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Japan 2020 - planning and stuff.

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Donzah, Feb 27, 2019.

  1. Sandy

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    Eftpos implies transfer from your bank account electronically, but this is not so much the case. It's usually credit cards, and you will need to use PIN or sign.
     
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    I presume there is daily buses to these resorts
     
  3. Donzah

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    Way better with a car.
    I'd never catch a bus there.....
     
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    Sorry, I stand corrected. I was using the AUS acronym which really only applies to the AUS context. I meant that on our last trip in 2017 there were more mobile terminals available.
     
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    I will have had 13 days around tohoku area (appi,hachimantai, geto,eboshi, sumikawa)so just trying to get a bit closer to Tokyo to use tohoku shink pass on 14th day and save a few yen. I did fukushima area last year for a week aswell as tazawako,shizukuishi,geto. ive read that zao onsen isn't the best for boarders/trees and I will be in miyagi area for 2/3 days before heading south. ive never been to nozawa so thought id take a look in that area for last week.
     
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    are the buses unreliable or infrequent?
     
  7. Donzah

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    Or you could turn up at resort... Say Ryuoo.
    Find out the ropeway is closed.
     
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    ah good point!
     
  9. Sandy

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    Acceptance and usage of CC is definitely becoming more common for small amounts of money where cash was previously used.
    Often the case where you can choose cash, CC or Suica for automated payment machines at supermarkets, and other.
     
  10. M_G

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    They're frequent enough BUT in the 'cost v convenience' stakes car wins out easily. If you're staying in Nozawa forget catching a bus to the other resorts.
     
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    Shiba Park Hotel foyer Tokyo.

     
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  12. Lucky Pete

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    When there just isnt enough days in the month.

     
  13. Donzah

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    Thats a WC team right there.
    The Baby Blacks...
     
  14. Dave6

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    Another car hire question. What is the typical rate for a 4wd wagon (Wingroad or something similar)? I am finding prices around 13000 yen per day. That is with 4WD and snow tyres - no CDW or other extras.

    I am looking to hire from Joetsu-Myoko station if anyone has any good tips.
     
  15. Sandy

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    Toyota Corolla Fielder is also similar to the Nissan Wingroad
     
  16. Crispy013

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    That’s super expensive IMO. How many people are you looking for and how long?
     
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    Yeah, that's what I thought. Looking for two-ish weeks. Three people.
     
  18. Dave6

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    Found some cheaper options with Times Car Rental

    https://www.timescar-rental.com/en
     
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    Keep an eye on Times and Nippon. Winter deals will be your best bet for value. They unfortunately only get released generally in October/November. I’ve already picked up my car deal (40% off) with Nippon for a Wingroad/Fielder @Y5600 per day. Luckily the deal extended to pick up Dec 26 so just snuck in.

    I did a quick search on Nippon and coming back @ Y8000 per day for a Wingroad/Fielder. That’s probably fair. Best wait it out until some better deals drop.
     
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    I can only see 2WD Wingroad/Fielder on Nippon and quote comes in at 9500 per day.

    Can get Toyota Sienta on Times for 7500 which seems OK.
     
  21. Froff Life

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    9500 for a Fielder is outrageous. As Crispy suggested, wait until the winter deals get released around November. 6000 a day is a decent price, depending on how long you're hiring for
     
  22. M_G

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    Check Budget in Nagano too. They normally have some good deals.
     
  23. Lucky Pete

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    Do NOT get a 2wd no matter what you do.
     
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    its funny you see the 2wd taxis and police getting around my town. they're completely useless.
    ive also heard rumor that "professional drivers" aren't required snow tires either.

    one of my local streets is quite steep. it is steep enough that you get out of breath walking up it but not so steep that my 4wd little kei-van with snow tyres cant get up it easily. every 2nd day theres some idiot taxi driver trying to get up it. doing a full run up at max rpms and everything. 45mins of attempts later they give up and take the 1 minute detour for an easier exit :p

    recommend double checking for winter tires.
     
  25. M_G

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    Same with my street. Sick of Tokyo dickheads getting stuck in their 2WDs. Don't even bother to help them anymore.
     
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    Hakuba Happo-one winter & spring ski season 2019-2020 official video. Uploaded 2 weeks ago, but only 125 views:p


    Hakuba two weeks ago(late July)


    Some other videos filmed in Hakuba last month


     
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    Hakuba > Nagano>Gunma (Oze Iwakura).
    Anyone been to Iwakura?
    Thinking of driving from Takasaki (shink station) before returning to Tokyo.
     
  28. Sandy

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    Anywhere around Minakami and even Yuzawa is very doable from Takasaki.
     
  29. Crispy013

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    Yep good plan. It’s a fairly strait forward drive from Takasaki from memory. Good expressway to Numata, then along the valley to Oze. There was a fairly recent tunnel built which makes the drive even easier.
     
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    One for the brains trust, there seems to be no Sumo tournaments in Tokyo in April next year, so was thinking for something different to go to the Tokyo Dome for a baseball with my son while were there, can't get 2020 season up yet to see when there's a game, is it a problem to just rock up to the Tokyo Dome on the day to get tickets, [ when the fixture comes out ] or will I have to pre-order, thanks ;)
     
  31. Sandy

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    I just rolled up one evening at the Yokohama Stadium and bought tickets there. I've been to one game at Tokyo Dome, but had free tickets but I assume it's similar, unless it's a big sold out game. They will often have games on consecutive nights, so I think it's doable. Japanese baseball is a bit different (like a lot of things in Japan).
     
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    Thanks Sandy, was hoping that's the case, different is why we keep coming back:thumbs:, will have to wait till next years fixture comes up.
     
  33. M_G

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    If there's tickets left they'll probably be at the high end. Cheap tix go quick. There's always a few spruikers wandering around selling tickets outside. Sometimes you can be lucky.
     
  34. Crispy013

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    Working on a leave pass at the moment with the wife. Still 50/50.

    10 day powder trip early Feb. Tohoku.

    I like the look of the mountains around Kitakami and Morioka. More planning to come.
     
  35. 2ESki

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    Looks like I'll have to book tickets when the fixture comes out
     
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    If you are driving in Japan DO NOT forget to get and take an International Driving Permit


    Our mate just called me from the car hire at Chitose. Yep, didn’t read the fine print in the car hire, also clearly misunderstood my question “do you have an international licence?” (He is Ukrainian).

    Now he won’t have a car to chase his cycle training wife all over the place, and he has a choice between a $550 taxi trip, or an overnight in Chitose with a train journey tomorrow.

    She wants to ride the circuit for some qualifying race next year, plus check the place out. I guess it’ll be ride where the train will go, and get taxis for everything else.
     
  37. Any

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    :/
    its a 5 minute thing in oz. wonder if he could organize it from home and faxed over or something.
     
  38. travelislife

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    If you asked him that question though it’s not quite right. You can’t get an international licence, so might have confused him. The IDP is the biggest rort going around. All it is is an endorsement/translation of your Australian (or other nationality licence). It’s not even issued by the government (state or federal)!
     
  39. LMB

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    I know I know
    I’ve looked.
    Possible to apply online but 3-8 days processing - maybe can get fast track if he calls the office in Aus on Monday (delay of Sunday already).
    They then can express post.
    But to Kutchan? Still a few days I expect. They’re only there a week.

    Yeah, most people refer to it as an international licence, I didn’t want to confuse him (Ukrainian by birth, speaks 7 languages, Aussie citizen since our Olympics when he played for Aus). He travels all the time for water polo and drives in so many different countries. He just got back from Europe so I assumed he would have one already. Plus I was only involved last weekend for a lunch catch up. He had already organised a hire car etc. just didn’t read the bit about needing an IDP I guess.
     
  40. Lucky Pete

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    A common issue in winter here too. We now advised all our guests to get one before coming, that way they can do the carts too. :)

    Maybe your friend can quickly hire a young local guy to do the driving?? But being Obon this week many people are really busy.
     
  41. LMB

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    I posted on the staff FB page - so far one response about me saying IDP in a sentence about turning up to hire a car without “it” and assuming knowledge of what IDP is, isn’t it a “licence” (see above critique - I can’t win can I lol)... another post warning me about the fine if caught driving (as if I’d suggest that, Mrs Rule
    Follower) and one PM offering a little help despite being flat out busy this week.(I’ll be spruiking that business come the season, lovely guy!).

    I’ve just found out that he has a Japanese mate through polo coming up to stay with him soon (PB organised this trip not me) so hopefully he will be able to drive then, and they can just modify plans for foot, bike and public transport otherwise. And I was wrong he is there 2 weeks so maybe it is worth making an overseas/postage application.
     
  42. Donzah

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    Pretty decent festival lineup
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    Shoutout to Jai at Rhythm Hirafu.

    He’s a good bloke.
    Not only has he extended the hand of friendship and occasional chauffeur for my Ruski mate, he is also gonna dig some board wax out of summer storage for me so I can wax my kit in a couple of weeks when I rock up.

    Awesome humans exist.
    And of course, I’ll be happily sending everyone down there to get sorted with ski hire, or other stuff.

    Anyone heading to Niseko - go see Jai - top bloke!
     
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    I don't think I've ever heard even a single negative thing about Rhythm.

    makes it real hard to maintain my 'hate the corporate/man' attitude :p
     
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    Yeah, and they’re manic most days from Xmas until mid March - still never hear a bad word.

    I had a negative a few years ago when i spent a lot of time making sure they would have a specific board in a specific size available when I got there in Jan. After a demo, they didn’t... i was so annoyed. HOWEVER, it turned out the best week because I used it as a demo week and spent the entire week trialling different boards and bindings. And they were SO helpful and really interested in how I found each different board for flex etc. I ordered the board for the next season and picked it up at Cooma in April (when I was over in Canberra for a Water Polo championship).

    BUT You can’t really fault them for selling a board when I hadn’t paid a deposit!
     
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    What do you mean. They are a small privately owned (by some legends mind you) successful business - sure not Vail etc. They have been very generous in Hakuba, donating large prizes into the HIBA Xmas party etc. No need for anything but love for Matt and his team.
     
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    mostly a joke.
    but when they first opened in Niseko they advertised like crazy. so much that it was a little jarring.
     
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    We have booked return flights BNE-NRT for Jan 2020. Looking for advice on domestic flights from Osaka (KIX) to Sapporo (CTS) and CTS to NRT as we have decided, despite how much we enjoy central Honshu and especially Shiga Kogen, that it’s time to experience Hokkaido. We have a Kanazawa/Shirakawa-go/Kyoto road trip planned for the first week, hence flying ex-KIX. Questions:

    When will bookings open for Jan 2020 for the low cost carriers, like Peach?
    Any recommendations (outside of ANA and JAL) for the KIX-CTS and CTS-NRT routes?
    Any words of caution for specific domestic carriers?

    Luggage charges are not a factor as ski gear etc will be sent by Black Cat and we’ll be travelling light.

    Thanks
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    Shiga-specialists I try again.
    Am I correct that the road is closed?

    Has anybody tried to get from Shibutoge down to Manza Onsen for overnight stay? Has to be by road - taxi or by the accommodation provider for overnight stay in Manza Onsen?

    Edit: Road access to Shibutoge from south might be closed in winter so maybe not possible. :(
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  50. Donzah

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    Look at flying Itami.
    Cheaper than Kix