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.