Japan 2012- 2013 Trip Plans/Thoughts/Reviews Thread

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For those of you who need WiFi at some time while not at your hotel, JR has free WiFi for up to 3 hours per entry, at major JR stations around Tokyo.

http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/pdf/free_wifi_02_e.pdf

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So do many of the 7-11's.

It's not as convenient to sit down and have a surf at the 7-11 though!!
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If someone could add me to the list, I have booked 13/14/15 Feb in Gifu.

We are staying near the Hida Interchange (I think that's what it is called) & have the choice of boarding at Dynaland/Takasu/Gujo Kogan/Shitatori Kogan/Washigataki/White Pia Takasu/Winghills Shirotori and I think another small ski-jo all within about a half hour drive.
Choices, choices...
 
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The starting point for information on Japanese travel:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan

Hakuba
fattwins: Hakuba resident
TJ: Hakuba resident
damian: Hakuba resident
HakubaBCbum: Hakuba resident
itchy_knee: Hakuba resident
Tackie: Hakuba resident, Christmas - March.
BoardLady: 27 December - 9 January
Mark102: 2 - 22 January (probably)
Sandy: 5 - 8 and 23 - 26 January
Xena, Warrior Prince, Trailblazer, Trailburner and Princess BF: 9 - 19 January
roystein + mrs: 9 - 19 January
Annago + 3: 10 - 19 January
smackies: 15 January - April (probably)
Vermillion: 17 - 25 January
webberchoked: 18 - 31 January
Deepzone: Late January -
azzski + 4: 20 - 29 January
HoopDogg: 20 - 31 January
Slim: 21 - 24 January
Dave85: 24th January
Fred76 + 1: 24 January - 1 February
mrtonya: 25 January - 8 February
gareth_oau and Nikki: 27 January - 3 February
Kimski: 29 January - 5 February
Fest: 2 - 7 February
JAYBONE09 + 2: 4 - 11 February
Tadpole_: 4 - 16 February
moist1 + 4: 7-14 February
BoofHead and Mrs Boof: 9 - 21 February
Slaine + 6: 14 - 22 February

Nozawa Onsen
Fat Boy: Nozawa resident (now with fire!)
MG +1 + Grommit + Sprog: 24 - 27 Dec
Sandy: 1 - 5 Jan & 28 Jan -1 Feb.
moz + family: 12 January- 19 January
FLI335: 18 January - 28 January
Stratus +5: Jan 22 - 29
Bdenny4: 26 Jan - 31 Jan
Gibbsy + Club Meg: Myoko, Nozawa and surrounds mid Jan-1 Feb
jamesc + Mrs.: Jan 5-10
Pelm1: 19 January - 6 March
Teletripper + Family (4) - 27th Jan - 1st Feb
Vermillion: Jan (dates TBA)
PMG: Feb 1 - 7
Webberchoked: Feb 1 - Mar 3
Pat42 + GF: Feb 5-15
Crispy013: Feb 8-16
Incider +1: Feb 16-25
Seefarr: Feb 17 - 23
Hotaski + crew: Late Feb TBA
mauricem: March 7-14 (or thereabouts)
Annago+3 Jan 20-26

Myoko Kogen
RyanM: Dec 9 - end of season
Junior: Dec 9 - end of season
MG +1 + grommit + sprog: 19 December - 4 January plus Feb/March TBA
Malibu +6: Madarao Dec 23 - Dec 29 & Myoko Dec 29 - Jan 5
moz + family: Dec 28 - Jan 12
retsej - January 2-10
Piste Again: January 4-12
JA2340 +1 + friend: Jan 6-12
Dave6: January 10 - 25
Stratus: January 10-20
Gibbsy+crew: January 13-20
Barney13 +6: January 16-23
Scoota +3: Jan 17-26
Claydough: 19 - 28 January
SAS Ski Club (Moc Hotel): Jan 19-26
Teletripper + Family (4): Jan 22-27
Slim +2: January 25 - 31
Insaneous: 25 January - 05 February
Pied Piper: Jan 26 - Feb 1st
Crispy013: Jan 29 - Feb 6
Fred76 +1: February 1-7 (or thereabouts) Myoko/Madarao
BofSki +2: February 4 - 22
Peejay +2: February 4 - 14
Slowpony & Criffy: Feb 14 - 24
Hotaski +5: Feb 15-22
Smackies: Feb 15 (ish) - March 1 (or thereabouts)
AJC13B + family and crew: Feb 9-20
Andrew7 + Mon Repos crew: February 16-23
RunDLC: mid-late February
Seefarr: Feb 24 - March 2
webberchoked: 04 March - 14 March
2nd_String_QB: 11-15 March
Skichanger: Dec-Mar (winter resident)

Madarao Kogen
malibu: December 23 - December 29
Snowjunky: 26th Jan

Shiga Kogen
malibu: January 09 - January 17
Markopolo: January/February
aussieskibum: January 02 - January 11
Teletripper + Family (4) - January 17th - 22nd
Snow Junky : 2nd Feb
BofSki : 2nd Feb

Kagura/Naeba/Yuzawa

Hokkaido

Niseko
sourmash: 23 December - 04 January
Travelislife: early January
Texy and family: 18 January - 25 January
webberchoked: 18 December - 12 January
leroybrown238 + 3: January 22
CBR: February
Hatto : 14th February
loklok +15: 16th January
Karbon +4: 15 January
Cliffy29: Feb
Ausbob and horde: Feb 22
blutek: Higashiyama Feb.
rikedwards: 27 Dec - 3 Jan
cliffy29: 13-18 Feb
peteski: 15-21 Jan
olgreg: 6-21 Jan
Stratus: 1-14 Feb
sastrugi: Dec-Jan
Cerberus: 3-12 Jan
Shred_Gnar: Season
Powder Bum: 4-10 Jan
Lake Police : Early Feb

Furano
FuranoFreshPow: Resident

Rusutsu
blutek: Jan - Feb
Silence: Feb 16-25

Dynaland, Gifu
Ojisan.... February

Other - add in name(s) of resorts
Kiroro
blutek: Feb.
Silence: 27 Feb - 5 Mar

All over the shop:
smackies (the wanderer): January 2012 - depletion of funds

Still deciding:

Accommodation
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan (search by region)

Travel:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan#Transport
For help out calculating routes and highway tolls in English - https://www.navitime.co.jp/en/

Snow reports and forecasts:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan#Climate

Back Country
http://www.dancingsnow.com/
http://myokokogen.net/nordic.htm
http://steepdeepjapan.com
http://nisekosnow.net/niseko-backcountry/index.php
Hakuba Avalanche Bulletin: http://nadare.jp/alert/index.html

Maps
Akakan Resort
Akakura Onsen
Hakuba
Nozawa Onsen

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Insaneous

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so anyone else taking the morning Jetstar flight in "business" on Monday?

wonder if it's going to be packed up front or empty.
 

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Currently en route(in Cairns) to Osaka for a few days down south and then up to Niseko from the 29th til Feb 12. Officially excited now
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for a minute there I thought smitty had got a girlfriend for Xmas!
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No work days to go for me now. Just counting down to my flight on Sunday.
 

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Add us on the crew list at Niseko - Bowralzak + 5: 15th-27th Feb
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Doesn't look like many people will be around during that time!
 
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smitty484 said:
You're in Japan on Saturday. Do you...

A) go shopping with your girlfriend; or

B) dump gf and have epic pow day.

Spending time with girlfrient is gay!




I think thats right
 
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smitty484 said:
You're in Japan on Saturday. Do you...

A) go shopping with your girlfriend; or

B) dump gf and have epic pow day.

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I don't know where to begin with this one, I really don't.
 
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smitty484 said:
You're in Japan on Saturday. Do you...

A) go shopping with your girlfriend; or

B) dump gf and have epic pow day.

rofl.gif
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I don't know where to begin with this one, I really don't.

Start at mens socks and jocks.
 
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smitty484 said:
You're in Japan on Saturday. Do you...

A) go shopping with your girlfriend; or

B) dump gf and have epic pow day.

I am a girl and even I would choose option B. If my hubby would prefer option A, then he wouldn't be my hubby! Just sayin!
 
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markopolo said:
Updated Crew List
feel free to quote and edit yourself in.
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The starting point for information on Japanese travel:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan

Hakuba
fattwins: Hakuba resident
TJ: Hakuba resident
damian: Hakuba resident
HakubaBCbum: Hakuba resident
itchy_knee: Hakuba resident
Tackie: Hakuba resident, Christmas - March.
BoardLady: 27 December - 9 January
Mark102: 2 - 22 January (probably)
Sandy: 5 - 8 and 23 - 26 January
Xena, Warrior Prince, Trailblazer, Trailburner and Princess BF: 9 - 19 January
roystein + mrs: 9 - 19 January
Annago + 3: 10 - 19 January
smackies: 15 January - April (probably)
Vermillion: 17 - 25 January
webberchoked: 18 - 31 January
Deepzone: Late January -
azzski + 4: 20 - 29 January
HoopDogg: 20 - 31 January
Slim: 21 - 24 January
Dave85: 24th January
Fred76 + 1: 24 January - 1 February
mrtonya: 25 January - 8 February
gareth_oau and Nikki: 27 January - 3 February
Kimski: 29 January - 5 February
Fest: 2 - 7 February
JAYBONE09 + 2: 4 - 11 February
Tadpole_: 4 - 16 February
moist1 + 4: 7-14 February
BoofHead and Mrs Boof: 9 - 21 February
Slaine + 6: 14 - 22 February

Nozawa Onsen
Fat Boy: Nozawa resident (now with fire!)
MG +1 + Grommit + Sprog: 24 - 27 Dec
Sandy: 1 - 5 Jan & 28 Jan -1 Feb.
moz + family: 12 January- 19 January
FLI335: 18 January - 28 January
Stratus +5: Jan 22 - 29
Bdenny4: 26 Jan - 31 Jan
Gibbsy + Club Meg: Myoko, Nozawa and surrounds mid Jan-1 Feb
jamesc + Mrs.: Jan 5-10
Pelm1: 19 January - 6 March
Teletripper + Family (4) - 27th Jan - 1st Feb
Vermillion: Jan (dates TBA)
PMG: Feb 1 - 7
Webberchoked: Feb 1 - Mar 3
Pat42 + GF: Feb 5-15
Crispy013: Feb 8-16
Incider +1: Feb 16-25
Seefarr: Feb 17 - 23
Hotaski + crew: Late Feb TBA
mauricem: March 7-14 (or thereabouts)
Annago+3 Jan 20-26

Myoko Kogen
RyanM: Dec 9 - end of season
Junior: Dec 9 - end of season
MG +1 + grommit + sprog: 19 December - 4 January plus Feb/March TBA
Malibu +6: Madarao Dec 23 - Dec 29 & Myoko Dec 29 - Jan 5
moz + family: Dec 28 - Jan 12
retsej - January 2-10
Piste Again: January 4-12
JA2340 +1 + friend: Jan 6-12
Dave6: January 10 - 25
Stratus: January 10-20
Gibbsy+crew: January 13-20
Barney13 +6: January 16-23
Scoota +3: Jan 17-26
Claydough: 19 - 28 January
SAS Ski Club (Moc Hotel): Jan 19-26
Teletripper + Family (4): Jan 22-27
Slim +2: January 25 - 31
Insaneous: 25 January - 05 February
Pied Piper: Jan 26 - Feb 1st
Crispy013: Jan 29 - Feb 6
Fred76 +1: February 1-7 (or thereabouts) Myoko/Madarao
BofSki +2: February 4 - 22
Peejay +2: February 4 - 14
Slowpony & Criffy: Feb 14 - 24
Hotaski +5: Feb 15-22
Smackies: Feb 15 (ish) - March 1 (or thereabouts)
AJC13B + family and crew: Feb 9-20
Andrew7 + Mon Repos crew: February 16-23
RunDLC: mid-late February
Seefarr: Feb 24 - March 2
webberchoked: 04 March - 14 March
2nd_String_QB: 11-15 March
Skichanger: Dec-Mar (winter resident)

Madarao Kogen
malibu: December 23 - December 29
Snowjunky: 26th Jan

Shiga Kogen
malibu: January 09 - January 17
Markopolo: January/February
aussieskibum: January 02 - January 11
Teletripper + Family (4) - January 17th - 22nd
Snow Junky : 2nd Feb
BofSki : 2nd Feb

Kagura/Naeba/Yuzawa

Hokkaido

Niseko
sourmash: 23 December - 04 January
Travelislife: early January
Texy and family: 18 January - 25 January
webberchoked: 18 December - 12 January
leroybrown238 + 3: January 22
CBR: February
Hatto : 14th February
loklok +15: 16th January
Karbon +4: 15 January
Cliffy29: Feb
Ausbob and horde: Feb 22
blutek: Higashiyama Feb.
rikedwards: 27 Dec - 3 Jan
cliffy29: 13-18 Feb
peteski: 15-21 Jan
olgreg: 6-21 Jan
Stratus: 1-14 Feb
sastrugi: Dec-Jan
Cerberus: 3-12 Jan
Shred_Gnar: Season
Powder Bum: 4-10 Jan
Lake Police : Early Feb
Undies and crew: Feb 18

Furano
FuranoFreshPow: Resident

Rusutsu
blutek: Jan - Feb
Silence: Feb 16-25

Dynaland, Gifu
Ojisan.... February

Other - add in name(s) of resorts
Kiroro
blutek: Feb.
Silence: 27 Feb - 5 Mar

All over the shop:
smackies (the wanderer): January 2012 - depletion of funds

Still deciding:

Accommodation
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan (search by region)

Travel:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan#Transport
For help out calculating routes and highway tolls in English - https://www.navitime.co.jp/en/

Snow reports and forecasts:
http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Japan#Climate

Back Country
http://www.dancingsnow.com/
http://myokokogen.net/nordic.htm
http://steepdeepjapan.com
http://nisekosnow.net/niseko-backcountry/index.php
Hakuba Avalanche Bulletin: http://nadare.jp/alert/index.html

Maps
Akakan Resort
Akakura Onsen
Hakuba
Nozawa Onsen

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Added some Niseko Undies. We'll be staying at Niseko Village if anyone else is there. Otherwise I'll be naked on top of various Hirafu bars by night.
 
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FFFFFUUUUUU!

"due to "Engineering Requirements" your flight (6.10am) has been cancelled" (melb to Gold Coast)

Dunno what my chances were of getting to Gold Coast for the Narita flight was with all this weather anyway!

Anyone else know what Jetstar arrangements will be made or the best way I should go around it? I'm guessing Jetstar wont be making alternative arrangements to make the 10:50am Narita flight?
 

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Ok crises averted, jetstar put me on the Melb-Cains 6am flight, then flight Cains to Narita works out well except can't meet my mate at Gold Coast... but I'm sure he will manage on the flight on his own.

So any one leaving tomorrow from Melb, check your flight status, so you get in before everyone else organises alternative flights
 

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Without thinking took the wrong turn to work today and began driving towards the airport, got about 5mins down the road before I realised. I think I need to go back to Japan.
 

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Just got the following as part of a Peach Airlines newsletter.

Might be useful for some punters who look for a quick ski trip. Pity they couldn't do a slightly longer deal.

Peach Ski Kippu Tomamu
 
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Hi all, we're heading from Hakuba to Myoko tomorrow

With the snow (inbounds) in such poor condition we're looking for some sightseeing options in between i.e. Nagano City (have been to Zenko-ji)

We will be busing it to Nagano then train to Myoko

Any suggestions much appreciated
 

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Matsumoto is cool...kei truck ovens cooking sweet potatoes..samurai ..and s cool city
 

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Hi MG, thanks -

Donza, MG - would you recommend Hakuba to Matsumoto by train?

Then Matsumoto -> Nagano -> Myoko bytrain?
 

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Sure why not? Just leave Haks around 8.30 ish.at latest...five hours in matsumoto...then off to Nagano myoko
 

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Fred76 said:
Hi MG, thanks -

Donza, MG - would you recommend Hakuba to Matsumoto by train?

Then Matsumoto -> Nagano -> Myoko bytrain?

You'll need to change at Shinano-Omachi, trip from Hakuba to there is just under 40mins then the next section is around an hour. Get the 7:46 train from Hakuba, it's got a good connection time through Omachi then Matsumoto. All up you should take under 2 hours to get there.
 
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M_G said:
10.04 train is good too. 2 min changeover in Ariake. Will get you there at 11.47

This. Got the 10.04 today and didn't have to change at all going down. Yet my lack of Japanese meant I got stung with an hour wait for the connection at omachi on the way back!
 
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M_G said:
10.04 train is good too. 2 min changeover in Ariake. Will get you there at 11.47

Hai, but then that's almost half the day gone. I was thinking if he wanted to get a whole day in the 7:46 is a better option. But it does show if you dont get the 7:46 you're waiting a while for the next decent changeover.
 
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HoopDogg said:
M_G said:
10.04 train is good too. 2 min changeover in Ariake. Will get you there at 11.47

This. Got the 10.04 today and didn't have to change at all going down. Yet my lack of Japanese meant I got stung with an hour wait for the connection at omachi on the way back!

That isnt 'too' bad. I think I waited 40mins at Omachi on the way back, there isnt much going on at that station that's for sure.
 
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Vermillion said:
HoopDogg said:
M_G said:
10.04 train is good too. 2 min changeover in Ariake. Will get you there at 11.47

This. Got the 10.04 today and didn't have to change at all going down. Yet my lack of Japanese meant I got stung with an hour wait for the connection at omachi on the way back!

That isnt 'too' bad. I think I waited 40mins at Omachi on the way back, there isnt much going on at that station that's for sure.
You could have walked to maccas.
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