Japan 2011- 2012 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

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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?
 

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benchives said:
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?

Matsumoto, and it's only 50km form Hakuba.
 
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fattwins said:
I dont think there are flights from matsumoto
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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fattwins said:
Ive tried to get information to book and it isnt easy
You can book via JAL... that should be easier..

I was just checking it out for interests sake
 
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fattwins said:
Well it says on matsumoto airport website and they only have 2 flights a day anyways. a very dying airport.
Yeah...imagine how excited the ground crew would be...
though still a good option to get to CTS.
 
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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!!
 
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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.
 

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damian said:
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!

Youve got it...
 
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smackies said:
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I tried some Niigata Beer. Drawn in by the attractiveness of the can(s).

Belgianish. Fruity.

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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smackies said:
^^^ Worst trip summary. Ever.
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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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?
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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
 

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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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Japan involves.....

Fighting samurai
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Drinking beer
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Heavy snow
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Busy car parks
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Creek crossings
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tunnels
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snow banks
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the Cube
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Donza
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More Donza
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Park (which im too shit to ride
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village and BIG mountains
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Buried groomers
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Incoming nukage
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Nukage
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Backcountry awareness led by a super fit and knowledgable mountain goat
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Hiking (by an unfit, beer drinking bludger)
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Video games
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MEGA DONKEY (not it's real name)
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10 pin bowling with the locals
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More epic Cube
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Epic views
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Epic lines (thanks FT and paedde)
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Zyzz
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McDonalds
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Castle outside, neggy Donza inside ("where's the fcuking parking spot????")
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Epic food
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Sad go home time
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smitty484 said:
Japan involves.....

Fighting samurai
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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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TACKIE said:
Instead of the Maccas Smitty...just to your right is a great sushi rail joint. ( kappa )

You don't understand the quest
btw if you turn left at that maccas - its heaps quicker to matsumoto.
 
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Dos Equis?????? Couldn't find a drinkable local beer that day? Better than Corona I guess if you have to drink cerveza.

Some gents at a BBQ in Puerto Rico once said to me....

We have a saying here in San Juan - drink Dos Equis, p!ss Corona
 

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mexican beer and dance music
epic sunday arvo..not unlike home
 
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