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Japan 2013/2014 epic planning thread!

Discussion in 'Japan' started by tr+h, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Silence

    Silence One of Us

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    JimmyC - I can recommend the Peninsula in Ginza
     
  2. gibbsy

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    This is true... damn, grabbed a last extra bottle of sake on the way out through tokyo and totally forgot to put it into check in- got it taken away. D'oh!
     
  3. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Try forgetting to pack into check-in bags your wife's special moisturizer that she'd just bought...

    :eek::oops:
     
  4. winter

    winter One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    No more sleeps! Im am so excited as we prepare to leave for the airport. Looks like the weather has turned in our favour.
     
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  5. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    My 14/15 plans will probably include a snap 1 week crash and bash skiing mission in December if the snow starts to fall, and then another 1 week dash in Feb. I would like to book more/longer but work is really keen to continually send me to Chicago in the dead of winter so no chance to take multiple weeks/month off. Plus i'm kinda sick of going in Jan with expensive airfares and more people around.
     
  6. BofSki

    BofSki One of Us

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    Head to airport early hours of Saturday, so 1 1/2 sleeps :D

    Yep, was getting pretty worried about the weather around Nagano :eek: - just keep snowing :thumbs:
     
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  7. winter

    winter One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    We had a shocker with Qantas today flying domestic from Sydney to Cairns. Although we were 20kgs underweight for 4 passengers our snow bag w as 30kgs and we had to redistribute weight. Crazy rules, frustrating start....
     
  8. Donza

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    Well um.. its the rules.nothing bigger than 23kgs on QF.. To be honest I don't blame them .. talk about staff screwing up their back..Otherwise people like skidown would have 40 keg ski bags.
     
  9. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    let's say you've purchased extra kilos, say 30 kg with Jetstar. Does that mean you can check in two pieces? One with, say 20, and the other with say 10? What about one piece with the whole 30kgs?
     
  10. Donza

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    Your baggage allowance is given by combined weight, not by number of bags. As long as your bags have a combined weight within your allowance, bring as many as you like. No single bag can weigh more than 32kg.
     
  11. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    Qantas domestic
    Domestic within Australia on Qantas and QantasLink
    Domestic Travel is defined as travel not combined with any international flights on the same ticket.

    Travel Class/Membership StatusAllowance
    Economy1 piece (maximum 23kg)*
     
  12. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    N/A in Japan where the little ladies doing the check in haul all the bags on the conveyor. I trolled the shit out of the big bloke at Qantas in Melbourne this year when I had to take my skis to the oversize baggage area. Said fat carnt looks at me and goes 'Yeah mate just put them on the conveyor' and I casually reply 'You know when I get to Japan a lady that weighs about as much as the bag will pick them up and put them on the conveyor for me'. Bloke wanted to smash me but deep down he knew I was right. Then he probably cried into another box of Krispy Kremes.
     
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  13. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    thanks, however, can one pack one bag (with Jetstar that is) weighing 32 kg?
     
  14. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    No single bag can weigh more than 32kg is the limit

    Hot tip... from some thats lugged a 30kg ski bag around...don't
    That extra 10 kg is huge
     
  15. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    yeah, I know what you mean....
    might take an extra very lightly piece with me then.....(unless luggage pieces are cheap in Japan?)

    I just dislike the fact of having two pieces with me rather the one heavy one....
     
  16. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    what I don't get is why did winter have to redistribute a bag that weighed 30kgs as if maximum is 32 kg?
     
  17. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just landed at Narita, waiting to checkin to my Skymark flight. No dramas at all so far with luggage or anything else.
    BTW I totally agree with the 23kg per bag limit. Having to handle more than that in a single bag would be painfull. My 2 bags total around 23kg. I find that much easier to handle.
     
  18. Donza

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    He flew QF..maximum is 23 kegs per piece domestic...
     
  19. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    I blame Americans.
    Their ski luggage is like their cars and restaurants ... over sized
     
  20. argento

    argento Hard Yards

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    I see......
    bit slow thsi morning, I am :doh:
    I need those holidays in Japan quick!:whistle:
     
  21. Donza

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    FYI i have the same issue... but my ski bag will weigh 16 kgs LOL
    5 or 6 kgs carry on
    done
     
  22. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    She. Winter is a very lovely lady.
    Probably as tough as the Japanese ladies who throw around big heavy bags.

    I am a little confused also...I always have a domestic leg first now (thanks to the canning of the Perth-Tokyo flight) and our ski bags have been over 23kgs, multiple boards/skis and boots etc will get you there fast. Never yet been asked to redistribute. Always end up with a Heavy tag.

    Only thing I can think of is the international connection was not on the same or a code share airline...
     
  23. Donza

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    whats your frequent flyer status?
     
  24. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah....there is that.
    Gold.
     
  25. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Although, I don't understand why I don't have to redistribute and Winter does just because of my FF status... If it's a workplace safety issue then everyone should have to do it.
     
  26. Donza

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    Domestic

    Travel Class/Membership StatusAllowance
    Economy1 piece (maximum 23kg)*
    Business2 pieces (maximum 32kg each)*
    Qantas Club members and Silver Qantas Frequent FlyersEconomy - 1 piece (maximum 32kg)*
    Business - 2 pieces (maximum 32kg each)*
    Gold Qantas Frequent Flyers2 pieces (maximum 32kg each)*
    Platinum/Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyers2 pieces (maximum 32kg each)*
     
  27. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, the allowances...I understand.

    What I am questioning (and I know it says 23kg/1bag per person domestic economy) is if Winter had 4 bags, total under 92kg, why they didn't just accept the average between the 4 and let the ski bag go given that they will take a 32kg bag from the person behind them.

    Because it's not this...
    They take 32kg bags.

    So it's just QF being pedantic.
    Which wasn't the best customer service for Winter.

    If it was really an OH&S issue, and they didn't take any 32kg bags, I could totally understand.
     
  28. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Take 2 bags. One has only what you need overnight and maybe the next night. Takkybin the other bag. Carting a 30kg bag around is not fun even if you are just changing trains a couple of times. It is ok if you are getting door to door taxi or bus.

    If you need/want a really light bag look at the luggage at Costco. For about $80 you get a suitcase and a carry on bag each of which weigh less than 2kg. You can get the same stuff online but i is a lot more expensive.

    Last trip we had 75kg on Jet* between 3 of us. This was 5 x 15kg pieces.

    When Qantas became associated with Emirates they changed to a weight system on international flights rather than pieces of baggage. Works heaps better for us.
     
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  29. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My booking details with Qantas for my recent trip clearly stated an allowance of 30 kg each, and the maximum for one item is 32 kg.
    We had a big bag weighing about 26 kg with all ski gear for both person a and myself - no skis, we rented - which we takyubinned to Hakuba and a smaller bag each for our non-ski frolicking before and after the snow.
    All up our total was about 55 kg.
     
  30. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    We flew Jetstar and our bags on the way home were -
    24kg
    19kg
    19kg
    10kg
    Total 72kg

    Our allowance was 4x20kg, that's for four of us all with skis, boots helmets etc. Had no problems, the lady just added them all up didn't say anything. On the way over the Jetstar lady didn't even want to weigh our ski bags, when I questioned her she just said "I saw you pick it up so I know it's under 20kg" and gave me a wink.
     
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  31. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Haha concur. Lugging around 32kg of ski bag was not fun. But still worth it in the end to have the right gear with me.
     
  32. smackies

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    Two weeks. Three boards.

    Unnecessary.
     
  33. Donza

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    agree..wanchor
     
  34. smackies

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    A less offensive pair of pants would've been a better idea than the third board.
     
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  35. Donza

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  36. gibbsy

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    Thats why I bit the bullet and left my board bag and all gear in Japan- Just zipped it up and flew home with carry on and a small bag I bought in Ueno for 900Y. Best move I made....Justget it takkyubinned to wherever I land next and travel light to and from from hereon in. Stoked. Hotel had no problem with it.
     
  37. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    three weeks three boards, and very necessary :D I think I used all equally.
     
  38. JimmyC

    JimmyC Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Cheers Silence, I hadn't found that one on-line. I booked yesterday at the ANA Intercontinental in Akasaka/Roppongi (dangerous?). I hope it's good. I just checked the Peninsula and boy does that look nice. I'm kind of glad they're all booked up that weekend.
    By the way, it seems there's some sort of silly run on in Tokyo 22 or 23 Feb. If you're after accommodation it's a little tight. And getting around might be difficult in places too.
     
  39. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Only if you listen to the Nigerian touts.
     
  40. gibbsy

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    Tell them you know Kingsley, you'll be fine...
     
  41. JimmyC

    JimmyC Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Actually, I was thinking more from the perspective of someone whose last time in Roppongi was an alcohol fuelled romp of epic proportions, conducted in company with fellow sailors with cash to burn. I hadn't even thought about the genuine risks involving others. I was blissfully ignorant last time. This time I'll have my wife in tow... Right, so Kingsley's my guy, eh? I'll keep my guard up in any respect. In fact, I'll likely just go elsewhere. I only booked there because it seems flash and there is bugger all available throughout the city from what I could see.
     
  42. gibbsy

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    No just a guy that the other Nigerian guys know and respect who has been there forever mentioned he was a mate I was off to see to the only tout who came up to me and he couldnt be polite enough fast enough . Roppongi is far from what it once was and there is very little chance of any trouble or danger unless you go out on romps of epic proportions! Stayed there with the gf and no worries, just good times and easy access to the wow of tokyo
     
  43. gibbsy

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    But Heinz is right, be careful of touts, which goes for anywhere of course
     
  44. winter

    winter One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    We had an amazing few hours yesterday at Happo after arriving at 2am.

    Re our luggage

    We always travel with the exact bags and its never been an issue. I now realise this was due to hubby's gold status. I didn't check this.
    I roll a bag of 30 kgs as does my hubby so our young children dont have to carry anything but carry on.
     
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    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nah mate Niseko is where it's at i'd just head back there next year if you enjoyed it so much. All the other places are harder to get too/connections are worse and you'll spend more time off the snow. Niseko has everything you really want.
     
  46. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty

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    Smells like theperfectsnow spam
     
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    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bro y u b lyk dis?
     
  48. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Second day back at work and have the Post Japan Blues really bad. Is it too early to start the 2014/2015 thread? ;)
     
  49. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    I've already started researching our trip for next year. With some 500 resorts throughout Japan there's a lot of work to do.
     
  50. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've been back three weeks, but I'm thinking of Andorra