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Hakuba with a toddler

Discussion in 'Japan' started by StuW, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. StuW

    StuW Hard Yards

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    We are off to Hakuba for the last week of Feb with a 15 month old. Does anyone have advice on where to stay and childminding?
    We were planning Hakuba as it has a day care but just realised it only takes kids from 18 months. There are babysitting services but they look quite expensive.
     
  2. Sandy

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    We did Hakuba without ski in ski out but my partner spent most of the time with him. When she was on the snow we put him in evergreen day care.
     
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    We stayed at Hakuba a few times but never with children, so cant help you much there.
    There are a few hotels,shops etc within a short distance of the main gondola at Happo.
    We always stayed at a hotel 2 minutes walk from the Sakka area ski lifts, but it is a good walk to Happo and back into Hakuba , there is not much going on in the evenings around the Sakka area if you like to go out but really easy access to the ski lifts and the beginner area if one partner is new to the sport.
    We always went in early March and it was generally very quiet,
     
  5. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you have not booked your accommodation at Hakuba contact Myoko Snowsports. They people associated with them who do child minding may take them that young.
     
  6. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We've booked to go to Naeba with our son who will be just under two. Have booked the Childcare at the Prince hotel.

    How old is your child?

    We went to Whistler last year and he was just under one. He was too young for daycare. We found a British backpacker who was doing a season and had a lot of babysitting experience. She came to our apartment every morning, wasn't too expensive and was super convenient. Not sure whether you could arrange this in hakuba.

    I've been to hakuba before and probably wouldn't t choose to go there with kids because the resorts are quite spread out. Leaving the house with ski and kid gear will be a PITA. If you do go to hakuba best hire a car, trying to get around from to resort to Childcare to hotel will be a pain.
     
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    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you want info in Naeba Childcare let me know!
     
  8. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    We did Hakuba in Misorano with a 4 year old last year. We stayed in a very nice pension run by a great Japanese couple.

    At that age getting on and off buses was no big deal. She loved the whole experience. A younger child things would be different and you probably would want to be right near the slopes, or hire a nanny for much of the trip.

    There's some on or near on snow accomodation at Goryu and of course at Happo ( is that Sakka area?).

    When our child was younger we often skied Thredbo but just did the parental swap thing. It was just easier all around. Our lodge was close to the slopes so it was easy to do a midday changeover. We found that attempting to camp out at a base lodge was far too difficult.
     
  9. Donza

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    Hakuba would be one of the last places I would take a Toddler (15 months)... even with a car it would be hard...
     
  10. benchives

    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Imori between goyru and 47 has a great dsycare I've heard
     
  11. Donza

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    It does , also has a Mos Burger.
     
  12. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I never noticed that! That's where my little one did her lessons (Hakuba Snowsports, who were very good). Do you know where they are in Imori?
     
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    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In the building where the food is but out the back, pretty sure it wS new two years ago
     
  14. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wife says Naeba only takes kids from 2 years old.
     
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    What about with drop-off and pick-up by your accom?
     
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    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not easy. Get on bus with gear for you and wife, baby, baby carrier, baby bag, nappies, milk, food etc.

    Go to childcare. Get off hotel bus while presumably everyone waits for you. Get on bus go skiing. Repeat on way home.

    Childcare calls because baby is sick (happened to us in Canada). Ski down mountain. Wait half hour for bus to show up.


    Doing anything with a baby takes ages, you want to be as close to ski in/out as possible.
     
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    At Hakuba, the drop off pick up I've used, if you wait a bit later, there's usually no others in the van(s).
    i.e. It's NOT a "hotel bus". Drop off pick up takes you where you want to go, and you nominate the times for drop off & pick up. You can call the hotel if there's a problem, and they will collect you asap.

    However, ski in/ski out is your best option.
     
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    My two cents .
    - Kids at 15 months still need a sleep (usually) and still use a pram a wee bit..
    So you need to stay super close to accommodation so if need be you can put them down for a sleep.
    -the creche areas in Japanese resorts are pretty good. With food heating options, change tables etc. You do see quite a few people with toddlers there.. Goryu is one of the best IMO

    If you chose Hakuba, I would stay close to a ski hill, and have a car.
     
  19. StuW

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    Thanks for the replies, the ski in ski out option at Naeba sounds best. Might do some more traditional japanese things in places that are slightly warmer than the ski resorts.
    @Budgiesmuggler are you sure the powderhounds website says they take them from 6months?
     
  20. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Stuw just sent you a PM with a bunch of info about Naeba
     
  21. TJ

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    A few places will have in house babysitting at a reasonable cost. Go direct to the accommodation and inquire. We see a lot of guests bringing grandma. This works best especially if they don't ski :)
     
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  23. StuW

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    Ok so Prince Hotel Naeba is 2200 per hour for between 1-2. That being said it is on snow so you get the full time, thanks everyone for their responses. Now just have to work out what I want to bring and what to buy in Japan.
     
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