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Japan with Family - hoping for Advice

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Ken Crowe, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Ken Crowe

    Ken Crowe First Runs

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    Hi all - I'm trying to plan a ski holiday and having a lot of trouble meeting the family's needs. I'm hoping to get a recommendation about destinations and facilities from experienced travelers. One member of the family is vegan and needs access to a market or anywhere she can buy fresh produce. Access to retail shopping is also a big plus, but we have heard a lot of negative opinions on Niseko (crowds, lines, lift lines, expensive etc), and we have already ski'ed Hakuba... so we were thinking Shiga Kogen, Furano or maybe Niseko if it's not too crowded then? Work means we have to arrive just after XMAS 2019 and depart around 7 Jan. early season.

    (1) Would Niseko be quieter in early Jan? (2) Furano seems to only have a few lifts - would it get repetitive for a 6 night stay? (3) are there any stores, markets, or places to buy food any where near Shiga Kogen?

    Wife low intermediate - all the rest high intermediate or low advanced.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Furano ticks all your boxes. It's a big town with shops.

    Don't worry about the number of lifts, it's a large area. It's actually 2 linked resorts.
     
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  3. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Furano and Niseko you can get access to markets and restaurants with vego options at a minimum, some vegan.

    Shiga Kogen not so much unless you have a car and happy to drive quite a way.

    Niseko is busy all of Jan. Xmas - NY not too bad.

    Any of the 3 will have enough to keep you busy/happy for the time.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The vegan will be a challenge. But I think Furano should meet your needs. There is certainly enough skiing wise and shopping wise for a week.
     
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    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I should add it is a nice walk into the town of Furano from the ski village area. Uphill on the way back so take a backpack for the shopping goodies.

    There is a shuttle bus that used to be 100yen (the 1 buck bus :)) but I do not know if it is still running or is still 100 yen. We stopped using it when we figured out we could walk.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    We walked also - even though we had the car - it’s a nice walk.
     
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    Crispy013 One of Us

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    (1) No. Niseko is busy period. (2) Furano would keep you entertained for a week. It has 2 mountain sides to explore. There is also nearby day trips if further variety is needed. (3) Not really. I would strike Shiga off the list.

    Go Furano, you will enjoy. Add a car for ultimate flexibility.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cars are cheap in Hokkaido in winter
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  10. Ken Crowe

    Ken Crowe First Runs

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    Thanks everyone - this is great advice and we're booking as soon as we can. I used a SkiJapan.com travel agent for Hakuba a few years back and tried to get back in touch with her but she's left and the Sydney phone number rings out. I'll look around the ski.com.au site for some pointers and maybe fid an apartment or house. Based on the advice above I'll get a car too, and sort out my international license too.
    cheers and beers
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. You are much better off with the advice on here than from a Travel agent. There is no shortage of real experience here. Just need to filter it a bit.
     
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  13. geeoff

    geeoff Hard Yards

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    Those dates could be hard at Furano at this point.
    Airbnb may have some accomodation but probably in town rather than near ski field at Kitanomine.
    Otherwise some of the bigger hotels like Prince, Naturwald or Natulux (in town) may have more chance of vacancy.
    If you want an agent to look around DeepPowder Tours might be worth a try.
    Good luck.
     
  14. Jonkl

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    Alternatively you can stay at Asahikawa for a few nights where more shoppings and restaurants and markets to choose from. And there are a few ski fields in between Asahikawa and Furano to choose from as well.

    In Furano, try Brick House if you are still looking for a place to stay, as I posted in the other thread, host is very helpful and room is new, tidy and clean. 5 mins walk to the ski field, only trouble would be the price.
     
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    PM me dates etc. We have some really nice places in Hakuba that sound like just what you need. :)