimboo, Hotsaki, elSpike. We have a son on the spectrum so I think if we can't help you we can certainly point you in the right direction. Myoko would suit really well, particularly staying in Akakura Onsen Village. Myoko Snowsports are great with kids and also work really well with people who have a variety of conditions. You can PM me or drop me an email at bookings@red-warehouse.com
     
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  16. silva

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    I would also steer you towards Myoko, Myoko snowsports and Red Warehouse.
    We are headed there in January with Mstr 10 so let me know your dates - we might end up there at the same time. I know Red Warehouse is filling up fast though so you might want to see what dates are available and book around that.