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Japan 2020 - planning and stuff.

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

  1. shabu_shabu

    shabu_shabu One of Us

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    That works. Not. From a boomer.
     
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    Yes, still a problem.


    Back in time (80's):

    Japanese major company to Professor at T.I.T (now Tokyo Tech): " We would like to have a student form your Laboratory"

    Professor to major company: "Yes, we have this bright girl who would fit you company"

    Japanese major company " Ehhh,... we were more thinking about a male candidate".

    (and she had glasses) :)

    Case closed!

    (and repeat that a number of times)


    - my greatest luck in life! - that way I going skiing in Japan LOL
     
  4. Sbooker

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    So we have an overnight in Narita (fly in 6pm) and jump back on a plane a 7.30am the next morning bound for Chitose.
    We have a hotel booked near the airport - with a free shuttle but I would like to dump our bags and head to the town (city??) of Narita to experience our first bit of Japanese culture shock. I’m thinking just dinner at an non hotel restaurant and a walk around the streets.
    Best way to get from Narita Toni Hotel to Narita town?
     
  5. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    I usually stay in the town itself (Richmond Hotel ) and catch the train from the airport either JR or Keisai then walk to hotel . Richmond has a shuttle bus , but sometimes you miss it and 20 mins until the next arrives . You can then explore the town at your leisure plenty of great restaurants also ( I usually just walk into whichever looks appealing ...never had a dud ) .
    Next day book the hotel shuttle or train depending on bags .
     
  6. Heinz

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    As many of the hotels are someway between the airport and the town they will have shuttles going to both. The ones going to town normally go to the station, then the AEON shopping centre. You just need to check the shuttle schedules or else just get a taxi.
     
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  7. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Narita Toni?
     
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  8. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  9. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You couldn't find it either?

    The time I went I stayed at the Gateway which is about midway between airport and town. It was fine with the shuttle from airport and town. But in retrospect had I known better I think @Nozawaman option by the station would have been a better choice.
     
  10. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No.
    I presumed "town" as auto-correct
     
  11. Sbooker

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    Dunno. Terminal three apparently.
     
  12. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    What's the name of the hotel again?
     
  13. Sbooker

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    Oh sorry. The hotel.
    Narita Tobu.
    Sorry. Auto correct.
     
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  14. Heinz

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    Ah ok, so if it is actually by the terminal, then I would think best option would be to go back to the terminal and catch the train - note there is Keisei & JR lines.
     
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  15. Sbooker

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    Sorry. A bit of confusion in the last few posts. I thought Toni was some thing at the airport. I didn’t realise autocorrect had changed the hotel name Tobu.
    The hotel is about 5 minutes in the shuttle from the terminal. Hopefully the hotel shuttle also goes to the town.
     
  16. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nah. Probably not. The shuttle just loops to T1,2,3 I'd guess. I stayed at the Nikko nearby to Tobu. That was the pattern.
    You'd have to catch the train to Narita town. As Heinz said.
     
  17. Heinz

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  18. Donzah

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    Thanks. Helpful.
    I just read on Trip Advisor that they have a free shuttle to Aeon Mall.
     
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  20. Donzah

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    Gotta love a free shuttle.
    Bet it is efficient too - yay Japan.
     
  22. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Actually... Lol.
    I felt I could have walked there faster.
    Narita roads are a myriad of switchbacks.
     
  23. Nozawaman

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    That's not near the interesting part of town ie temple
     
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  24. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, but that's a just shopping mall, so i don't know how much of a Japanese culture that will be. I didn't go in there so can't say, but the bus that went there picked up a whole bunch of Chinese tourists. It is also a fair way from the main part of town near the station which seemed the more interesting area. Shuttles will probably only run once an hour.
     
  25. Heinz

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    snap
     
  26. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I noticed there is a 7/11 adjacent to your hotel.

    Nothing more Japanese than Combini food and chu hi
     
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    I try to always stay near one of the Narita Stations. That way it gives you the option of shuttle or train. Lots of great places to eat. Just be aware that some of them don't really like having foreigners in, but that's okay, just move on. I went to one last year with my daughter and they weren't keen but once we started to talk to them in Japanese they were fine - and it was a really good meal.
     
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  29. Donzah

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    Looking at the Narita town restaurants. Gee they like a bit of Unagi!
     
  30. PMG

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    Forget visiting Aeon Mall. Really no more interesting than your average suburban Westfield.
     
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    Newbies might enjoy and you can pick some stuff duty free
     
  32. Heinz

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    Depends on what you want - a shopping mall much like anywhere else or an old school Japanese town vibe albeit with a lot more tourists.
     
  33. smackies

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    Not that you have time, but for anyone else with a day to kill in or around Narita (and after checking out Narita) go to Tako and e-bike around. There’s not much else to do there really, but it is a bit of fun.

    As above, the mall isn’t really a highlight.
     
  34. Tonester

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    Not that I want to impose my boomer ideology here, but I do like being IN the pow rather than ON top of it. Just saying
     
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    yep....and before you step into your first conbini, get an education here
     
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  36. Sbooker

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    Now changing to the Richmond Hotel (thanks Nozawaman) in Narita town. Has a free shuttle from the airport.
    We will be able to check out the town.
    Thanks for all the advice.
    *While we’re at it restaurant recommendations would be great.
     
  37. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You like grilled eel?
    Looks like you'd be in luck... many resturants
     
  38. silva

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    ARGH, I have been in the market for a agressive all mountain ladies board for about 5 years. Nope - they just dont make them. Ladies boards are noodles made for 40kg beginners. I am short (160cm tall). I want a 150 to 153cm Camber board - I have a Option Bella which I love but despite looking all over the world (literally) there is nothing available. Only option I (and my friendly board shop) have found is to have one custom made which I am hesitant to do as I really want to test ride first. Friendly board shop have previously ordered stuff in just for me to try and are hopeful for a Nitro and Capita option next year.

    Dont get me started on my high tech outerwear rant - not all women are built like an hourglass and not all women like restrictive slim fit snow wear. I am a size 14. Its hugely annoying when my size 8 - 10 friends have to opt for the size XL ladies gear so that layers fit underneath and they still have freedom of movement - I am a size 14, yes, I could probably afford to loose a couple of kgs but I am fit, healthy and active (and size 14 is average!). Finding quality outerwear bigger than ladies XL is pretty much impossible - its the largest size companies like Arcteryx make - and its worn by size 8-10 ladies.
     
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  39. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why not just ride a 150-153 mens camber board? With a decent (say more than 7 flex rating)?
    *womens specific is a bit of misnomer in a lot of examples IMO. The only thing that changes is the graphics on a bunch of models.

    Agree re outerwear. Was having this discussion with friends of mine that struggle to get outerwear to fit.
    Volcom ladies is supposedly moving towards a more true to size range...
     
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  40. Sbooker

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    Never tried it. We’d give it a go though. You like?
     
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  41. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I do....
    Its quite a delicate fish. That gets a caramalised texture when they cook it.
    I wouldn't order it as a main. Rather in a set (with sashimi, tempura, salad and rice eg)
     
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    While I can't speak to the quality of the board directly, I rode with a girl who would have been around the 80Kg mark this year who was on a Nitro Drop, and she was ripping it up. We were fortunate enough to catch the storm system that hit Perisher in the first week of August, and it was fund riding in the pow with her, as well as hitting excelerator.
     
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    prefix I know nothing about snowboarding but my missus is similar height and flies through the powder and boards pretty aggressively on her endless summer board and loves it.
     
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    Why is there even women's snowboards? Isnt it just marketing nonsense? Must be the only 'board' sport where it happens. The girls I ride with shred, often better than some of the guys, not sure why they would need different decks except size wise.
     
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    At least in some part, graphics and marketing. There are some women who will actively seek out a pretty board, just as there are some guys (like me) who will avoid a board with overtly crass or sexualised graphics.

    There is some sense to it - for a given weight, it is likely that a woman would have smaller feet than a man, all else being equal. This translates to a narrower waist width on a board. The other part is flex, as mentioned above. For a given body weight, muscle mass is distributed differently in different bodies, leading to (typically) women needing a board with slightly softer flex relative to their weight than men.

    All that being said, in cycling, many brands are shifting away from "women's specific design/geometry/etc" and into a more generalised design with better customisation options.
     
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    How's the Nikko at Narita? Kansai standard?
     
  47. Sbooker

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    I see your point. Why are there different types of clothing for men and women?
    There's a difference because males and females are different. I don't know why that is now so wrong. Surely we as men can be proud we are different to the females in our lives and women can be proud they're different to men.
    In my world it's pretty obvious that the two genders are different both physically and sometimes emotionally.
    We're put together differently to compliment one another surely.
     
  48. LMB

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    Given my foot size, height, weight and strength to size ratio is equivalent to a mans it’s all about the graphics for me. Mainly because I’ve been forced into men’s gear in the past due to not being that tiny, lithe little lass that the ski industry seems to think is the snow girl demographic. It’s a bit of pushback.

    Not sure if they’ll tick your boxes but I’ve got my happy quiver at long last, excellent for Japan, and all women’s specific boards. (I also enjoyed the Roxy Eminence C2BTX 154 and rode that again in Thredbo this season)

    YES Hel Yes (149)
    https://thegoodride.com/snowboard-r...-2020-snowboard-review/#other-product-details
    JONES Dreamcatcher Splity (154)
    https://www.evo.com/splitboards/jones-dream-catcher-splitboard-womens
    GENTEMSTICK Trinity (156)
    https://thegoodride.com/snowboard-reviews/gentemstick-trinity-snowboard-review/
     
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    Room wasn't as big as Kansai. However still a decent size.
    We were put up at both by JAL as we had tickets through to CTS the next morning.
    I'm not sure if that still happens?
     
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    Was it an unscheduled delay?
    We’ve been put up in Sapporo a couple of times due to flight cancellations, and once in HK for inability of flight to CTS to land.