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Japan 2009 - 2010 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

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

  1. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are they prefectures or towns?
     
  2. Teisto

    Teisto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Poppy I actually am leaving from Sydney so will miss you
     
  3. Poppy

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    We have to leave via Sydney as well so you never know, on the 825pm flight...
     
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    Teisto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    ahh ok ... might see you there then
     
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    Strewth, a pic of a basketballer! Don't they let people carry cameras out of Australia anymore?
     
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    Hey Toto Warmlet
    Just got back on the weekend from Hakuba, I had a big laugh on Friday night after a few drink, just to look down at the the wonderfull toilet that always was heated
    There you were Toto Warmlet [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I laugh for days,,,,thanks, keep up your good work

    Cheers [​IMG]
     
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    This time tomorrow I will be at the Gold Coast waiting to get on a plane [​IMG]
     
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  8. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. Donza

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    When you off smitty?
     
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  10. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    On the 1050 jetstar flight out of cooly on Sunday morning, will be in Myoko on Monday and then nozawa the following Monday. Getting pretty pumped, have had all my gear out in the lounge/bedroom for a while now [​IMG]
     
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  11. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    sweet as bro..you going to update and TR..for all us stuck in warm land.

    then back for FMF? [​IMG]
    why the hell not...
     
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  12. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeh I'm taking my laptop over so Ill put up a few reports with photos, taking my newly acquired helmet cam so I'll see how that goes as well. [​IMG]

    not sure about future, weekend after I get back so I dunno if I will be bothered. Unless my friend scores me some free tickets, but it's not looking likely at this stage.
     
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    Not far behind ya Kaz
     
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    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm not far behing both of you!!
     
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    Last day at work. Fly out tomorrow arvo and will be playing in Myoko on Sunday. [​IMG]
     
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  16. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just leave me some POW smackies [​IMG]
     
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    Will do. Can't guarantee there will be any beers left though.

    Now to just work out the bit to get me to Myoko. Probably should have learnt some useful Japanese phrases.
     
  18. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG] if you're using trains (which I am) then hyperdia.com is your friend. Gives you times and costs. I will be training from Ueno > Nagano > Myoko. I recommend pre-booking this when you arrive in Narita. Also, I’m pretty sure you’re staying at the same hotel as me and if I remember correctly Amy said the hotel will pick you up from the train station in Myoko. Could be worth sending her an email.

    As long as there is Kirin left on tap for my arrival I will be happy!!!
     
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  19. Chuck Norris

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    Wondering if one of the experts can give me some rail pass info, without me having to trawl through all the info here and work it out.

    Getting a shuttle from Narita to Hakuba, so no worries there.

    Then leave Hakuba on the 18th for Kyoto.
    Kyoto to Tokyo on the 20th
    Fly home on the 25th (Narita).

    Should i be getting a JR Pass, or should i just be paying for each leg and the travel around Tokyo individually?

    Your help would be much appreciated!
     
  20. Silence

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    Gear on the bedroom floor - leaving Fri Syd/Gold Coast/Narita with J* - Haks for 2 weeks then tokyo till the 25th wooooooooooooo seems like half the forum will be there
     
  21. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris One of Us

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    Think i might have answered my own question from this Hyperdia site.

    Nagano - Kyoto
    Kyoto - Tokyo

    together would be 23,550 jpy.

    JR pass is 28,300jpy.

    So assuming we use 5,000 jpy worth of travel in Tokyo over the remaining few days, we're better off getting a JR pass. Assume we'd easily use that much, its only something like $10 a day.

    Does that sound right?

    Also, it doesnt look like a Shink runs from Nagano to Nagoya, so its a slow old (4.5 hour) trip down to Kyoto.

    And is it worth paying the extra $120 for the first class (green) pass?

     
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  22. smackies

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    Got the trains sorted, smitty. I'm staying in Shinjuku so from there (at sparrow's fart) to Nagano then Myoko.

    We are staying in the same place. Please keep the noise down.
     
  23. Donza

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    I'm pretty sure a JR east pass won't cover Kyoto.
    see here
    http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/routemaps/shinkansen.html

    Hakuba to Kyoto won't be on a JR east pass.
    better off doing individually

    ahh sorry for 28300
    I see you mean all japan pass.
    my fault
    http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en003.html
     
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  24. benchives

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    I looked extensively in JR pass versus pay as you go. Of course you have the added benefit of not having to buy tickets with a JR pass but it ended up a bit cheaper for me not buying a JR pass. I also couldn't have been bothered organising one if it did come out cheaper.
     
  25. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Green car is not worth it Chuck. Done that leg a few times and it's not a slow old train. Nice and comfy and has some excellent scenery along the way. I'd pay as you go and spend the rest on beer [​IMG]
     
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  26. Chuck Norris

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    Yeah i think i'll pay as i go. THe more i looked into it the less it looked like appealing. The rest will go on Silver Bullets [​IMG]
     
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  27. Petesguitar1

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    Man, this is the hard bit - the last few days. I fly out of Melbourne Sunday 6am to Goldy with J*, then Goldy to Narita. Meet the man with the sign that says Pete and straight on a bus to Morino Lodge, Hakuba. Coming back on the 14th to Tokyo, fly out on the 15th at 8pm. Any thoughts on the best way to get from Hakuba to Tokyo?
     
  28. Sandy

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

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    Read the whole thread, but:

    - Alpico bus from Happo Bus Terminal (Hakuba) to Shinjuku (Tokyo) 4700yen.

    - Alpico bus from Happo Bus Terminal (Hakuba) to Nagano 1400yen. Shinkansen (bullet train) Nagano - Tokyo 7990yen.
     
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    Thanks Sandy - I have read this thread from start to finish and can't thank all of you enough (but if I meet you I will try with beer / scotch)

    Thanks again
     
  30. Chuck Norris

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    If all goes to plan I'll be arriving at Morino Lodge at midday on Thursday the 11th. See you there Pete!
     
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    robbied First Runs

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    Hey Sandy,

    Some friends want to buy avalanche safety gear (transceiver, probe, shovel). Do you think its cheaper in Tokyo or Aus?
     
  32. Sandy

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

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    I've looked at Avi gear in Tokyo, and it doesn't seem very cheap to me. I can take a look within the next week, if you like.

    Fattwins will know how much they are at Hakuba, for comparison.
     
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    We could buy the gear in Niseko too, not sure if it will be cheaper getting it before we come.
     
  34. Sandy

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

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    For anyone heading to Japan soon, I hope you changed your AUD to Yen already.... AUD was around 80yen/AUD earlier in the week, but today it's 77yen/AUD!!!!!
     
  35. skichic

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    Yep [​IMG] Got around 80 on my hotel bookings on the c/card this week too
     
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  36. smitty484

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    Saw that this morning, glad I got mine a few weeks ago. The $A has been flogged against a lot of currencies....
     
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  37. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What are the requirements for hiring a car in Japan? Are there age restrictions? Do you need an international licence? I would have a read of wiki, but it's blocked here at work... [​IMG] what the [auto-censor] have you been putting on there Ian? [​IMG]
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You need an international licence. Not sure of age, but you may need to be above 20 to hire....
     
  39. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That all suits me fine. I should probably read the hire companie's website as well!!
     
  40. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Has anyone been to Kiroro Snow World? I understand it's smallish, but would it be good for 2 or 3 days? Are there accommodation options? All I know is that I stopped there for food on the way to Niseko a few years back.
     
  41. filbert_da_frog

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    Been away with no net access, but sitting at the airport now waiting to board in 2 hours. Can't wait super pumped even with the warmer front coming through will, be shite loads better than in the stupid Brisbane humidity. Will hopefully post some good photos when I get back in 2 weeks. Myoko guy and fatboy thanks for all your help and if I happen to run in to you a beer will be heading your way.
     
  42. benchives

    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    super cold here in tokyo. super crazy excellent japan - i love it herE. Going through tokyo station last night at ten oclock was like a game of frogger!

    on the 10am shink to nagano as the earlier ones were sold out. STOKED!
     
  43. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG] right behind you boys!!!! Getting super pumped
     
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    Mate call in and say hi...I am here by myself for the next 3 weeks .
     
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    No worries mate but I am actually back off to Oz for a wedding. Bad timing as there's a few people who will be around the place. Have fun! [​IMG]
     
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  46. Petesguitar1

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    Heads up - Light green jacket, grey pants, black beanie and usually Red Oakley Goggles - that's me - say hi if you see me on the hill. We leave at sparrows tomorrow morning.

    My +1 and I would like to thank everyone on this site for the fantastic insight into this trip - truly invaluable.
     
  47. skichic

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    Down around 74 today!
     
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  48. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Piggy why didn't you get on the non-reserved car?
     
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    Don't worry pigman ..lifts are closed here so the fresh is still there (unless they open them this arvo ????)
     
  50. benchives

    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    haha [​IMG] if only I paid more attention!!! No worries though had a great trip into hakuba - man I love japan so much, the ppl are so lovely, the scenery is spectacular - the food here is awesome and I haven't even skied yet!!!
     
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