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Japan 2009 - 2010 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

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

  1. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    No worries mate - have fun and enjoy!!!!
     
  2. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Thanks to all those that helped with planning this trip. Off to the airport now [​IMG] [​IMG] Hopefully i'll have a semi-detailed TR when I return.
     
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  3. ratherb@thesnow

    ratherb@thesnow Hard Yards

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    good luck Smitty, happy snow days
     
  4. Sandy

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

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    Updated Crew List

    Hakuba
    fattwins: Hakuba resident
    damian: Hakuba resident
    timmyhugecans: Hakuba resident
    HakubaBCbum: Hakuba resident
    TJ: Hakuba resident
    El_Guapo: 22nd – 28th Dec
    andrew7 +4: 26th Dec - 10th Jan
    Sandy: 27th Dec - 3rd Jan, 7th - 10th Jan, 20th - 23rd Feb, (& 7th -12th Feb)
    IanD + 3: 4th - 14th Jan
    Rowdy: 7th - 20th of Jan
    buzzy plus +1: 10th - 24 January
    rugbyskier: 11th - 21st Jan.
    pigface +1: 6th - 11th Feb
    Karen 97: 7th - 17th Feb
    Charles: 2th Feb - 9th Feb
    bdenny4: 7th Feb - 16th Feb
    Stovemiester x3: 8th – 18th Feb
    Sandy, TOFF(plus son), Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Woggybot 8th - 12th Feb
    Chuck Norris: 10th to 17th Feb
    snowishing: 12th - 27th Feb
    skchic: Feb 13th to 19th Feb
    Smackies +4: 15th – 20th Feb
    Mr_Ed +1: 30th Jan - Feb 9
    Dave +1 21Jan- 30Jan Hakuba
    Skido +3: 19 Dec - 22 Jan, 27 Feb - 7 Mar
    shred_gnar: 24th - 30th Jan
    Jemz79 +1 20th Feb- 6th Mar

    Meeting place: BBQ every Friday evening, Hakuba WhiteHorse Arctic Hotel

    Nozawa Onsen
    El_Guapo: 4th - 6th Jan
    Sandy: 31 Jan - 1 Feb
    Filbert +5: 7th – 12th Feb
    Smackies + 4: 10th- 15th Feb
    Snowjunky Feb 7 to 12 (Mark's Villa)
    bdenny4: 16th Feb - 19th Feb
    Smitty484 & gregry: 15th – 20th Feb.
    shred_gnar: 4th - 8th Feb

    Myoko Kogen
    Myoko_Guy: 20th Dec – 3rd Jan, Feb TBA and possibly April
    Smitty484 & gregry: 7th - 15th Feb
    Smackies: 6th -10th Feb.
    Filbert +5: 12th – 16th Feb
    JT and Japanuary Crew: 15 Jan - 22 Jan.
    brel: December - March

    Shiga Kogen
    El_Guapo: 30th Dec - 2nd Jan
    snowjunky: Feb 12 to 20 (Sunroute)
    Sandy: 20th - 23rd March
    shred_gnar: 30th Jan - 4th Feb

    Kagura/Naeba
    Sandy: Feb 27-28th, Mar 6-7th,

    Hokkaido
    Sli1: Hokkaido Jan 29 - Feb 13
    Grug: Sahoro All season
    ausi ski bum: Arrive: 21 Feb 10 -- Depart: 13 Mar 10 -- Where: Furano, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Sahoro and Tomamu plus Osaka

    Niseko
    Go Native: Niseko Resident
    JOSAF: Niseko for the season- 5th Dec - 25th March
    gjw411: 2nd Dec – 8th Feb
    Foxhound: Niseko 26th Dec - 6th Jan (staying at AAC Niseko).
    Crystal: 28th Dec - 17th Jan
    Foxpuppet+3 and 2 Finns: 5th Jan - 25th Jan
    Mrstr_Chief: 12th Jan - 22nd Jan
    LTB + the bumpin' clan: Hirafu 20th – 27th Jan
    Snow Addict: 27th Jan – 4th Feb
    RatherB@thesnow: 30th Jan - 10th Feb
    snowishing: 1st - 11th Feb
    robbied: 12th – 28th Feb
    TOFF(+ son), Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Woggybot 12th - 19th Feb
    Peejay + 2: 24th Jan - 3rd Feb
    Tex + 3 27th Jan - 2 Feb
    shred_gnar: 15th - 24th Jan

    Furano
    spaceman347: 25th Dec - 27th Jan
    FuranoFreshPow - Resident
    Pain Seeker: Furano 1st-12th Feb

    All over the shop:
    Rabidk9: Honshu & Hokkaido - 20th Jan - 08th March.
    Ianski +1: Undecided 6th March onwards for 12 days
    TOFF, Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Teisto and Woggybot NOW confirmed : 2 weeks
    blutek: Rusutsu, Kamui, Kita Taisetsu (mid Feb - Mar)
    Foxpuppet +3 ZAO - 2nd to 4th Jan
    Heinz: Northern Honshu (Inawashiro, Onikobe, Getou Kogen, Hakkoda) Jan24-Feb04

    Travel
    http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi - Train timetables and fares
    http://keinanbus.com/english/index_e.htm Transfer bus - Myoko and snow resort transfers
    http://myoko-nojiri.com/access/
    http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass/
    http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/charge/index.asp

    Accommodation
    http://myoko-nojiri.com/hotels/ - look for the links to each resort area
    http://www.naganogo.com/nozawa-onsen-accomodation/
    http://www.ski-resorts-japan.com/resort-accommodation
    http://nozawaonsen.com/english.html
    http://hakubaconnect.com/
    http://www.whitehorse-hakuba.com
    http://www.penkepanke.com/english/ (Hakuba)
    http://www.hakubalunahotel.com

    Snow reports
    http://myokokogen.net/weather.html
    http://www.naganogo.com/places/nozawa-onsen/
    http://www.snowjapan.com - look for [Resort Name] Now! reports

    Snow forecast
    http://www.snow-forecast.com
    http://myokokogen.net/snow_alert.html - snow reports/forecast by email

    Back Country
    http://www.myokokogen.org/mbss/english/index_e.php
    http://myokokogen.net/nordic.htm
    http://steepdeepjapan.com

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    For people at Hakuba, don't forget, drinks at the WhiteHorse Hotel, Wednasday 10th Feb, from around 6:30pm.
     
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  5. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    For interests sake, travelex selling yen at 68.6 at the airport.....just goes
    to show why you NEVER walk up and buy at the airport!
     
  6. Sandy

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

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    The airport WHERE???
     
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  7. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Sorry, coolangatta
     
  8. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Back home now and need a rest.

    Before leaving though caught up with Sandy and Teisto for a nice dinner on Friday night in Shinjuku. [​IMG]
     
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  9. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Just arrived in Sutton Place Ueno after a HUGE day. Delays getting out of Cooly airport due to rain and then just the adventure of catching trains in Japan with only english speakers in the group. [​IMG] was fun though. On the 9.26am shink tomorrow and pretty excited.
     
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  10. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was at Sutton Place Friday night.

    The announcements on the Shinkansens are very good - japanese and english as well as the display at the end of the carriage.

    I was putting my skis either at the end of the carriage, behind the last row of seats or in the overhead rack.
     
  11. The Bluff

    The Bluff Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    I'm heading off on the 21/2 for 10 days in Nowaza then two nights in Tokyo ( at Sutton Place in Uneo as well!!)

    Reading the weather thread it seems temps can move around a 15 C range.

    Thinking about packing...So what to most wear on the hill?
     
  12. robbied

    robbied First Runs

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    Around Nozawa town I would just wear jeans, decently waterproof shoes, a t-shirt and a warm Jacket (I have a snow jacket just for this).
    So when you go to dinner/bars you can just take the jacket off.
    If its really, really cold you could also wear a hoodie under the jacket.

    On the actual mountain I would wear thermal top and bottom, a fleece and ski/snowboard outerwear.
    If its really hot I just stuff my fleece in my backpack (I doubt it will get that warm though)
     
  13. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    You Reckon ????

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. The Bluff

    The Bluff Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thats right FB..looks like Buller.......and then you get -20 + windchill conditions
     
  15. Charles

    Charles Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks like your coming out of somebodies tool shed.
     
  16. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    That's not me.....Son in background and daughters BF in foreground.
     
  17. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris One of Us

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    Flying out in 13 hours... Raging Snowner. Can't wait!

    If all goes to plan will be on the slopes at midday tomorrow, hopefully to some fresh snow.
     
  18. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    [​IMG]
     
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  19. BHB

    BHB First Runs

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    Back home. Thanks to everyone on the forum for all the advice which makes for a great trip.

    Some accommodation feedback -

    In Hakuba we stayed at Double Black and can highly recommend. Great lodge and Sarah, Sean and the team really look after you. Re all the earlier talk of distances in Hakuba - I wouldn't want to walk to the lift, but no need to with the DB shuttle service. Good restaurants 5-10 min walk up in the hill, or down into Happo village - or DB will drive you further afield.

    In Nozawa we stayed at the Chitosekan (again). A traditional ryokan run by charming non-English speaking owners next to the Oyu Onsen and at the bottom of the stairs leading to the moving walkway. Shinji at IXSM Travel can arrange bookings. He has an office in Nozawa now and can organise tours etc - a very nice young Japanese who could do with more business!

    Thanks again for all the help in planning - not sure if we will be back for a fifth trip in 2011, but if we are am sure there will be more questions.
     
  20. TJ

    TJ One of Us

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    [​IMG]
    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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  21. mordi

    mordi First Runs

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    Hi, looking for advice on first trip to Japan. Will be in Tokyo around 23 March with my son. We thought we might get in 3-4 days skiing ( both intermediate standard).

    Limited time so needs to be closeish to Tokyo.

    I have been recommended Hakuba.

    Will the snow be OK still at that time? Any other better ideas?

    Thanks
     
  22. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Many places have 3m bases so no problem for March. Yuzawa is super easy to get to from Tokyo about 90 minutes direct on the bullet train.
     
  23. twoheads

    twoheads Hard Yards

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    After having spent the last 2 nights in Tokyo We just want to say a big thanks to Sandy for recommending the New City Hotel in Shinjuku way back in this thread [​IMG]

    Very comfortable and really close to everything we wanted to do and no hassles getting to and from the Train Station in Shinjuku as they run a free shuttle bus!

    Breakfast is extra but its all you can eat for about 1300 yen each!!

    Definately a great place to base yourself in Tokyo..short train trip over to the Ski Shops and basically anywhere else you want to go and with a JR Pass even less hassles!!


    So thanks again from both Poppy & Myself [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  24. Sandy

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

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    If you catch the 7am Shinkansen(Bullet Train) from Tokyo station, you can get to Echigo Yuzawa Station in 72 minutes. 15 Min by taxi to Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway)
     
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  25. Sandy

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

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    No worries!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  26. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Updated Crew List

    Hakuba
    fattwins: Hakuba resident
    damian: Hakuba resident
    timmyhugecans: Hakuba resident
    HakubaBCbum: Hakuba resident
    TJ: Hakuba resident
    El_Guapo: 22nd – 28th Dec
    andrew7 +4: 26th Dec - 10th Jan
    Sandy: 27th Dec - 3rd Jan, 7th - 10th Jan, 20th - 23rd Feb, (& 7th -12th Feb)
    IanD + 3: 4th - 14th Jan
    Rowdy: 7th - 20th of Jan
    buzzy plus +1: 10th - 24 January
    rugbyskier: 11th - 21st Jan.
    pigface +1: 6th - 11th Feb
    Karen 97: 7th - 17th Feb
    Charles: 2th Feb - 9th Feb
    bdenny4: 7th Feb - 16th Feb
    Stovemiester x3: 8th – 18th Feb
    Sandy, TOFF(plus son), Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Woggybot 8th - 12th Feb
    Chuck Norris: 10th to 17th Feb
    snowishing: 12th - 27th Feb
    skchic: Feb 13th to 19th Feb
    Smackies +4: 15th – 20th Feb
    Mr_Ed +1: 30th Jan - Feb 9
    Dave +1 21Jan- 30Jan Hakuba
    Skido +3: 19 Dec - 22 Jan, 27 Feb - 7 Mar
    shred_gnar: 24th - 30th Jan
    Jemz79 +1 20th Feb- 6th Mar

    Meeting place: BBQ every Friday evening, Hakuba WhiteHorse Arctic Hotel

    Nozawa Onsen
    El_Guapo: 4th - 6th Jan
    Sandy: 31 Jan - 1 Feb
    Filbert +5: 7th – 12th Feb
    Smackies + 4: 10th- 15th Feb
    Snowjunky Feb 7 to 12 (Mark's Villa)
    bdenny4: 16th Feb - 19th Feb
    Smitty484 & gregry: 15th – 20th Feb.
    shred_gnar: 4th - 8th Feb

    Myoko Kogen
    Myoko_Guy: 20th Dec – 3rd Jan, Feb TBA and possibly April
    Smitty484 & gregry: 7th - 15th Feb
    Smackies: 6th -10th Feb.
    Filbert +5: 12th – 16th Feb
    JT and Japanuary Crew: 15 Jan - 22 Jan.
    brel: December - March

    Shiga Kogen
    El_Guapo: 30th Dec - 2nd Jan
    snowjunky: Feb 12 to 20 (Sunroute)
    Sandy: 20th - 23rd March
    shred_gnar: 30th Jan - 4th Feb

    Kagura/Naeba
    Sandy: Feb 27-28th, Mar 6-7th,

    Hokkaido
    Sli1: Hokkaido Jan 29 - Feb 13
    Grug: Sahoro All season
    ausi ski bum: Arrive: 21 Feb 10 -- Depart: 13 Mar 10 -- Where: Furano, Sounkyo, Abashiri, Sahoro and Tomamu plus Osaka

    Niseko
    Go Native: Niseko Resident
    JOSAF: Niseko for the season- 5th Dec - 25th March
    gjw411: 2nd Dec – 8th Feb
    Foxhound: Niseko 26th Dec - 6th Jan (staying at AAC Niseko).
    Crystal: 28th Dec - 17th Jan
    Foxpuppet+3 and 2 Finns: 5th Jan - 25th Jan
    Mrstr_Chief: 12th Jan - 22nd Jan
    LTB + the bumpin' clan: Hirafu 20th – 27th Jan
    Snow Addict: 27th Jan – 4th Feb
    RatherB@thesnow: 30th Jan - 10th Feb
    snowishing: 1st - 11th Feb
    robbied: 12th – 28th Feb
    TOFF(+ son), Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Woggybot 12th - 19th Feb
    Peejay + 2: 24th Jan - 3rd Feb
    Tex + 3 27th Jan - 2 Feb
    shred_gnar: 15th - 24th Jan

    Furano
    spaceman347: 25th Dec - 27th Jan
    FuranoFreshPow - Resident
    Pain Seeker: Furano 1st-12th Feb

    All over the shop:
    Rabidk9: Honshu & Hokkaido - 20th Jan - 08th March.
    Ianski +1: Undecided 6th March onwards for 12 days
    TOFF, Hoppy, Teisto, Garfunkel, Teisto and Woggybot NOW confirmed : 2 weeks
    blutek: Rusutsu, Kamui, Kita Taisetsu (mid Feb - Mar)
    Foxpuppet +3 ZAO - 2nd to 4th Jan
    Heinz: Northern Honshu (Inawashiro, Onikobe, Getou Kogen, Hakkoda) Jan24-Feb04

    Travel
    http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi-english/hyperWeb.cgi - Train timetables and fares
    http://keinanbus.com/english/index_e.htm Transfer bus - Myoko and snow resort transfers
    http://myoko-nojiri.com/access/
    http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass/
    http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/charge/index.asp

    Accommodation
    http://myoko-nojiri.com/hotels/ - look for the links to each resort area
    http://www.naganogo.com/nozawa-onsen-accomodation/
    http://www.ski-resorts-japan.com/resort-accommodation
    http://nozawaonsen.com/english.html
    http://hakubaconnect.com/
    http://www.whitehorse-hakuba.com
    http://www.penkepanke.com/english/ (Hakuba)
    http://www.hakubalunahotel.com

    Snow reports
    http://myokokogen.net/weather.html
    http://www.naganogo.com/places/nozawa-onsen/
    http://www.snowjapan.com - look for [Resort Name] Now! reports

    Snow forecast
    http://www.snow-forecast.com
    http://myokokogen.net/snow_alert.html - snow reports/forecast by email

    Back Country
    http://www.myokokogen.org/mbss/english/index_e.php
    http://myokokogen.net/nordic.htm
    http://steepdeepjapan.com

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    Bump, just to see who has gone and come back and who is still yet to go...unfortunately back to QLD for me tomorrow [​IMG]
     
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  27. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    How'd the trip go?
    Set times are out for FMF...you know yah want to.
     
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  28. twoheads

    twoheads Hard Yards

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    Anyone going to Whitehorse for the BBQ tonight??
     
  29. Sandy

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

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    Was planning to, but won't be up in time.....

    Leaving Yokohama about 5pm, to drive up.
     
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  30. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Trip has been really good. No epic dumpage but a few days of 20cm of pretty dry snow, as well as a BC tour made it well worth it. Plus I always enjoy coming back to Japan and trying out new areas.

    Lucked out a little at Nozawa...Base is deep and I had one morning of 20cm of dry fresh snow up around Yamabiko (which was great fun!) but I was hoping for more snow down low to test out a few areas which are moguled at the moment. Will just have to test it out another time! I'll put up a more detailed TR when I get home.

    Haha yeh I saw the FM times, would be a fun day but my friends are all doing soundwave this weekend and I just don't want to spend the money...more savings for Japan next year! [​IMG]
     
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  31. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seen a few references to Yamabiko around the place and of course made a number of trips on various sections of the Yamabiko Shinkansen as well as the Max-Yamabiko (double decker).

    Looking it up it apparently means “Echos from a distant mountain".
    http://yamabiko.wordpress.com/about/
     
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  32. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris One of Us

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    Had a great week at Morino Lodge in Hakuba. Not the greatest of snow but still good. A fantastic couple of days cycling around Kyoto and just landed in Tokyo. Hotel is above Shibuya station, currently looking out over that crazy mental intersection. Looking forward to the next 5 days! No more time for internet, time to get amongst it!!!
     
  33. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    I've had a read and I think I understand, but I thought I would check with others who have done it before. Is an international drivers licence what you need in order to hire a car in Japan?
     
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    AndyP Hard Yards

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    Yes that's right you do need an international license. You can go down to an RACV shop or equivalent (depending on which state your in) to get one. Shouldn't take long - take your current driving license, passport photo and maybe a utility bill (can't remember if you need that, but safer than sorry) costs about $15-25 and lasts for a year. You need to then carry that on you with your normal license when driving.
     
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    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Cheers, thanks.