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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Ramenman, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I understand having special deals only available at events to bring people in the door but yes, as a West Aussie who also misses out on said deal - that’s pretty shitty!
     
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    First time I clicked through to this website even though Ramenman had provided a link earlier in this thread. Full English website. Very targeted. The recently posted video is interesting. It appears they have 'converted' Niseko skiers to real skiing in Japan. (Tongue in cheek.)
     
  3. Ramenman

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    Now, they are promoting the region by saying "Aizu is Samurai City". They try to attract more foreign skiers by offering them some cultural experiences. In Edo Era(1603 - 1867), there were 200 - 300 domains called Han in Japan. Aizu - Han (Aizu Domain) was one of them. There was Boshin War in 1868 - 1869. It's a war of New Modernized Government(Red) V Samurai Clans(Blue) who want Samurai era(Tokugawa Shogunate) to continue. Aizu Han was on Blue side and they lost, but they are proud of the history and they've started trying to attract foreign tourists by use of their samurai history as well.
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    About Boshin War : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boshin_War

    I like the history of Japan's 19th century. This picture was taken during Boshin War(1868 - 1869), of course colors were added later on. In the picture, they are basically wearing Japanese traditional clothes, but a few of them are wearing western ones as well.
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    The new modernized government troops demolished Tsuruga Castle(Aizu Castle) in Boshin War. It was rebuilt later on.
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    About Battle of Aizu : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Aizu

    About Byakkotai : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byakkotai
     
  4. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where's Tom?
     
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    Pretty sure he was in New Plymouth NZ for that
     
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    We visited Aizuwakamatsu in march this year. Thought we only spent the day there in transit from sendai to tokyo. Passed the Alts Bandai mountain area. Samauri city pamphlets were noticeable.
     
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    Anything you can recommend in Aizuwakamatsu?
     
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    skifree Part of the Furniture Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is not a reference to Thomas Glover?
     
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    We spent the day there, but there may be more to see than we got to. Note we were travelling with 5 and 9 yr old.
    On arrival we purchased an all day ticket for the vintage style hop on hop off bus, the option we purchased was bundled with entry to tsuruga-jo castle (rebuilt but some interesting stuff), then on to oyaku-en (small but picturesque) garden, then onto the byakkotai memorial site and sazedo temple (very old unique wooden double helix temple) you can get more info on japan-guide or check out my youtube clip of our day at
     
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    Thanks! :) Sazedo temple sounds interesting
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Haha....
    Gotcha!! LOL
     
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    Hope he gets a cell with a couple of Yakuza, let him try and explain it's "ART" to them LOL
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    D##khead. If he is lucky he will just get deported.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    He'll be locked up for a few weeks I bet...
     
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    Was a bit around Hakuba this past season as well.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    And Myoko. Juvenile dicks - grow up.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hope it gets more media so young westerners think twice about doing it again.
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hope these sorts of idiots DON'T get a warning from this, and keep doing it in Japan and get caught & locked up. That way, they might stop doing it in Australia as well. ;)
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I actually forwarded the article to my youngest to share with his mates. Mine knows what’s what, but who knows what his mates might think is ok on their first ever boys trip. 20yr olds can be kinda stupid.
     
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    Young ones need to learn that boundaries are different wherever they go......Bali for eg.
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some pretty wild logistical stats in that report. 4 hours from Tokyo to “nearby” Hakodate. Ha. It’s another 2.5 hrs from there to Niseko. 50km from Sapporo? Maybe a stretch as the crow flies, but edging 2 hrs car ride. Makes it sounds so convenient to access.
     
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    (sponsored content) up the top right.
    a little bit of creative marketing ;P
    just like how Hanazono wins the galaxy's best ski resort every year, and Hokkaido backcountry club wins worlds best heli-ski operator.

    i guess if you had a helicopter pick you up from Hakodate then its rather nearby :p
     
  28. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ummmm...
    Say what, now?!
     
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    they must have installed it over night!
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well that’ll make my wander up Yotei in August super easy LOL

    Friends of ours - competitive cyclists - are going for August. Staying at ours. They’re out the day before we get in. I’ll get some feedback from them on what it’s like for non skiers as a vacation destination for summer.
     
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    it sure does rain a lot
     
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    There’s a brolly in the cupboard, but I’ll give them the heads up to pack raincoats :thumbs:
     
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    All 4 seasons have their pros and cons, and all offer spectacular experiences in nature.
     
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    Nintendo will open its first ever official Nintendo Shop in Shibuya, Tokyo in this late November. Nintendo has been quite popular in Japan and many countries in the world but they didn't have a theme park or their own official store according to local media(There are many Pokemon Centers, though). Last year, Nintendo announced they would open a Nintendo Theme Park in Universal Studios Japan, so it seems Nintendo have started taking new growth strategies.
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    Odd, only available if you also have a JR east/Hokuriku/Tokyo wide pass. Not even if you have a nationwide rail pass, let alone no pass
     
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    And crunching the value it's not a hell of a lot of saving anyway.
     
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    Hakuba have been investing a lot for green season activities recently and they'll newly open Glamping sites at 1200m above sea level next week. Since several years ago, Glamping(glamorous camping = luxury camping) has been very popular in Japan and many ski resorts have started opening Glamping sites.
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    These are videos of average Glamping sites in Japan(but not Hakuba's)


     
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    Normally called "Glamping" in English!!! ;)
     
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    Haha, but it's "Gramping" in Japanese;). As you know, ら/ラ is always "Ra" not "La" in Japanese(I mean, Roma-Ji)LOL
     
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    Gramping here is spending time with your grandparents.

    Your gramping is cool.
     
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