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Japan 2020 - planning and stuff.

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

  1. silva

    silva One of Us

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    Yes, they have a holding area and picking up your bags is hassle free. Very well organised service.
     
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  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This.
    Just make sure you write the correct date and flight #
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    Anyone been here http://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/manza_onsen/ ?

    I saw an ad on FB and it caught my interest.
    Wondering whether it would be a good place to take my (will be then 5 year old) daughter for her first real slide in January.
     
  4. southpaw

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    We arrive at Narita end of the first week of Jan and are sightseeing in Tokyo and Kyoto for 12 days before going on to Hakuba. I was planning on using the luggage forwarding service to send skis etc onto the Hakuba lodge we have booked but wanted to check whether that would pose any issues from the luggage forwarders point of view? Obviously I will contact the lodge to see if they would be happy to store for that long.
    BTW following advice on this forum I have booked an Airbnb 2 bedder apartment (real 2 bedder plus big living area!) in Ueno for the 4 of us rather than a hotel. The apartment was a bit pricey but compared to 2 shoebox size hotel rooms it’s a much much better deal.
     
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  5. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    As long as its ok with the lodge, should be no worries.
     
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  6. southpaw

    southpaw One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Cheers
     
  7. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You'll appreciate the room .

    For a tip re airbnb , I always select 2 bedrooms in the filter, then see if they have a sq metre listed .
    ideally above 42sq metres
     
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  8. southpaw

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    Yeah no sq meterage listed but was comforted by the fact that it claims to sleep 8 and the many reviews saying how spacious it is. The tariff also includes free use of a pocket wifi device that gives 3 gigs a data per day before throttling which can be used outside the apartment.
     
  9. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah the wifi are great (and common for airbnb).
    Sounds like you have a ideal spot to stay. Ueno is fantastic for a intro to Tokyo. Its familiar and a bit old school.
     
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  10. PMG

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  11. Shrike

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    I am doing something similar, my accom provider was happy to provide the Japanese address for me to ship my snow gear to. (they are also picking me up from the train station when I check in :) )
     
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  12. M_G

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    Pretty much standard for most winter ski accomm in Japan.
     
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  13. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep
     
  14. hotsaki

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    I find walking around in circles whilst crying helps.Someone usually shows you the way out!
     
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  15. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    A well placed Sumimasen BEFORE bursting into tears can also go a long way.
     
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    I nearly did!
    I had all my ski gear, laptop, gopros, drone and almost 2 million yen in that locker!
    close to a tantrum at least :p
     
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  17. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Also...if you pay with a SUICA/ Pasmo for your locker....it only opens with that card.......

    hmmmm . Now which locker did I pay coin for or
     
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  18. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I haven’t managed to get a suica yet, was planning on buying one before the next trip - to order online, or buy on arrival into Tokyo when I’ll already be coming via train from Hokkaido...

    Then my package for the rugby World Cup arrives - TWO SUICAS INCLUDED - w00t! Sometimes procrastinating is a good thing.
     
  19. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    We've had to use
    michinimayoimashita a few times over the years.
     
  20. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quite a few times now that I think about it.
     
  21. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Car sorted
    Subaru Levorg tourer
    JPY ¥ 125,400 for 13 days
     
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    If on the chance we do take skis with us to Niseko at the end of the year, what are the options for the rest of the trip? Eg. We are skiing for ~a week then travelling south for the last ~2-3 weeks. Would it just be a matter of using luggage forwarding each place we stay (Kyoto-Osaka-Tokyo) and hope the accomm can store it? As we were originally thinking of not taking skis and hiring because of this. :)
     
  23. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should be able to send it on to your point of departure. They'll store it
     
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  24. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You're really lashing out this time. :whistle:
     
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  25. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah. Going to do a few kays.. Osaka.. Gifu.. Nagano.. Kyoto.. Osaka.
    The hire car place is next to our accommodation.
     
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  26. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Only painful thing. We'll be at USJ on coming of age day.
     
  27. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bit of trivia. One of my sons' mates works at USJ and apparently has a bit of a following on Japanese social media.
     
  28. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Random
    If not for Harry Potter world.... I'm not sure we'd be going
     
  29. smackies

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    Hope you're not missing any good snow days for that...
     
  30. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its not all about the snow you know..... onsens and shopping is serious
     
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  31. Amelia1810

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    Would this mean the airport? Didn't realise that would even be possible, that's pretty handy
     
  32. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. Black Cat / Takkyubin.
     
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    Store it for 2-3 weeks? That’s a big ask. But I’ve never tried.
     
  34. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah. I thought there was a limit.
    Might be worth checking.

    When we did 10 days touring around with the folks we asked our Accom Provider to pick our bags up from the apartment, but told them to take a few days - pick the bags up after we left, take a day or so to lodge with office in Kutchan and send to departure airport. Worked fine.
    I wouldn’t have gone to that effort if I didn’t think there was a limit.

    But 2-3 weeks is more again.
    They could ship them to one of the hotels mid stay, then get the hotel to send them to the airport on departure. That’d be double cost though.
     
  35. billykate

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    Flights booked 17 Jan - 3rd Feb Niseko... jeez that year went quick!
     
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  36. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    W00t
    Much excite!
    Finally get our shred on!
     
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    :woohoo:
     
  38. M_G

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    Nope, won't do it. I think max is 2-3 days.
     
  39. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, not sure if the airport would hold it for 2-3 weeks at least not without charge. Worth asking though. I think though you might have a better chance asking the final accommodation in Tokyo instead. Then you just have to take the gear to the airport.
     
  40. Any

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    I believe you can ask Black Cat themselves to hold it / delay the delivery for some time. I think it might be 7-10 days ish, but perhaps longer.
    A few years ago I had a housemate do that because he was going backpacking before heading back home, and had no hotel to send his bags to so they were going straight to the airport.
     
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    Black Cat = 7 days.

    There are luggage storage services in major JR stations, but in most cases, the max = 15 days or less.
    [​IMG]
     
  42. Donzah

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    I've done six days at the airport
     
  43. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Best chance I think is to book a major hotel in Tokyo for the last night and ask them. Or else do a double transfer.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    So just re- reading this.
    You can absolutely send stuff on to each hotel destination. Takes a few days but if you’ve got necessities in hand luggage - all good.

    But if you’re skiing for just a week and travelling around for 2-3, with multiple takkyubjns of ski gear I think you’ll be better off hiring the skis (take your boots). Use it as a demo week at Rhythm - premium package allows unlimited swaps. Powder planks for the big days and regular skis if it hasn’t snowed. Either option works.
     
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    Okay, the most straightforward way is this. Ask if you can leave it at your hotel in Niseko, fill out the takkyubin form before you leave and pay the hotel the funds required. They can send it 3-4 days before your flight.

    We've done that for guests quite a few times. The only time it came unstuck was when it snowed in Tokyo and Black Cat system was buggered up. So guest caught the shink to Nagano, I handed the skis over the barrier, then he went straight back to Tokyo.
     
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    Maybe he plays Harry Potter. :) I'll have to look into it.
     
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    This!
     
  48. Any

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    I didn't realize that you'll be going from Niseko to do touristy stuff, then airport.
    You can leave them at my place in Hirafu for as long as you like no problems at all, and organize Black Cat to pickup for 4-6 days out from your flights.
     
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    If you forget to organize black cat pickup, I'll turn your skis into shot skis ;P
     
  50. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have now booked flights with Qantas into and out of Osaka (Feb 6-22).

    After several trips in the last 10 years exploring Tohoku and several more since 1990 in Hokkaido I thought I might try a return to the region of my first couple of Japan trips in 1986 & 1987 when I skied Naeba & Shiga Kogen. I was also keen to check out Osaka once again as a change from the usual Tokyo entry.

    Japan in the 80's was very much peak bubble era. Things have changed quite a bit since then. But I have read a few reports here on Shiga Kogen which suggest it still has a bit of an old-school feel about it and not been overrun with new developments which does intrigue me, so keen to have another look.

    Now to work out details. Where to base at Shiga and what other ski areas I should check out.

    For those 80's trips I was with a group and we stayed at the Shiga Heights hotel which was a short walk to Maruike. I googled that hotel and from first appearances it looks little different from those days. I generally like staying in small family run Pensions that have good meals. Don't really feel the need to go out to different restaurants each night (occasional maybe), can do that in the cities. A fairly central location would be good also, but anywhere a short walk to the lift network would be good. Interested in any suggestions from experience.
     
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