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Japan 2009 - 2010 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Julia Gillard, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Julia Gillard

    Julia Gillard First Runs

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    I was told to start this one too, of course we can have a Niseko and Hakuba dedicated one as well, keeping in line with the hard work of main street in the Big White threads that started years back [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  2. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Looking at 2 weeks in Feb 2010. Tossing up the idea of Rusutu with Kioro Snow World, and a couple day trips to Niseko. Looking forward to a gain in the $A against the Yen....
     
  3. Toto Warmlet

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    I dunno.
    How big is a piece of goodness?
    I struggle with this all the time.
    I wake in sweats at night. My doc assures me I don't have lymphoma.
    To chill out in Hirafu or to hit the road in Honshu, that is the question.
     
  4. Julia Gillard

    Julia Gillard First Runs

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    As you have such hard decisions to make....

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    Geez that is an advanced model, a Nexus?
     
  6. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks similar to ours, which is a Toto.
     
  7. Julia Gillard

    Julia Gillard First Runs

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    No idea your the Toto expert, I just Googled Toto Warmlet [​IMG]

    We can only wish for advanced toilets like this in Australia, the best we get is a dual flush variety [​IMG]
     
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  8. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    I find it violating when they squirt you in the bum. Haha.
     
  9. Karen97

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    Thanks to Jetstar, I am going back again in Feb [​IMG]
     
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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    No USA for you then in 2010 ?
     
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  11. snowjunky

    snowjunky Hard Yards

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    Re the pic of the fancy toilet buttons, reminds me of my first night on my first trip to Japan last year in a hotel in Ueno where standing over the loo I experimented with one button, filled both nostrils with high pressure water jet, staggered back, slipped on the floor and lay there watching the light fitting fill with water. Talk about Funniest Home Videos winning entry!! Wonder if I could re-create it?
     
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  12. Karen97

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    I struggled with the decision for about 5 mins, the deal was too good to pass up!
     
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  13. rangerider

    rangerider A Local

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    Where are you heading Karen, back to Nagano?
     
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    Karen97, what was the deal that was so good? Excuse my ignorance is Jetstar only offering the $400 fares out of Melbourne?
     
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    So what is the cheapest way to get to Japan? Thats a fairly open question I spose. Gotta be able to convince the +1 I can do it cheap in late Jan 2010. Got two kids, 13 & 10 as well.
     
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    Wannabe there are Jetstar sub $500 FARES OUT OF Sydney also - at least there were yesterday
     
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    Thanks sj...........goody I'm on it 2moz.
     
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  18. Karen97

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    Yeppo, Hakuba for the 3rd year [​IMG]
     
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    sara777 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I am hoping for Hakuba, Hakkoda, Nozawa onsen and Shiga Kogen, hopefully late January on my way from Europe! [​IMG]
    Haven't book flights yet as I am waiting for other people and as it will be "round the world" ticket, couldn't take the advantage of cheap JetStar flight... I am "the last minute and then change it all again" girl [​IMG]
     
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  20. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Well I am scrapping Hokkaido in favour of Honshu this time. Looking to travel to Nagano region. But I have to find a place that suits high intermediate, off piste, powder lovers as well as those that aren't really interested in skiing and some cross country thrown in. Should be fun researching.
     
  21. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    There are some cross country trails at Hakuba.

    How long will you be in Japan?

    As for central Japan, you should consider both Nagano Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.... combined, they have around 1/3 of all of the lifted mountains in Japan (well, there around 190 in those two alone!!! )
     
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  22. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    I will be in Japan from 7 – 20 Feb. I had considered Hakuba, but from reading reports on this forum it seems like the Aussie invasion has taken over. I enjoy going to Japan to experience the Japanese culture. It was one thing I really preferred about going to Furano over Niseko.

    I haven’t really decided on anything and am open to the idea of travelling to Niigata prefecture as well. I hadn’t planned on organising anything, but with these cheap fares that were released I couldn’t say no.

    Are groomed cross country trails rare in Japan? I was reading up on Wikiski and liked the sound on Nozowa Onsen. My mum and dad don’t ski much, mostly drink wine, read books and enjoy relaxing in the snowy environment, but they do get on the cross country ski’s a little.

    There is just too much to choose from in Japan, they should have less variety as it would make choosing a destination easier [​IMG]
     
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  23. rangerider

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    Good stuff Karen, I loved the place and got a taste of how good it can be towards the end of my trip. The other days were mostly bluebird with good conditions up high. I'd go back in a flash but with a car next time. How were the conditions for you the first time you went?
     
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  24. Donza

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    I reckon you have a look at Nozawa and Myoko. Nozawa has XC trails. An amazing village and culture.
    Its near Myoko. Also pretty easy and cheap to get to and from Nagano city.
    From Nozawa your olds could check out the monkeys as well.
     
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    Hey guys,

    Me, my gf and 3 mates are booked for 3 weeks in February.
    This is our first time to Japan.
    Im thinking we spend 3 or so days in Tokyo then head south to the Nagano area (Hakuba) for about a week.
    Then we can head north to Niseko/Furano for about a week then back to Tokyo.

    What do you guys think?
     
  26. Froggy

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    Hey guys that Jetstar Deal is 500 back to melb as well so I got two tickets to Tokyo for $1000 all up (incl food and entertainment). You can still get some tickets I believe
     
  27. Donza

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    I think you'll have heaps of fun and need to check cheap tickets from Haneda to Chitose or even better Asahikawa.
     
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  28. rangerider

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    Yep sounds like a great trip, you and your mates will have an awesome time. If you haven't been to Tokyo before you'll love it. Catch the Shink from Tokyo to Nagano if you're not too tight on funds.
     
  29. Sandy

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    Nagano is actually northwest of Tokyo.
     
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  30. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or catch the bus directly to Hakuba if you are.
     
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    Went to Hakuba in Feb, had an amazing time. Thinking of checking out Niseko, or a smaller resort somewhere in Japan. Would be keen on going back to Hakuba but for the two weeks I was there in Feb i didn't see much snow :(. Ahh decisions.

    is ~$500 each way syd-tokyo a good deal?

    Cheers
     
  32. rangerider

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    Not crazy cheap like some of the JS fares around but more than reasonable I think.
    Who with?
     
  33. rangerider

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    Or Sandy will swing through and pick you up. [​IMG]
     
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  34. Donza

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    Its Normally 980-1000 pax return with taxes.

    Book gold coast tokyo return.
    It will be 400 bucks return.
     
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    Depends what you are comparing against. I reckon its pretty bloody good. Don't get sucked into a cheaper fare to Osaka unless you are getting a air connection to the Nth Island. Compare the price against going anywhere else in the Nth Hemisphere to see how good it really is.
     
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    That was with JS rangrider.

    The best I can find on Jetstar is departing 31st Jan - returning 18th feb, for $958.98. Pretty good i suppose.
     
  37. Donza

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    here you go... so cheap from the goldie.
    Booking Summary$209.5011 Feb 10AUDPer PassengerOOL - 10:50 AM
    NRT - 18:30 PM
    $192.9618 Feb 10AUDPer PassengerNRT - 20:20 PM
    OOL - 6:10 AM
    Departure Total$419.00Adult $147.71
    Passenger Movement $47.00
    Safety and Security $4.24
    AU Int Passenger SC $10.55
    Airfare per paying Adult $209.50
    2 x Adult Subtotal $419.00
    Return Total$385.92Adult $147.71
    JP Int Passenger SFC $34.70
    AU Int Passenger SC $10.55
    Airfare per paying Adult $192.96
    2 x Adult Subtotal $385.92
    ADD-ONS Total$0.00EXTRAS Total$0.00
    Travel Insurance $0.00

    Carbon Offset $0.00

    Comfort Pack $0.00

    Entertain Me $0.00

    Excess Baggage $0.00

    Feed Me $0.00

    Parking $0.00

    Gold Coast Lounge $0.00

    Extra Leg Room $0.00

    Extra Leg Room $0.00

    Credit card fee $0.00

    CS $0.00

    BO $0.00
    Total PriceAUD$804.92 for 2 people.
     
  38. Donza

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    Soo 400 each.
    Book a cheap flight to goldie on any carrier
    Boom.
     
  39. smitty484

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    In fact, you could probably get a 2 for 1 deal to the Gold Coast. You just might have to stay at night in the Gold Coast. Still a lot cheaper than 1000 each.
     
  40. rangerider

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    Its all good IF JS are on their game.
     
  41. Froggy

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    It's 1000 all up for 2 people. That's what you *should* be getting as the price. That's including food and entertainment (food one way) and from Melbourne, it's a little more than 400 if you watn to take luggage, it's carry on only when it's a little cheaper.
     
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    Yeah, we have luggage as well and paid just under $700 each. That's Melbourne to Goldy, Goldy to Narita return. It's a little bit more but still a pretty good deal I reckon.
     
  43. sli1

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    Same. Relative to any other Nth hemisphere flights, your miles in front.
     
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  44. Donza

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    Damn relative to NZ (up until this year) as well.
     
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    Yep, the flights to japan were cheaper than our flights to NZ.
     
  46. Karen97

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    08 was fantastic! I had so much fun trying to learn to ski in powder. Fingers crossed that 2010 is epic for Japan [​IMG]
     
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    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    For those who have driven in Japan before, how did you manage following street signs? Do hire cars come with english speaking GPS systems?
     
  48. Sandy

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    There are no street signs....... In Japan (well, more so in the cities), streets don't have names, and houses do not have street numbers.

    SOME hire cars come with English speaking GPS, but many are in Japanese.
     
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    we hired from TooCoo..and they have a step by step guide on their website with their Japanese GPS..it was a bit nerve wracking at first,but was no sweat in the end.
    The Japanese GPS has a great feature where you key in the phone number of your intended address....never failed.
     
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  50. smitty484

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    Thanks guys. Tossing up whether I drive or use public transport. The thought of travelling on roads where I cant read exit numbers is a bit daunting, but all part of the adventure I suppose.