Japan in Green Season

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

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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.
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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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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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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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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No more Lucky Pete’s bar?
 

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No more Lucky Pete’s bar?

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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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.
 

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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.

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 :)
 

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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 :)
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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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.

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 :)
 

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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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If you want the ultimate Green Season activity, do the Sado Island Earth Festival (reminded me, as this was last weekend).

I've been there twice. It's basically a Taiko Drumming festival, with the famous group Kodo. But there's a lot of other activities, and plenty to see and do..... and the beaches have real sand!!! ;)
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Some cracking photos..
Flight Centre offering flights from about $680 return for green season travel in 2020 (and of course not for the duration of the olympics)
 

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Some cracking photos..
Flight Centre offering flights from about $680 return for green season travel in 2020 (and of course not for the duration of the olympics)
# The last 4 photos of the concert are not mine, as you're not supposed to take photos at the concert.

Two weeks after the Olympics, which runs to 9th Aug. The 2020 Earth Festival is AUG 21 (FRI), 22 (SAT), 23 (SUN).
So flights to Japan are cheap then, and other tourists are probably in Kyoto by then ;)

The ferry to Sado Island is not far from Myoko, at Naoetsu.
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You'll see more if you have a car (ferry carries cars, but you need to book in advance), as you can drive interesting roads around the island. And away from town, there's hardly anybody around.... tourist's driving dream!!

And BTW, the Festival is in Ogi, not Ryotsu
 
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....... It's basically a Taiko Drumming festival, with the famous group Kodo. ..... and the beaches have real sand!!! ;)
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So no hurting feet going along the beach in my speedos. :evil:

Kodo must be very old group (with new members) - remember them maybe in the 80's here in a small theater - what a physical experience with that big drum - but summer in JP is just to hot for my now a days.:(
 

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My first EF was in 1995. Cracking weekend. Got off at the ferry terminal at Ogi, slept on the reserve opposite then started walking across the island at 4am the next morning. Great memories.
 
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I’m leaving tonight for green season Niseko.
Just had a look at the weather and I’m going to have to complete change my packing plans... it’s so green because there’s a lot of rain in the forecast LOL
Soggy hiking - yummy!
 
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I’m leaving tonight for green season Niseko.
Just had a look at the weather and I’m going to have to complete change my packing plans... it’s so green because there’s a lot of rain in the forecast LOL
Soggy hiking - yummy!
hike in gumboots?
 
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Main Street in Niseko up to Ace Quad
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Gondola/Holiday lift area
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Went for a bit of a hike from Goshiki Onsen, up Iwaonupuri today. Forgot to take Bear bells :mad:
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So very very green, often felt very “Land before time”. I feel very fortunate to be here at this time of year.
 

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This afternoon PB had a short recovery hike so we took the Niseko Summer Gondola that runs on the Ace Quad Chairlift Line up to Ace Hill and hiked a lap around the Ace 3 lift line.

Up the grassy steeper side (Center) a few pics at the top station, and down the less steep side (Shirakaba) which is a doddle on a snowboard but was steeper that you think when walking down on a gravel summer trail.

I was floored by how dense the greenery was! Can not believe we ski through there when the growth is over head height in many places!

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Yotei in the background. Loads of lounges set up so people can take in the view in luxury.
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Super under the Ace lift.
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View to Yotei
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The hiking trail around Ace 3 lift. Lots of these lovely white flowers that remind me of Eidleweiss. Quite grassy even on the trail, you’d be worried about snakes if it was Aus!
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PB is 6ft. Not a snowballs chance in hell of reaching the 1000m hut bell. The growth around that tree - it’s unbelievable! It’s all on piste there!
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The Ace 3 top station.
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Taken of the Peak of Mt Annupuri from the Ace 3 top station.
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Taken from the Ace 3 top station looking down the hill.
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This heavy foliage is in the ungroomed powderzone to the left of the piste.
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The Tix to ride the summer Gondie - no high tech RFID for the summer crowds.
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Ace Super and Super Ridge.
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Hirafu Village and Yotei from the Gondie
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Ace Super Ridge
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Ace Super and Super Ridge
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Happy LMB hiking down
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Today’s hike.
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The hiking trail around Ace 3 lift. Lots of these lovely white flowers that remind me of Eidleweiss. Quite grassy even on the trail, you’d be worried about snakes if it was Aus!
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Posted by a friend who lives in Hirafu village, Aug 4th.
I reckon its a non venomous ratsnake. However Japan's most common snake, the japanese pitviper/mamushi, I think is in the top 20 most dangerous snakes to humans. It lives in long green grass with white flowers and likes to attack foreigners.
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Pretty hard to scare an Aussie about snakes tho. We have something like #1, #3, #4, #5 and #7 of the top 10 dangerous snakes :p
 
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Posted by a friend who lives in Hirafu village, Aug 4th.
I reckon its a non venomous ratsnake. However Japan's most common snake, the japanese pitviper/mamushi, I think is in the top 20 most dangerous snakes to humans.
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Pretty hard to scare an Aussie about snakes tho. We have something like #1, #3, #4, #5 and #7 of the top 10 dangerous snakes :p
Oh bloody hell!!

Yesterday I went up Iwaonupuri without Bear Bells and today no gaiters and there could’ve been snakes! What a fail! LOL
 
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Oh bloody hell!!

Yesterday I went up Iwaonupuri without Bear Bells and today no gaiters and there could’ve been snakes! What a fail! LOL
Wasn't there a study recently with Grizzlys that showed the bells to be useless. They don't hear them in the wild normally, so they don't associate it with someone/something nearby. They will even come and investigate what the weird sound is.
 

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This afternoon PB had a short recovery hike so we took the Niseko Summer Gondola that runs on the Ace Quad Chairlift Line up to Ace Hill and hiked a lap around the Ace 3 lift line.

Up the grassy steeper side (Center) a few pics at the top station, and down the less steep side (Shirakaba) which is a doddle on a snowboard but was steeper that you think when walking down on a gravel summer trail.

I was floored by how dense the greenery was! Can not believe we ski through there when the growth is over head height in many places!
I often tell people that Japan is a jungle in summer time.... They usually have no idea!!!! ;)
Even MORE jungle in central Japan, because it gets much hotter.
 
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A lot of Canadians I know call them dinner bells
Ahhh right.

Well PB and I were joking that the bears would at least get a better feed off of us over the typical Japanese hiker. Reared in a good pasture - well me anyway! He’s pretty lean at the moment.

ALL the Japanese hikers had them, even people walking through the streets of Hirafu had them on their backpacks. Doesn’t mean they work though!

Here’s a few more pics of the Shirabetsugawa river reserve in its glory. I saw a fellow walking along with a stick across his shoulders, then I realised it was a golf club and that whole reserve is a golf course!

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