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Trip Report Japan 2016 - Akita & Iwate

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Heinz, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    For comparison

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    22 nights in Japan in 2016 and didn't see okonomiyaki on any menu until night 22 at Haneda airport. Wasn't bad either.
     
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    I can't say its something I order much.
     
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    I didnt see takoyaki until the airport either, and I smashed that shit.
     
  5. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had
    Had Takoyaki at Amihari.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good final day of skiing for trip at Geto. Now starting journey home, on way to Sendai tonight.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Friday Feb 26 Geto Kogen

    Similar sort of day to yesterday. Probably about 15cm new snow, so was some quite nice skiing on the pistes. But also had a few runs in the Summit tree zone which were very good. Was happy to just lap the gondola not bothering with the traverse to the C chair.

    Finished a bit earlier, to get back to Kitakami, then onto the Yamabiko Shinkansen to Sendai.
     
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  8. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Summit zone

    From the top
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    Into it
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  9. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    So that is it for the skiing this trip. In short 12 consecutive days in 7 different ski areas, 3 I had skied before, the others for the first time.

    Flying home tomorrow.
     
  10. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Dinner in Sendai tonight.
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    On the Komachi to Tokyo now. Very full and no luggage space.
     
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    DIY okinominyaki with yakisoba noodles in Sapporo restaurant earlier this month (we avoid the bonito flakes), cooked by MrsB. :cheers:

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    Thanks Heinz, have enjoyed muchly, safe trip home
     
  14. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Negotiated the Tokyo to Hammatsucho to Haneda transfer ok. Now waiting for checkin to open.
     
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    bluestick One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    yea thanks Heinz great tr as usual much apprecited ....you certainly got around...overall how would you say the snow conditions were?
     
  16. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Generally reasonable. Would have been much better though if not for the rain on the first two Saturdays.
     
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    Likewise for the Hayabusa last week.
     
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    Jesus Christ why?!?! Bonito is the best source of umami flavour after vegemite*.

    *Opinion biased due to Australian upbringing and current habit of eating vegemite by the tablespoon.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Saw that place at Haneda just now. Easy decision, was very nice but no comparison with the one in Kitakami.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was pretty disappointed with that, quite a major oversight. I guess they are assuming everyone in Japan travels light or uses the delivery services. Unfortunately not an option when you are flying home out of Japan straight after skiing.

    The overhead racks are only good for small bags, jackets etc or long narrow bags like my ski bag as long as others aren't using it. My main bag though I had to jam in front of my legs at my seat - not that comfortable.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Saw some poster for the Hayabusa & Komachi trains. They have these carton superhero characters representing them. Hayabusa greenmale, Komachi red female. They are joined together up until Morioka then split - Haybusa to Aomori, Komachi to Akita. Otherwise they are the same.
     
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    Another thing I seem to recall from past trips. Japan arrival processing super quick. However check in on departure very slow.

    Haneda International though is pretty nice once you get through.
     
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    Saw that happening when we arrived in Morioka. We weren't the only ones fascinated by the uncoupling procedure. It drew quite a crowd of Japanese as well.
     
  24. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I didn't actually see it as I was still on the Komachi heading to Tazawako.

    I saw a Hayabusa speed through Kitakami station yesterday while I was waiting for the Yamabiko. You get a real appreciation of the speed then!

    Another thing, today at Sendai there was a Yamabiko leaving 6 mins before the Komachi that I was catching. The Komachi though arrives in Tokyo some 20mins earlier as the Yamabiko makes extra stops. So I guess there must be bypass tracks along the way.

    Shinkansens are awesome apart from the lack of luggage space...
     
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    Looks like a pretty full flight.
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    According to Wikipedia, the Hayabusa and Komachi are the fastest in the shinkansen fleet with a maximum operating speed of 320 kph.
     
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    New maglev shinkansen is under construction now, and the new shinkansen will run at 505kph between Tokyo and Osaka.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chūō_Shinkansen
     
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    When you book Shinkansen, you can choose where to seat, you know that, right?. When I go skiing by shinkansen, I book one of the rearmost seats. If you book a rearmost seat, you can use the space behind your seat freely like this picture.
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    And shinkansen has these luggage spaces too(don't remember if Komachi has them or not, though)
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    Another trick..... If you have 6 people (or 4 people where there's two seats side by side) spin the seats around, and use the gap between the seat backs.
     
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    In Sudney now waiting for connecting flight. Just had a coffee and the messiest pie ever.
     
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    The Komachi and Hayabusa don't have those.
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heinz do you mind if I post some random pics of our time in Iwate and Akita in this thread?
     
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    Which is all fantastic, just take out a row of seats and give us some luggage space.

    Didn't have the option of specifying seat, reserved a half hour before when I got to the station.

    The rack in your pic was good. It was what I was used to. You could flip the shelf down and store skis vertically - all good, but not present on the Komachi or Hayabusa. They only had a tiny space with the bottom half next to the toilet. Not good for much.

    And rotating seats wasn't going to work when car is already full and I a on my own.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not at all. Will be an interesting comparison, even if we never actually crossed paths.
     
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    Please indulge us!
     
  38. Heinz

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    and I simply don't understand this. Seems a massive oversight.
     
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    Excellent TR as always Heinz :thumbs:
     
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    Okay thanks. Not a lot of snow riding in them though. You covered that better than we did.
     
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    A quick setup for the following pics.
    Our Japan trips are usually divided into 3 parts - skiing, sightseeing/cultural and Tokyo/shopping with the skiing component usually consuming about two thirds of our time. It has been the backbone of our numerous trips to Japan and has been a good working compromise between my +1 and myself. If it had been just left to me in planning these trips I no doubt would have concentrated purely on the skiing aspect and would not have visited the many great places that we have.
    Having spent a couple of weeks wearing our legs out in Niigata, our trip north to Tohuku was based on attending the Kamakura and Bonden festival in Yokote, checking out the Samurai district in Kakunodate and spending one night at a swish ryokan at Nyuto Onsen. Oh, and getting in a bit of snow sliding hopefully. :love:

    Get a room you two.
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    Our ride (bargain for approx. $60 a day).
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    First stop - Taenoyu Onsen.
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    Second stop - one of Taenoyu's numerous onsens and watching the rain come down.
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    Komachi on the left, Hayabusa on the right.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just arrived home - first time I've seen clear blue sky for 2 weeks.
     
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    Sunday started like Saturday ended. Hosing down. Didn't stop some hardy souls getting out there.
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    The JMA must have mentioned snow somewhere in the forecast.
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    After admiring the locals' dedication to the cause, we decided it wasn't our cup of tea and exploring the local area was the better option.
    Lake Tazawa. @ 423 metres the deepest lake in Japan.

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    The novelty will wear off quickly. :(
     
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    That would have been my first day there. The 'dust on crust' day.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice shots of lake Tazawa. I only got a few brief distant glimpses of it - not quite like the brochure pics.
     
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    Started to snow in the small hours of Monday morning so went to check the hill.
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    Having endured a really unpleasant dust on crust day the previous week, we opted out and headed south to Kakunodate which is popular in Japan for its Sakura Matsuri festival in spring and samurai houses year round.
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    One of the residences was the best we had ever visited with an amazing array of artefacts and memorabilia.
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