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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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    The train system is just epic in Japan.
    A whole Subterranean world, connecting multiple train lines across the city. I caught the NEX from Shinjuku early this morning, and tonight when I got into Perth International to see the building site in the car park where they’re beginning construction of a rail connection between city centre and airport I just shook my head knowing it’ll be a poor pathetic attempt at a smooth transit system....

    I’d lay money down the Shink will be running to Kutchan before the rail to Perth airport is open, and I bet it runs smoothly, efficiently and with great connecting services also!
     
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    Kagura has announced Mitsumata area's 下山コース won't open this season(It's Number 16 in the image below). The last month's big typhoon caused a big land slide there, breaking a bridge there and it's the reason. It's just the lowest slope, so most people don't care if they can't ride there.
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    Not so many people ride there anyway, so it's not such a loss....
     
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    This is the new trail map of Takasu Snow Park and Dynaland(2019 - 2020). Left Half = Dynaland, Right Half = Takasu Snow Park. It's like Madarao - Tangram. Takasu Snow Park - Dynaland is 950m - 1550m, so the vertical drop is 600m(大日々岳 is 1709m and it's official backcountry tour mountain). Just like Madarao - Tangram, Takasu - Dynaland has a lot of tree run courses. ツリーラン in the trail map is treerun course. Several years ago, they didn't have a treerun but now they have 10 treerun courses and they've newly made 2 treerun courses for 2019 - 2020(New in the map is the new treerun courses).
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    They are famous for great parks. Pink areas in the trail map above are the parks.
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    They have the biggest half pipes. FIS Snowboard World Cup was held there.
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    This is one of the halfpipes.




    The treerun courses.
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    The backcountry area.
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think I may need to revisit dynaland and takasu one of these days.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    And I bet you'll be right!
     
  7. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'll be there in Jan...
     
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    Takasu Snow Park say they'll newly install a T-bar lift at the upper mountain next early spring(this season) for "Spring Park". By use of the new T-bar, you can enjoy riding the park repeatedly, it's what they say. A new T-bar in Japan? It's a very rare case.
     
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    There doesn't look like there is anything really new on the Dynaland side in the last couple of years apart from the Night Park bottom left on the new map. Maybe thinned a few trees skier's right above it.

     
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  10. Ramenman

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    Ah, there were already some treerun courses on Dynaland side many years ago?. And yes, they've thinned out trees for the treerun courses. They have a staff blog, and they keep uploading pictures of the ski resort's updates onto the blog, and they uploaded some pictures that show that the staff were cutting trees for the treerun courses.
     
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    There is a Zao Bodaira Athlete Village at the base area of Zao Liza World Ski resort. It's a national training center. A lot of facilities are for free(even if you are foreigners). You are coming to Japan for skiing / snowboarding, so I think you won't be interested in most facilities except the Cross-Country course, though. It is reported that "Athlete Recovery Center" is opening next year there. It consists of onsen, and some other facilities. I assume it's not for free but I assume it's very reasonable, considering many of the facilities of the national training center are for free or very cheap. This is the Athlete Recovery Center.
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    About National Training Centers, including Zao Bodaira Kogen(1060m asl)
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    Zao Liza World = a ski resort(not Zao Onsen ski resort). We sometimes use Liza World as a backcountry base.

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    Backcountry around Zao Liza World ski resort


    Inside ski resort(inbound) + sidecountry(almost 0 hike)




    A lodge on the ski slope
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    #1662 Ramenman, Nov 8, 2019
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    An expansive view means, high altitude but high altitude means autumn comes earlier. So it's not easy to find. In Chiba Prefecture(Narita Airport is in Chiba Pref), there is Mt.Nokogiri. The autumn color season is coming late there, so you might be able to see an expansive view, but not sure if it's worth a travel. This is Mt.Nokogori. There is a ropeway too there. Mt.Takao in Tokyo is very popular among tourists. The temperature was higher in this September - October, so you might be able to see autumn color there in late November this year(but not sure). The pics below are Mt.Nokogiri(Chiba Pref)
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can also see these at Mt Nokogori:
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    I can almost see Mt Nokogori from just near my place (from Yokohama, across Tokyo Bay)
     
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    I've noticed a lot of Togakushi promotion on social media lately, especially Instagram - looks like they are putting a lot of energy into the coming season. Can't wait to get there!
     
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    Hakuba Happo One uploaded a promotion video of 2019 -20 season last weekend.
     
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    Yep, it's flat and dry(compared to popular ski resorts in Japan). But I assume it's potential to attract Asian tourists and beginners in that it's close to the famous outlet in Karuizawa and close to Tokyo too. Plus, high altitude + relatively big vertical drop.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Owner is Singaporean and utilises a lot Thai staff. However I believe the op is technically based in Melbourne. I would think the plan would be to ship in loads of Asian tourists on packages. I doubt they're looking for pow hungry Aussies. Less than 2m base at height of the season.

    The only way is up it seems!
     
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    A local newspaper is reporting about it today in English.
    https://www.minyu-net.com/news/english/FM20191112-432578.php
     
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    does the lodge have a japanese website link
    i googled but couldn’t find it
     
  24. Ramenman

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    It reopened today(or yesterday) and it might be that booking websites haven't had the lodge yet. Before it was renovated, it was only 8950 Yen. I guess it's not that expensive even after renovation. I'll check the price later on.
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    https://travel.rakuten.co.jp/HOTEL/67998/67998.html ?

    But no booking possibilities! But looks like it has been taken over by the local town?
     
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    Ah, I've found the website : https://www.numajiri-lodge.com/

    And the price is about triple:p(8,950 Yen became around 25,000 Yen).
     
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    2 person i think?
     
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    It seems it's per person. The cheapest room is 22,000 Yen. The most expensive room with a private outdoor onsen is 44,000 Yen. Hmm, mixed feeling. After renovation, the lodge surely has become better, but the price is nearly triple:eek:
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    They say the new treerun course is the red area. 1280 - 1030m asl, so the vertical drop is about 250m. It's a relatively big vertical drop as a treerun course. The average gradient of the black line along the treerun course is 20°and I think it's nicely steep as a treerun course(it's the slope gradient of the black line, not the treerun course, though).
     
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    Now the Governor of Yamanashi Prefecture is saying they are seriously thinking about the possibility of constructing a new sightseeing train line up to the fifth station = 2300m of Mt.Fuji(about 3800m)
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    Wow, how does that sit with the status of the mountain? I've always considered it was sacred hill.
     
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    Mt.Fuji straddles Yamanashi Pref and Shizuoka Pref, but upper mountain area belongs to neither of them. The upper mountain belongs to Asama Shrine. If I remember correctly higher than 7th station (2700m) or 8th station (3000m) belongs to the shrine. And yes, it's considered as a sacred hill, but as to lower areas (up to 5th), you can already go by car. There is a road up to the 5th station(2300m) and it's possible if the local government have once decided to construct a train line up to the 5th station.

    I still doubt it will actually happens, though.
     
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    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are there any maps of the planned hakodate to sapporo route?
     
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    i think we will look for a simple pension around urabandai between nekoma and grandeco , family of 4 so numajiri is too much. cheap pension with car hire will be cheaper and better!
     
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  35. LMB

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    Nice diagram, but alas not a map.
     
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    There’s a great statistic on Wikipedia stating that the 211km extension of the Shinkansen line from Hakodate to Sapporo “will be approximately 76% in tunnels”!
     
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    I know of several sites with maps and details, but they all seem to be grossly out of date and/or ultra low quality.
    One of the better sources of maps is from http://www.pref.hokkaido.lg.jp/ss/skt/gaiyo/shinkansenroot.htm



    On the maps there you can see how much of the route is underground.
    You can see the route coming into and out of Kutchan is almost entirely tunnels.



    There is also available some some construction progress information.

    I think that says 73.7% of the track is underground, but only 20.9% of tunnels are done so far?
    155km of tunnels is pretty cool.
    pretty boring for passengers tho.

    I've seen bunch of bright lights at some spot just outside of Kutchan that I assume was the construction of the tunnel exit into town. Keep meaning to go see if I can drive close for a stickybeak, but it's a way off the main road and so far I haven't remembered to try yet.
     
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    Haha, new Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka is under construction, and 90% of the line is in tunnels (= underground):p. Tokyo - Osaka = 430km, and the new Shinkansen will run at 500km/h, so it will take only an hour!. The black and white line is the current Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka, and the red line is the new one under construction.
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    Well, seeing there's several golf courses, various developments and even a live firing range on the mountain I'd say that's more a myth than reality.
     
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    Pretty cool, thanks.
     
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    We went to the Maglev Exhibition Center in Yamanashi one trip, the whole thing is a spin out. The whole track is going to be lined (for the propulsion) with superconducting coils cooled to a temperature of −269 °C with liquid helium. Maintaining the track at scale is going to an additional nation building project on top of just building it.
     
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    A new tourism company named ike-ike Tsugaike was founded in Hakuba("ike-ike" in Japanese means like "go-go", "lively" in English) and they've renovated two accommodations and they are reopening as UNPLAN Village Hakuba. They say it's 5000 - 7000 Yen per night, so they are cheap / reasonable:)

    Here is the link : https://unplan.jp/ (Edit:I visited the link but Hakuba's renovated ones haven't been added yet, it seems)
     
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    This is one of the accommodations before renovation.
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    This is where it is.
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/プチホテル+ホワイトアベニュー/@36.7481745,137.8685065,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m8!3m7!1s0x5ff7ccc4c3e49b97:0x99e02e674d892f8b!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d36.7481745!4d137.8706952

    It will open next month.
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    This is the other one before renovation(As I mentioned, they’ve renovated two accommodations).
     
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    Links Umeda (Osaka) is opening tomorrow.
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    awesome... I will be there in December.. staying at a airb&b somewhere in umeda for a while with the family
     
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    1F = Highway & Sightseeing Bus station. It's linked to a JR's station and a Hankyu Railway's station. It consists of 200 shops and It has ICI sports too(they have some ski gears too)

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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    yodabashi umeda is easy to find... it's right next to the red subway line station (when negotiating the underground maze at umeda) and I always pay a visit when I am there.
    I can spend hours just wandering and looking
     
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    Kakunodate is a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture. It's close to Tazawako region. JR have renovated (or are renovating now) 3 Japanese traditional houses and 蔵(Kura) to open as new Ryokans. It will open on March 16th 2020.

    The official website (written both in Japanese and English) : https://familio-folkloro.com/wa-no-i/kakunodate/

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    I recently often hear Kura (=Japanese traditional storehouse) is opening as a cafe, a bar, etc. The image below is Kura(but not the ones opening as Ryokan)
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    Kura : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kura_(storehouse)


    Edit: Not all of the roads are closed now(I wrote "closed during winter" below. Route 397 is still closed in winter)
    Jeunesse Kurikoma ski resort is "relatively" close to Kakunodate (the new Ryokan area). Jeunesse Kurikoma is a very snowy ski resort. It's close to Geto Kogen too, but road between Iwate side(Geto Kogen side) and Akita side (Juenesse Kurikoma side) is closed in winter. The altitude is 400 - 800m (Vert = 400m), so it's a small mountain. The ski resort is named "Kurikoma", but it's actually not on Mt.Kurikoma. Mt.Kurikoma is 1630m, a very snowy mountain. It's a pity there isn't a ski resort on Tohoku's snowiest mountains such as Mt.Chokai, Mt.Kurikoma, Mt.Gassan(Gassan ski resort opens only between mid April and early July, not in winter), some tall mountains in Oze region( = Fukushima Pref) and some other mountains.

    Jeuness Kurikoma


     
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    I had this place semi ear-marked for our trip in Feb. Looked interesting - not overly big vertical, but some steeps and interesting terrain. I guess being on the western side of the range it gets pretty snowy there.

    I was contemplating whether to try this out while we were at Geto, or probably on our travel day from Geto up to Semboku (Lake Tawaza). So you're saying the road is closed in winter - is that Route 397? Could you still get there along Route 107 then towards Route 40?

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