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

  1. Ramenman

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    6 ski resorts in Takasu region will make one united ski resort just like Hakuba Valley. If you have one ticket, you can ride all of the 6 ski resorts. https://www.takasumountains.com/
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    The 6 ski resorts will install this ticket reading gates.
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    The ski resort will be open 24 hours. Orange = 通常営業 is the regular opening hours and all of 6 ski resorts are open in the orange(8:00 - 16:30). Blue = Sunrise(5am - 8am), Gray = Twilight(4:30pm - 6pm), Yellow = Night(6pm - 11pm), Green = Midnight(0am - 5am). I mean, some ski resorts are open in Green, some are in Blue, some are in Gray and some are in Yellow and at least one of them is open anytime.
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    That’s insane in a good way.

    Are they good places to ski?
     
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    I don't know much about ski resorts in the region but I wrote about Takasu Snow Park and Dynaland several times on this forum. They are relatively big and they are famous for the biggest half pipes and terrain parks. They are popular especially among snowboarders and FIS Snowboard World Cup was held twice there in the last 10 years. They are newly opening treerun courses and backcountry tours in recent years.
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    Ok then.
     
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    We could just respect the requirements of our hosts, just as we expect them to respect our requirements when they visit here.
     
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    Looks very intriguing! What sort of snow quality and quantity do they get at Takasu? Looks good elevation wise and distance to the sea of Japan.
     
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    I've been there only once, so I can't say much about the snow quality & quantity, but I've watched some videos filmed at Takasu Snow Park and Dynaland in this April, and there was still plenty of snow, so I guess the snow quality & quantity are not bad(if not very good). The base altitude of Takasu, Dynaland, White Pia and Washigatake are about 900m - 980m, relatively high, so mid-winter rain is less likely, I guess. As you can see in the picture below, they say 6 ski resorts, but I'd say it's 4 in that Takasu Snow Park - Dynaland is like one ski resort just like Madarao - Tangram and WhitePia Takasu - Washigatake Ski Area is also just like Madarao - Tangram. Yellow in the image below is Takasu Village, and if you stay at a lodge there, it takes only 10 - 15min to Red(Takasu - Dynaland) and Blue(WhitePia - Washigatake) by car.


    Takasu Snow Park has started making official treerun courses in recent years and backcountry tours as well. This is a video of backcountry of Takasu Snow Park.



    What makes this great is, you can see beautiful sunrise(the blue = 5-8 am) and sunset(the gray = 16:30 - 18:00). I always love seeing sunrise and sunset on snowy mountains, so beautiful.
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    Another 30 year old lodge relatively good condition is for sale at 8 million Yen now. It's walking distance to Takatsue ski resort(Fukushima Prefecture). Takatsue ski resort is 950 - 1660m(vertical drop is 710m), relatively big. There are some ski resorts nearby, such as Takahata ski resort (But Takahata is skier only resort, so if you are a snowboarder, you might not be interested in the lodge). The lodge is higher than 900m asl and snowy. The owner say 8 million Yen, then I would try to get it at 6.5 million Yen;)
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    This is the link, and you can see more pictures of the lodge(the lodge has 10 guest rooms and some owner's rooms)
    http://www.furusato-net.co.jp/bukken/bukkenShosai/117.html


    A lodge very near the lodge for sale. I just wanted to show what the lodges in the region look like at 900m asl in winter.
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    Takatsue Ski Resort is a ski resort Tobu Railway made. It's a bit like Gala Yuzawa in that JR made the ski resort Gala Yuzawa and its train station. So, the ski resort is relatively easily accessible by use of Tobu Railway. Asakusa(Tokyo) - Nikko - some onsen villages on highlands near Nikko - the ski resort region, it's the route that Tobu Railway has. Tobu Railway has very reasonable midnight trains to the ski resort region. It leaves Asakusa at 23:55, arriving at the ski resort region around 7am. You sleep in the midnight train, so you can cut the expense of an accommodation too;)

    スノーパル = Snowpal, the name of the train. 23:55 means it leaves Tokyo(Asakusa) at 23:55.
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    Since last year, Tobu Railway started using this new train for Snowpal 23:55, so I assume it's clean and comfortable to sleep(I haven't used the new Snowpal, though)
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    I think Takatsue is potential for attracting Asian tourists. Asian tourists rush to Gala Yuzawa in recent years because it's cheap and very easily accessible by train from Tokyo. Those newly born middle class people from Asia usually stay in Japan for less than 5 days and they want to enjoy shopping in Tokyo, go to one of Japanese traditional tourist destinations (Nikko is one of them) and experience a snow resort. And they want to make the trip as cheap as possible.

    It's close to Oze too. It's a popular national park for green season hikers. Oze region has the tallest mountains of Tohoku and they are very snowy and the mountains are not too steep nor too flat for skiing. There aren't ski resorts on the mountains, though(They are popular for spring time backcountry skiers). The region is the least populated region of Japan, being surrounded by very snowy tall mountains of Fukushima Pref and Niigata Pref.
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    Another 10 million Yen lodge in Zao region. Among ski resorts in Zao region, Zao Onsen ski resort is by far the biggest and the most famous but the lodge is in Miyagi Prefecture side(Zao Onsen is Yamagata Prefecture side). It's only 11 million Yen and 7 min drive to Miyagi Zao Eboshi ski resort. It's in the Black in the map below. It's 33 years old lodge with 9 guest rooms and some owner's rooms. It's Miyagi side, so it's close to the biggest city of Tohoku = Sendai, it's close to Tohoku Shinkansen stations and Tohoku Expressway. Considering many people who are skiing in Tohoku are visiting Geto Kogen, Appi, etc, being close to Tohoku Shinkansen & Tohoku Expressway is advantageous.


    Eboshi resort is about 650m - 1350m = Red(Black = the lodge is at 570m). Blue is a popular backcountry area(between 1350m and 1700m). Yellow is Sumikawa Snow Park and Sumikawa Snow Park has cat tours to one of the peaks of Zao Mountains everyday(There are Juhyo there). In that sense, the region might be good if you want to enjoy two backcountry skiing / snowboarding days before heading further north. This video was filmed in late March. The snow condition is better in mid winter.



    This is Sumikawa Snow Park, and it's also a short drive from the lodge.


    This is the CAT of Sumikawa Snow Park. It goes up to 1740m, so you don't need to hike. The group in the video don't know the mountain very well, so they are just skiing / snowboarding on Zao Echo Line, though. Zao Echo Line is a road to the peak. The road is open during green season and there are restaurants at the peak(but the road and restaurants are closed during winter). If you know the mountain very well, you can ride yummy hidden slopes, but you should not try without a guide because Zao mountains are famous for the quite bad visibility and you can get lost easily.


    Ah, this is the link of the lodge :
    https://house.ocn.ne.jp/toushi/detail/0/04301/6968232067/20002721/x06968232067.html
     
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    Winter has come:rolleyes:!?. Local media are reporting it snowed on Asahidake and Kurodake today(both are in Hokkaido) while Tokyo is 25 degreesLOL
     
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    Dammm.:)
     
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    Yotei too!
     
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    Don't get overexcited :whistle:. Any plans for going south in the "new" van? Ramenman has showed many possibilities for your backcountry adiction.:D
     
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    I was thinking about a roadtrip at the end of this season coming. But I'm going to Colorado instead and maybe the horstman glacier after (whistler summer skiing).
    I just don't like to give away any of my secret backcountry spots ;P any footage or photos on how to get there are also mysteriously deleted.
     
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    The best named glacier in the would - take my regards and send me a picture.:D

    I have already skied all over Shiga (on the net!) :evil:

    Doing only 10 days skiing ,but 5 weeks Japan. :headbang:
     
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    Haha, but it's not me who made it:p. Basically, I want skiers / snowboarders from abroad to buy properties in Japanese ski resort regions because I think it will help the ski resorts to survive:whistle:
     
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    Yeah, a few of these sites are doing these now. Paid advertorials disguised as articles.

    Madarao
    is 60%+ foreign owned now and accelerating.

    We ran the rule over one place there many years ago before deciding to stick in Myoko. We used to work with the tourist board there because they were worried about not getting enough foreign skiers in (and how to deal with them if they did).
     
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    I met the owners of Hakken and Activelife Madarao last year when we stayed. Had a great time there, the beds were imported from Australia so really comfy, the hospitality good and the concept of a free bus Monday to Friday to take you to a different ski resort for some variety very appealing, however we loved Madarao mountain so much we easily spent 5 days skiing there. Going back next year!
     
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    Niigata Prefecture recently made & uploaded this video in 7 foreign languages to attract more people from abroad to ski resorts in Niigata Pref. In Japanese ski resorts, 3 foreign languages (English, Chinese and Korean) are common, but 7 foreign languages are rare and they made the video in Russian, Thai and Vietnamese too.
     
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    Aww i thought it was actually 7 different videos.
    Not too difficult to change the subtitles in a video. Cool promo tho.
    At least they're taking a step outside the standard "Japanese ski resort template".
     
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    Good stuff! Would you have videos of other languages ? I am Australian and Vietnamese background
     
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    I don’t think the captions are required.

    Nice film, I feel like going there right now.:)
     
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    Glad they didnt give up a couple of the favs in the video :)
     
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    i put secret spots in my videos, but never show how to get there or get out ;P
     
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    @Ramenman please tell me about the sake machine?
     
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    Echigo yuzawa train station has a sake tasting museum.
     
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    There are some sake vending machine spots in Niigata Prefecture and the biggest ones are in Niigata Station and Echigo Yuzawa train station(if I remember correctly). Niigata is famous for sake breweries and there are some places in Niigata pref like the sake tasting museum that promote Niigata's local sakes. Niigata station is far from the ski resort regions but Echigo Yuzawa station is surrounded by many ski resorts.
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    This is the website : https://www.ponshukan.com/
     
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    That is just awesome.:):cool:
     
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    This is the one in Echigo Yuzawa Shinkansen Station. It seems there are about 150 local sakes from 80 - 90 local sake breweries(all are from Niigata Pref)
     
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    I wonder how many history loving folks miss their trains after the study of sake?:)
     
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    Haha, no problem if it's weekend in winter, I mean, Kandatsu Kogen ski resort is very close to Echigo Yuzawa station(only 7min drive) and the ski resort is open till 4am weekends. Plus, free shuttle bus is running, so you can visit the ski resort even after drinking and missing the train at midnight;). Kandatsu Kogen is the most accessible ski resort from Tokyo, it's small but a fun resort and it's open till 4am, so I used to go to Kandatsu Kogen often when I was a university student in Tokyo:)


     
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    Wow, very off the radar resorts. What kind of snowfall do they get in relation to other Nagano/Niigata resorts. Being on the south-eastern side of Nagano, probably far less I’m guessing.
     
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    It's drier / less snowy because it's far from Sea of Japan, but ski resorts in the region are colder because the base altitude is higher. JMA has a weather station at Sugadaira, and -20 degrees is not that rare there. I don't know much about ski resorts in the region, though. By the way, Karuizawa is famous as a place where rich people own their second houses / mansions. It's close to Tokyo and a lot cooler because the village is at 1000m above sea level, so It's a good place to keep away from Tokyo's summer heat.

    IS THIS REALLY BILL GATES’ MEGA-MANSION IN KARUIZAWA?
    http://japanpropertycentral.com/2013/07/is-this-really-bill-gates-mega-mansion-in-karuizawa/

    Visit Karuizawa : https://visitkaruizawa.com/en/


     
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    I haven't skied at Karuizawa, but it doesn't get much natural snow. While Sugadaira is more on the main Japan Alps, Karuizawa is south of the Alps, and even south of Mt Asama, well away from snow blowing off the Sea of Japan

    I have skied at Sugadaira, and it gets more snow than Karuizawa. It's not just the elevation that causes Sugadaira to get so cold on clear nights....
    Sugadaira is located in a high valley surrounded by mountains. It has one lower pass to the south, where air drains out at night. This pulls very cold air off the mountains and into the valley during clear nights. I've seen Sugadaira hit -24C at night, and it's often the coldest place in Japan.

    For example:
    Minimum overnight last night:
    Sugadaira, Nagano pref, 1253m: 8.9C
    Kustasu, Gunma pref, 1223m: 12.1C

    Sugadaira & Kustasu are about the same distance from the Sea of Japan, and only 25km apart.
     
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    Here's the non 'hot link' image.
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    Not much of a saving really?
    5 days at 4200 yen.. Plus some lunch onsen deals
     
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    Same deal as the one in Iiyama. If you're Japan savvy you can suss out cheaper deals for sure. This is more to encourage the newbie market I think.
     
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    I've been to four of them. Basically, the altitude of the ski resorts in the region are high. The altitude of Palcall Tsumagoi (one of the 17 ski resorts in the Karuizawa area) is 1370m - 2100m = vertical drop is 730m. It's drier than major ski resort regions but the season is long thanks to the high altitude. This is Palcall Tsumagoi.


    The ski resorts in the region reminds me of Marunuma Kogen ski resort. It's not one of the 17 Karuizawa ski resorts but the altitude, snow quality and long season are similar. Of all ski resorts in Kanto Region(Kanto Region = Tokyo + 6 other prefectures around Tokyo), Marunuma Kogen ski resort opens the earliest. Close to Tokyo and when most ski resorts near Tokyo don't have enough snow in late Novemer - early December, there is enough snow at Marunuma Kogen ski resort, so I used to go to Marunuma Kogen when I was studying in Tokyo. Marunuma Kogen is 1380 - 2000m(the peak of the mountain is 2600m).
     
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    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2274.html#news
    Not for this season, but new news nonetheless

    From May 2020, it will become necessary to make reservations for oversized luggage on some shinkansen (bullet train) lines.

    Passengers with oversized luggage, i.e. luggage pieces whose height, width and depth add up to more than 160cm, will be required to make a seat reservation in the last row of seats and pay an additional fee of 1000 yen per oversized piece of luggage.
     
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    VERY interesting!!!
    The competition would be good.
    Virgin out of Brisbane to Haneda would provide a good option to Jetstar (Gold Coast - Narita).
    The code share with ANA out of Sydney would provide a better Australia wide Virgin link up to those ANA flights.

    And even if Qantas gets both slots, they would then have flights out of Melbourne direct to Haneda instead of Narita, along with the current Sydney to Haneda flights.
     
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