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Japan in Green Season

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Lucky Pete, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. Lucky Pete

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    When I owned Lucky Pete's I was often asked what it was like here in green season as most international guests only see it in winter so thought I'd start this thread so those members living here all year can use some photos to help show why we choose to do so. So here's a few to start.



     

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    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Great thread. Please keep the photos coming :thumbs:
     
  3. Any

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    Glen (from 360Niseko) 's ears must have been burning. Posted this only a couple of hours ago:

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  4. Hyst

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    Kita Alps and Kumotori.





     
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  5. telenomore

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    I came for the skiing (originally) and stayed for the cycling. Heres a couple of cycling pics from the year so far. Shikoku, Shimanami Kaido, Noto Peninsula, Gujohachiman/Gifu and Hokkaido.
     
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    Interesting. Is that a dedicated bike/pedestrian path or a (very) narrow single lane road? If the former, it is an incredibly exotic one.
     
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  7. LMB

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    Fantastic!
    I’ll be in Niseko next month, I’ll try and get a few pics to add to the thread.
     
  8. M_G

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    Me and the grommit at Tsubame Onsen a couple of days ago. Excuse the watermark which I can't work out how to delete.

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  9. telenomore

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    That is part of the "Shimanami Kaido" a dedicated cycle track that joins Shikoku (Imabari city) and Honshu (Onomichi City). It links half a dozen islands on the inland sea via bridges, signage and speciality cycle sections such as that in the picture. It is a fabulous piece of infrastructure and shows what can be done. It is very popular, about 72 km with some options to go around some of the islands for a longer ride. Some sections you share with vehicles on the roads and some are dedicated cycleways. Lots of specialty cycle shops/cycle infrastructure etc. It has become very popular, and rightly so, but nothing like the cycling in the Mts of central Shikoku, which IMO is the best in Japan. Couple more pics below of the "Shimanami Kaido".
     
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    I used to ride my bike along the Japan Sea coast a lot. There's a great trail (Kubiki Trail) that runs along an old rail line from just outside of Naoetsu nearly to Itoigawa. I've talked to relevant people in both Joetsu and Itoigawa Cities about getting that extended but no joy unfortunately. A dedicated coastal trail would be a big hit methinks. They could also link it in with the shinkansen stops. People could get off a one stop and ride to another, and they could arrange for their bags to be taken on and waiting for them.
     
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    I am not allowed to show the one with the wife. :whistle: (Takamagahara in the deep mountains).



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    Great area for hiking in the Green Season. Arimine lake to Shin-Hodaka-onsen.
     
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  12. Annabuzzy

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    No more Lucky Pete’s bar?
     
  13. Lucky Pete

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    Its still there, Im just not :) We sold it so as to focus on our apartments and start up another less intense business/es. At 50+ it was incredibly hard work too that used to really destroy me and I would spend a month recovering each spring. It wasnt big enough to put managers in but too busy with me and a small team. Must say it was awesome in so many ways as it got me into Hakuba, I met my now wife through it and have friends for life from some of the customers. Was stoked to take a closed place and within 2 years of hard work have it the number 1 rated place on Tripadvisor out of any restaurants etc in Hakuba.

    Thanks to all the forum members who dropped by, many good times there. Not all is lost though as have built a private bar under my apartments for friends to hang out in :) Have always wanted somewhere to hang that Bud banner after scoring it at Redrocks in Colorado in 1992 :) :)

     
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    How about putting in one of these? Then people can get drunk and ride your scooter around in it. ;):eek:

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    Don’t provoke the beast MG!
    You know he’ll do it LOL
     
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    Do like your "cross country motorbike" ! LOL

    Bet your do not have a licence for that privat bar. :whistle:
     
  18. Lucky Pete

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    No need to as we dont sell drinks, Im kinda done with that.... Its BYO or normally my friends not bringing enough and me giving them some of mine. Thats cool as when I go to their place I do the same :)

    As for the cage Nic, Im more a pole kinda guy ;)
     
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  19. LMB

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    Oh RLY.....

     
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  20. Lucky Pete

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    Not sure how you slipped in and took that photo but Im stoked with the definition in my back in that pic ;)
     
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    not quite green season, just after.
    Yotei in late October.
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    Today 28th July, I'm driving from Niigata up through Hakuba Valley and over to Matsumoto. Anyone around for an early afternoon coffee? Put a face to the handle? I should be going through Hakuba about 13:30-1:30 Ish. Im looking at a new cycle route so keen to pick any brains along the way.
     
  23. telenomore

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    I just pulled into Hakuba Station, found a restaurant right at the station turns out to be well known around here.
     
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    It's always green season in southern Kyushu.


     
  25. Lucky Pete

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    Oh bugger just saw this and I was around home most of the day. Sorry to have missed you, hopefully my sister in law looked after you at LPs :)
     
  26. telenomore

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    Yep thanks @Lucky Pete. Excellent Pizza pass it on from me. It was early afternoon and she got slammed just a I was leaving. Norikura and Shirakabako today, then down to Fuji Five Lakes tomorrow.
     
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  27. Lucky Pete

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    If you are ever back this way reach out, would be good to catch up. Glad you liked the pizza and will let Tae chan know, I still slip over there now and then for one :)
     
  28. Lucky Pete

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    For many people who live here all year round green season is also reno season. Whilst promising ourselves a break this year we have reneged and will be opening a new retail shop this year focused on local art, craft, really nice souvenirs and apparel, again down by the station. This shop was started 55 years ago by my wife's family as a fish shop so its nice to bring a family business back to it. Got to say at 52 builder's laborer work is tough but after 2 days we almost have it stripped out. Here all rubbish must be separated so 5 bulk bags, 1 kei almost over flowing kei truck of and only a little bit to go but if I never see another vinyl/lino floor again in a demo I wont be sad. 3 layers in places...

     
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