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Japan 2011- 2012 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by smitty484, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Remember these guys
    Good for flying from Hakuba to Hokkaido. Save going all the way back into Tokyo.
     
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  2. benchives

    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Forgive my bungheadedness, but which of the above three airlines flies from Hakuba to Hokkaido? Closest airport to Hakuba would be Toyama or something, wouldn't it?
     
  3. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Fuji dream - from Matsumoto
    Not one of the three.
     
  4. Sandy

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

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    Matsumoto, and it's only 50km form Hakuba.
     
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    fattwins One of Us

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    I dont think there are flights from matsumoto
     
  6. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Yeah there are...on fuji dreams airlines website ...they fly Masumoto to
    Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Sapporo-Chitose, Shizuoka
    Its actually code share with JAL to CTS.
    http://www.jal.co.jp/en/dom_network/
    Domestic Flights Timetable February 1, 2012 - March 24, 2012
    Matsumoto - Sapporo (New Chitose)

    Flight Mileage : 507 miles
    FLIGHT NO. Departure Arrival Note
    JAL 2854

    Operated by FDA
    10:20 11:55
    Sapporo (New Chitose) - Matsumoto

    Flight Mileage : 507 miles
    FLIGHT NO. Departure Arrival Note
    JAL 2855

    Operated by FDA
    12:40 14:30
     
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  7. fattwins

    fattwins One of Us

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    Ive tried to get information to book and it isnt easy
     
  8. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    You can book via JAL... that should be easier..

    I was just checking it out for interests sake
     
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  9. fattwins

    fattwins One of Us

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    Well it says on matsumoto airport website and they only have 2 flights a day anyways. a very dying airport.
     
  10. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Yeah...imagine how excited the ground crew would be...
    though still a good option to get to CTS.
     
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  11. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    so lets be hoping that Jetstar Australia and Jetstar Japan get some lovely connection/perfect timing/decent deals going then! coz the 27hours it took me to get from Hirafu to Perth - and the less than perfect airplane maintenance for the price that Qantas charged has got to be having a lend!!
     
  12. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    For the record Matsumoto to CTS via JAL is around 26,800 yen one way....
    which really isn't that bad...
    consideing the bus to Nagano then shink to Tokyo, then train/monorail to Haneda sets you back around 9000...
    then skymark to CTS would be what? 17000? so price wise it would be similar.
     
  13. damian

    damian A Local

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    This awesome! Pretty soon skiers in Niseko will be able to make day trips to see the Snow Monkeys and Matsumoto Castle when it rains!
     
  14. Donza

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    Youve got it...
     
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  15. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    Nooooooooo!
     
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    Sorry, I mean the monkeys are great.
     
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    NeoSamurai One of Us Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    If I retrace my steps I can probably find it.
    I really like the Hitachino Red Rice beer, can even by it here in Oz at my local bottlo - beats canned beer hands down!
     
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  18. Donza

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    Wasabi beer was quite nice...

    Almost cooperesque in cloudy ness
     
  19. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    ^^^ Worst trip summary. Ever.
     
  20. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    am working on it sheesh
    so far I only have
    Japan…thoughts, ideas, musings and the irrelevant.

    Jstar- agreeable pricing and happy flight. $9.99 lounge at Gold coast airport was grand.
    Pancake machine and self serve beer at 8am? Why the hell not.?

    Narita- efficient. –Plane landed at 7.05…Monorail at 7.14 Clear immigration and have bag in hand 7.31 buying a train ticket…jeepers…Hello Kesei super citylino..- nice train..fast sleek and good price/travel time. Please consider if youre keen on getting to Nagano in a hurry.
    Ueno transfer. Arrive-Run-arrive JR station and buy ticket with literally two mins to spare. Fark I’m sweaty. Crowded shink and sleepy carriage does nothing to temper my excitement. Next stop Nagano Chu hai
     
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  21. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    [​IMG]

    Needs pictures.
     
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  22. fattwins

    fattwins One of Us

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    The ferry is the cheapest option I think
     
  23. Donza

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    [​IMG]
     
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  24. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bro is that Tahoe?
     
  25. Donza

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    Bro - snow in this pic
     
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  26. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Which ones you Donza?

    [​IMG]
     
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  27. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I sure hope that jacket is waterproof cos those sunnies are a pisser!
     
  28. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    We travel to Kyushu regularly. I checked both Niigata-Fukuoka and Matsumoto-Fukuoka on Dream Fuji. Can buy advance fares for 17,000 adult. So that's a worthwhile saving - both time and money - over the shink.

    Is that plan, rought draft or actual TR donza? [​IMG]
     
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  29. Donza

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    Hahahahahaha

    anyways

    top end Nozawa accomodation recommendations? I have some mates that want to go around new years
    Yes I told them it might be busy
    I will suggest Sasa for a night or two
    anywhere in the village?
    money is not a option -within reason
     
  30. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Depends if they want traditional style, western style or self contained Donza. Maybe Address Nozawa apartments? Nozawa Grand would be a fairly safe bet for western style. For ryokan Sakaya is the stand out choice and possibly Yuyado Jonnobi (gets mixed reviews). The newly renovated Kawamotoya might also be worth a look.

    They can check these pages and click on the reviews:
    http://nozawa-onsen.com/nozawa-accommodation/nozawa-onsen-ryokan/
    https://madaraokogen.com/nozawa-onsen/nozawa-onsen-accommodation/
     
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  31. fattwins

    fattwins One of Us

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    Love the hungover pic of donza!
     
  32. Donza

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    [​IMG]
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    nice crew to slide with though..woonona buddies
     
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    MisterMxyzptlk Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see you've gone native with the V for victory photo pose [​IMG]
     
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  34. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Boom tish [​IMG]
     
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  36. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Japan involves.....

    Fighting samurai
    [​IMG]

    Drinking beer
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    Heavy snow
    [​IMG]

    Busy car parks
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    Creek crossings
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    tunnels
    [​IMG]

    snow banks
    [​IMG]

    the Cube
    [​IMG]

    Donza
    [​IMG]

    More Donza
    [​IMG]

    Park (which im too shit to ride [​IMG] )
    [​IMG]

    village and BIG mountains
    [​IMG]

    Buried groomers
    [​IMG]

    Incoming nukage
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    Nukage
    [​IMG]

    Backcountry awareness led by a super fit and knowledgable mountain goat
    [​IMG]

    Hiking (by an unfit, beer drinking bludger)
    [​IMG]

    Video games
    [​IMG]

    MEGA DONKEY (not it's real name)
    [​IMG]

    10 pin bowling with the locals
    [​IMG]

    More epic Cube
    [​IMG]

    Epic views
    [​IMG]

    Epic lines (thanks FT and paedde)
    [​IMG]

    Zyzz
    [​IMG]

    McDonalds
    [​IMG]

    Castle outside, neggy Donza inside ("where's the ****ing parking spot????")
    [​IMG]

    Epic food
    [​IMG]

    Sad go home time
    [​IMG]
     
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    TACKIE One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Instead of the Maccas Smitty...just to your right is a great sushi rail joint. ( kappa )
     
  38. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    tackie, our only focus that entire morning was on a cheeseburger [​IMG]
     
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    TACKIE One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Lots of nice pix of my backyard/playground (Goryu/47). Looks like ya had a good time. cheers
     
  40. rugbyskier

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    Hai! I've got a photo with him too! Another great thing about Japan is that the samurai doesn't charge money for a photo unlike just about anywhere else in the world - the 'gladiators' in Rome for example.
     
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  41. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Smitty are you wearing thermals/skins in the samurai photo?
     
  42. Donza

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    You don't understand the quest
    btw if you turn left at that maccas - its heaps quicker to matsumoto.
     
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    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I went to the sushi first and then Maccas after.
     
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  44. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Your vest is sexy Smitty. How did you keep Donna off you?
     
  45. Donza

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    Pfft you should have seen Kiwis
     
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  46. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pure lambs wool?
    [​IMG]
     
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  47. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sexy and he know it.
     
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  48. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    great pics guys - hope you had a truly fantastic time there!!
     
  49. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Smitty just ride straight down the middle, then you can tell everyone you rode the park!!

     
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  50. Donza

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    pretty good cord that morning...nice and dry...