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

  1. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I love Bandai Azuma Skyline. It's a road between Minowa ski resort and Takayu Onsen village(it's about 30km of length). Actually, there was a ski resort near Takayu Onsen. So, it used to be a mountain road between a ski resort and a ski resort. That said, Bandai Azuma Skyline is closed in winter due to heavy snow, so you couldn't go to the closed ski resort from Minowa ski resort by use of Bandai Azuma Skyline, though. Around the road, there are three highland onsen villages. I like visiting them in green season. I have mentioned Tsuchiyu Onsen here before but I have never mentioned Takayu Onsen (Takayu Onsen is at the base of the closed ski resort). Takayu Onsen :http://www.takayuonsen.jp/en/index.html#page1

    This is the closed ski resort along Bandai Azuma Skyline.
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    This was filmed at the closed ski resort on "March 30th". Considering it's spring, the snow condition was good.


    Bandai Azuma Skyline opens in April (it's closed between November and early - mid April). Soon after the road reopens in April, local backcountry skiers go to some 2000m peaks along the road. As I wrote, there are a long 2000m class range on the border of Fukushima Pref and Yamagata Pref and the area is the east end of the 2000m class mountain range. This was filmed on one of the mountains along the road in mid April and it's not inside a ski resort.


    Filmed on April 25th



    At 1200 - 1330m, there is another Onsen Ryokan area too(not Takayu Onsen village) and JMA has a weather station there.

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    Fukushima Pref should pay me some, because I'm promoting them:p
     
  2. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    I was quite surprised at how easy the drive up from Fukushima city was to Minowa resort and this Bandai region. Very accessible.
     
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  3. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, Mt.Minowa, Adatara and the 2000m mountain range between Fukushima and Yamagata are very easily accessible from Tohoku Shinkansen stations (Fukushima, Koriyama, etc) and from Tohoku Highway too. The accessibility has started helping the region has been attracting Asian tourists in recent years and we've started seeing some new investments there related to tourism (most are for green season, though). New roadside stations, old lodges being nicely renovated, completely new tourist destinations, a new "cycling station", etc have come in the region recently. Many lodges are still very cheap even now and the ski resorts in the region surely need more guests, though.
     
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    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Appi Kogen area (Hachimantai region) also has a similar road. It's also 30km length mountain road between a ski resort and a closed ski resort. It's Hachimantai Aspite Line. During green season, it's also popular for driving, cycling, hiking, onsen, etc. During winter, the road is closed but some people use the road for fabulous backcountry skiing.
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    This was filmed around a closed ski resort along the road on "March 16th". January and February are better than the video. In the video, you'll see a road and it's Hachimantai Aspite Line. It's very close to Appi Kogen and some other ski resorts (and the region is full of great backcountry terrains)


    A hiking trail between Appi's mountains and the closed ski resort along Hachimantai Aspite Line (It's close, so you can walk / hike between the mountains)
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  5. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow!!!
    The colours in that last picture!!!
    Sugoi desu ne!!!
     
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  6. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Haha, it's just a very average autumn color of Japan. I think I have written about this here before, NHK (or another channel?) was reporting why autumn color in Japan is beautiful. They say it's deciduous broad-leaved trees that makes autumn color. Most countries only have 13 or less deciduous broad-leaved tree species while Japan have 26. It is because while a lot of deciduous broad-leaved tree species went extinct during ice age in a lot of countries, they survived in Japan. For autumn color, cold autumn is needed and Japan is cold enough. Plus, abundant water (relatively big yearly precipitation) is also one of the reasons. That said, I'm not a specialist. I just wrote what the tv show explained.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    A most curious thing.
     
  8. fukuro-no-mori

    fukuro-no-mori Hard Yards

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    Many thanks for that Ramenman. The Bandai Azuma Skyline looks epic, like a Tour de France road. The Hachimantai road looks good too, but the Bandai one appeals more for the open views.
     
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    Yes, good BC skiing indeed :nerd:
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    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've found the NHK's related article (written only in Japanese, though). http://sciencejournal.livedoor.biz/archives/1268435.html

    According to it, thanks to warm currents around Japan and the islands of Japan being always nicely wet (not too dry), a lot of deciduous broad-leaved trees could survive the ice age.
     
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  11. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    About Yamagoya Aid Fund. Yama-goya = mountain hut. On Japanese mountains, there are numerous mountain huts and the condition of many of them are bad(they are old). A Japanese mountaineering magazine started "Yama-goya Aid Fund (It's crowdfunding)". Their initial goal was 3 million Yen by August 14th. Now, it has already reached nearly 70 million Yen. I'm happy:)
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    One of our common Yamagoyas for backcountry skiing filmed in summer (somewhere between Mt.Minowa and Mt.Adatara)
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    In winter, the mountain hut looks like this video.



    A mountain hut in Zao (It's on Zao Liza World side, not Zao Onsen). Those mountain huts have saved some people's lives.



     
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  12. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have to pay to stay! :ski:
    2nd floor entrance is always nice. :thumbs:
     
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  13. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    2nd floor entrance is nice, but sometimes, 2nd floor is not enough. For example, this Yamagoya, it has 3rd floor entrances but even the 3rd floor entrances can be buried in the snow;) (the two pictures below are the same Yamagoya, or I should call them "mountain refuges").
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    On the mountain, there used to be two ski resorts. Now, one of them was closed. In the bubble economy era, there was a plan to make one bigger united ski resort (by combining the two ski resorts with more lifts). I'm too young to know what the plan was like but the mountain is very potential.


     
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  14. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The first ever luxury condo hotel in Furano = "Fenix Furano" is opening this December (I mentioned it here a few times). Reportedly, all 33 rooms have been already sold out even though it's about 200 million Yen (the price depends on the room, but they roughly say "200 million Yen"). I wonder who bought them, Japanese?, Chinese?, people from the other Asian countries?, or Australian:p? (Ah, a person on this forum tooo_O!?)
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow If you can get that much I should knock down my place at Madarao and build one of these. For that much you would want to be ski in ski out. Are these?
     
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    tot Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Almost, gondy is literally 50m away across the road.
     
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    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Asama Early Days

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    "Thoughtful features have been designed to maximize income potential."

    I see, they're marketing to people who want to run a business rather than live there...
    Guess the owner doesn't have to like the place. Just a question of "income potential".
     
  19. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hong Kong is the city that has the largest number of billionaires in the world along with NY. For them, 200 million Yen is "very cheap". Considering the current situation, their properties inside Hong Kong can be confiscated by Communist Party of China in the future. The "new security law" might motivate more billionaires in Hong Kong to buy real estates in Japan, preparing for the days when they are ending up leaving Hong Kong.
     
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    They buy whole ski resorts. Have a look at ski resort sales in the last 5 years. Lots of Hong Kong money there.

    But considering how cheap property is in other ski areas you could buy, demolish and rebuild about 5 levels for the price of 2 of those apartments.
     
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  21. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Reportedly, the people who stayed at hotels / ryokans this May shrunk by more than 80% compared to 2019's May because of COVID-19(no wonder). More people have re-started travelling recently, but not enough. "Go To Campaign" will start late August or early September reportedly(Go To Campaign = Japanese governments distributing big travel coupons to support tourism industry). There is Dake Onsen Village. We've stayed there for spring time backcountry skiing on Mt.Iwaki. It seems some Ryokans there are on the verge of closure (bankruptcy) due to COVID-19. Now, one of them is trying to collect enough money to survive by crowdfunding. Mt.Iwaki is a very potential mountain. I hope more people are interested in the yummy mountain. Here is the spring time skiing video filmed on Mt.Iwaki in this late March(northern Tohoku might be still winter in late March, not spring though). The treeline of Mt.Iwaki is very low, only 1000 - 1200m or so. The elevation of the mountain is 1625m. They are not skiing around the peak i the video. Around the peak is completely treeless, nicely steep(it's not too steep nor too dangerous for skiing). It's a pity that the top lift station is at only 920m asl even though there are very yummy terrains between 1000m and 1625m(Mt.Iwaki is taller than Hakkoda)


    Mt.Iwaki is famous / popular for spring time backcountry skiing among advanced Japanese backcountry skiers, so even this backcountry map is available. Four Blue Triangles are the popular routes. 長平コース: Route Length = 10km, Vertical Drop = 1250m (You can use a gondola and lifts of a ski resort there up to 920m asl). 弥生コース: Route Length = 7km, Vertical Drop = 1300m. 百沢コース : Route Length = 5.5km, Vertical Drop = 1180m. 嶽コース : Route Length = 4km, Vertical Drop = 1000m.



    This is a picture that I took at 嶽コース in late March of 2019 (the last week of March if I remember correctly). In the Black circle, there is a green season lift station buried in the snow. It's running between roughly between 1200 - 1500m(Mt.Iwaki is 1625m) only during green season. We gave up, and didn't make it to the peak. I wish we could use the green season lift for skiing. There is a mountain road named Mt.Iwaki Skyline(or it's called Tsugaru Iwaki Skyline), and the road leads to 1200m asl. So the road + the lift = you can go to 1500m asl without a hike during green season.



    This is the Ryokan (hotel) on the verge of closure. It's at the base of 嶽コース and it's in Dake Onsen village.
    https://www.facebook.com/matagimeshi

    This was also filmed in this March. The uploader is originally from Europe (He married a Japanese woman and he is living in the region), and he can speak English too and he adds English subtitles to his videos, so you can understand what he says.


    Aomori Spring Ski Resort is on Mt.Iwaki and a Singaporean company bought it. Now they have English speaking backcountry tours on Mt.Iwaki and Hakkoda(Hakkoda mountains are very close to Mt.Iwaki). Some hotels in Hakkoda also have English speaking backcountry tours. So, if you are willing to hike for the great backcountry skiing terrains with professional English speaking guides, visiting Aomori Pref might be good.





    Hotel Jogakura has also English speaking backcountry tours (only Hakkoda, not Mt.Iwaki, though) and if you stay at the hotel, it's quite reasonable. Here is the online brochure : https://japanpackage.com.au/pdf/hakkoda_backcountry.pdf
     
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  22. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    FYI there are Aussies that have crowd funded to buy ski lodges in Japn.
     
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    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Japanese government keep monitoring the prices of specific 330,000 lands all over Japan and they release how the prices have changed every year (compared to the previous year) on July 1st. And yesterday, the land prices of 2020 was released. The land price along Hokkaido Prefectural Road Route 631 (it's a road in Hirafu, Niseko region) has risen by 50%. +50% in a year is crazy. You know, it's not just between 2019 and 2020, in the last 7 or 8 years, the land price there has been rising like that. The image below is the land price of the land near Grand Hirafu ski resort along Route 631 between 平成24 = 2012 and 平成30 = 2018. So, it says 7 times in 5 years. It's the data of 2018. The land price there has doubled since 2018, so it means the land price there has become 14 times in 7 years:eek:!?. I'm working now, so I'll write a bit more about details later (tonight)
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do you have a link to where we can get this information. I would be interested in looking at a few other areas.
     
  25. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ah, Hokkaido's local media are reporting today "14 times in 6 years", crazy:eek: Here is the link : https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/436466

    It's Rosenka = the data to calculate some related taxes, and Rosenka is not for the people buying the lands. Rosenka map is very complicated and even Japanese people don't understand the map if they are novices on the field. I think I'll write about the news a bit more tonight (because I'm interested). Here is the link, but again, even many Japanese people don't actually understand how to read & understand the Rosenka map. https://www.rosenka.nta.go.jp/
     
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    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    http://lawyerjapanese.com/tax-information-relating-to-real-estate-in-japan/page-1187/#:~:text=Here I will explain about,reference of particular land value.